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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
announces Michele Lezama as President & CEO

White Plains, NY, February 22, 2018 – The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering is proud to announce the selection of Michele Lezama as president and chief executive officer, effective March 26, 2018.

Michele served as the CEO and executive director of The National GEM Consortium (GEM). GEM is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented individuals who pursue and receive a masters or PhD in engineering, computer science and other applied science fields. During her tenure at GEM, she strategically positioned the consortium for advancement by moving their headquarters from its 30-year home in Indiana to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Prior to GEM, Michele served as executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. She is credited for turning around the organization’s financial position, tripling the organization’s capital position and creating a long-term investment structure. Under her leadership, NSBE received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring awarded by the White House Office of Science and Technology.

“NACME is delighted to have Michele join the organization as president and CEO,” said Ray Dempsey, NACME board chairman. “Her transformational leadership style and history of dedication and support of access to education for underrepresented minorities, is a great fit for NACME”.

Michele earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University, and both her M.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as NACME’s President and CEO,” Lezama said. “As a proud NACME Scholar Alum, I am excited to work with the NACME team to dramatically increase the number of high performing students who gain access to our nation’s most rigorous engineering and computer science undergraduate programs, to deliver exceptional outcomes for our university and corporate partners and to actively showcase the opportunities and successes of our nation’s diverse STEM community”.

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The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering supports high-performing African American, American Indian, and Latino engineering and computer science students, from college-to-career. NACME is nurturing the next generation of diverse leaders.

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NACME President and CEO Featured Keynote Speaker at ChiS&E Orientation

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NACME President and CEO Featured Keynote Speaker at ChiS&E Orientation

 

White Plains. N.Y. — The President and Chief Executive Officer for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, has been selected to deliver the keynote address at The Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E) Parent/Student Orientation, on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

The orientation session will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Lecture Hall “A,” 750 S. Halsted Street and is open to students in grades K-7 and their parents. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

McPhail stated, “I am sincerely honored to address the ChiS&E Parent/Student Orientation for a second time. My first interaction with this group in 2012 made a profound impression on me. Ken Hill and his team have developed the national prototype for early intervention with underrepresented minority children in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and, mathematics) education. We must start early in building the awareness, excitement, and knowledge base in STEM. I speak not only as a teacher, scholar, and executive, but more importantly as the grandfather of two boys—ages 7 and 1. I started STEM education with my guys at birth.”

Since 2008, ChiS&E have given a growing numbers of inner city children and their parents the rare opportunity of engaging in hands-on STEM education on Saturday mornings. The free programs take place in the spring and fall of each year, kicked off by an orientation session designed to familiarize parents and their children with the process for the Saturday engineering program. Parental participation is an essential component of the program.

“Dr. McPhail will not only provide valuable information about opportunities in STEM fields and future possibilities for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the orientation,” said Kenneth Hill, founder & president of ChiS&E, “but his engaging and informative address will also inspire and motivate parents and students to become fully committed to participating in ChiS&E.” 

Along with parents and their children in grades K-7, a number of city and state officials and other notables are also expected to attend the orientation. 

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

 


About The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E): The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program provides highly-engaging, age-appropriate hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities for Chicago Public School (CPS) students in grades K–7 and their parents.  For more information, visit www.chiprep.org

 

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NACME Welcomes Air Products to its Board of Directors

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NACME Welcomes Air Products to its Board of Directors

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce the addition of another company to its already illustrious roster of companies serving on its Board of Directors.

“At our semi-annual meeting in early June, Air Products joined NACME’s Board of Directors,” said NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Since our founding, NACME has been guided by the goal of building an engineering workforce that looks like America. Air Products is a perfect complement to our board as they share this vision. With more than 20,000 employees across 50 countries, Air Products has made diversity & inclusion a core value.”

Founded in 1940, Air Products has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and environment. In 2014, the company had annual sales of $10.4 billion.

“Over more than four decades, NACME has built an impressive track record of creating pathways of opportunities for African American, Latino and American Indian engineers” said Thomas E. Mutchler, Air Products’ Vice President for Global Engineering and Manufacturing. “From its efforts in pre-engineering for middle and high school students, through the numerous scholarships it distributes to make engineering degrees possible, NACME has been a leader in this effort. We are excited to join the Board of Directors of this esteemed organization.”

 

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Thomas E. Mutchler
Vice President Global Engineering and Manufacturing
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.


About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law education and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About Air Products and Chemicals Inc.: Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products’ materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 276 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

 

 

Johnson Austin to Give Keynote Speech at Columbia Secondary Graduation

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Johnson Austin to Give Keynote Speech at Columbia Secondary Graduation

 

White Plains. N.Y. — Saundra Johnson Austin, Senior Vice President for Operations at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME), has been invited to give the keynote speech for the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony of The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering. The graduation ceremony will take place on Monday June 22nd at 5 p.m. The school is located at 425 West 123rd Street, New York, NY.


The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering (CSS-MSE) is a public, sixth through twelfth grade school that opened in the fall of 2007. A partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the community, and Columbia University, CSS-MSE serves academically talented students who have an interest in a rigorous and demanding program focusing on math, science, and engineering. The school reached full enrollment of close to 700 students during the 2013-2014 school year and graduated its first class of seniors in June, 2014.


"As a key panelist and speaker at an educational leadership conference, Saundra's experience and professionalism were perfectly complimented by her approachability and speaking acumen,” said Dan Novak, Assistant Principal, CSS-MSE. “Inspired by these obvious characteristics, an impressive engineering career, and a consistent track record of advocacy for our aspiring minority youth, we invited Saundra to serve as the keynote speaker for the moving up ceremony of our diverse and dedicated eighth grade students. We know that her words and experience will inspire this next generation of engineers and professionals to pursue their dreams!"


Ms. Johnson Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She began her career at Bechtel Power Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she worked in project controls, estimating, and business development.


In 1994, she became director of the Minority Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at Penn State. In 1998, she was recognized with the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year and the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Outstanding Contribution by a Minority Engineering Program Administrator Award. In 2015, she was named the recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Alumna Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State.


Johnson Austin left Penn State in 2000 to become head of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science at the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, she was named executive vice president of the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Later she served as the first president and CEO of St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 2008-2010. She is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Executive MBA Program.


In her current role at NACME, she supports the president and CEO on key organizational and strategic direction and is responsible for the execution of programs, research, communications, and engineering public policy. She currently resides in White Plains, New York.


‘It was an unexpected honor to be asked to give the keynote address to this promising group of eighth graders,” said Ms. Johnson Austin. “I will do my best to impart to these young people the value of hard work and that they should take an expansive view in thinking about their career goals. This is a crucial point to convey the opportunities and rewards that await them in the STEM field.”

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Saundra Johnson Austin

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.


NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through community college strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About CSS-MSE: Columbia Secondary is a selective, public, college preparatory school with a focus on science, math, and engineering. Its program of study provides a challenging academic experience that prepares its students for selective colleges; for careers in science, math, and engineering; and for a life of civic engagement and ethical responsibility CSS-MSE trains students to be socially and politically conscious, to be aware of their responsibility to their communities and the world, and to be dedicated to a life of creation and discovery in service of humanity. www.columbiasecondary.org

 

 

 

NACME and Procter & Gamble Announce STEM Leadership Forum

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NACME and Procter & Gamble Announce STEM Leadership Forum on June 3rd 

National Thought Leaders to Discuss “Preparing Our Youth for STEM Careers”

 

 White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) are presenting a STEM leadership forum entitled “Preparing Our Youth for STEM Careers,” on Wednesday, June 3rd. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the John G. Smale Auditorium & Rotunda at Procter & Gamble Headquarters, 2 Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio. Members of the media are invited to attend and encouraged to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME will open the forum with a presentation titled The “New” American Dilemma.  According to Dr. McPhail, The “New” American Dilemma is characterized by the persistently low number of African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men who pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study and careers in engineering. Dr. McPhail will point to the fact that, of all Bachelor of Science Degrees Awarded in 2013, only 13.4 percent were awarded to underrepresented minorities (URM’s), although they represent 31.5 percent of the general population. Dr. McPhail believes with greater equality in educational attainment, demographic disparities within the STEM workforce can be diminished, helping boost minority representation in STEM employment and U.S. leadership in technology and innovation. 

Following Dr. McPhail’s remarks, forum moderator Lourdes Albacarys, P&G, Vice President of Research and Development, and NACME Scholar, will guide the distinguished panelists in a discussion of the most effective potential methods of increasing minority participation in the STEM field. 

STEM Leadership Forum Panelists Include:

  • Mary G. Adams, Program Manager, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, Retired, Procter & Gamble
  • Andrea Bowens-Jones, Ph.D. Director, Resident Scholar Program: Section Head, Research & Development, Procter & Gamble
  • Denise Casey, Executive Director, Minorities in Mathematics, Science & Engineering
  • Kim McMillan, Interim Associate Dean, Center for Innovative Technologies, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Robert Morgan, Ph.D., Director, STEM Path to the MBA, University of Alabama
  • Bob Setlock, Director, Project High Flight, Miami University of Ohio
  • Kathy Wright, Principal, Hughes STEM High School

STEM education initiatives have been a major focus of Procter & Gamble’s philanthropic efforts. In addition to an annual leadership gift to NACME and serving as a long-time NACME Board Company, Procter & Gamble is a major supporter of the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hughes STEM High School in Cincinnati and the STEM Innovation Collaborative, a program designed to expose students to STEM at a young age. 

“Procter & Gamble’s emphasis on diversity and STEM naturally complements our role as a business leader in building consumer-preferred brands and products. Effective STEM education is critical for developing future innovation leaders reflective of our diverse consumer base and bring more winning, delightful innovations to market,” explains William P. Gipson, Senior Vice President Global Diversity and Research & Development, Asia Innovation Centers, at P&G. "NACME’s role is critical to addressing the challenge we face of a growing talent gap in U.S. education in science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields. As an innovation based company, improvements in STEM graduation rates, and especially those of underrepresented U.S. minorities, are vital to business success now and for generations to come.” 

Since 1974, NACME has conducted research and analyzed trends in education, engineering enrollment, degree completion and workforce participation for underrepresented minorities. 2015 will mark the third year that NACME has partnered with a leading corporation to organize a STEM Leadership Forum. The inaugural STEM Leadership Forum took place in 2013 at Hewlett Packard (HP) Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. In 2014, Johnson Controls, Inc. hosted the event at their headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

“We have made the STEM leadership forum an annual event because there is great ‘convening power’ in bringing together professionals who work in STEM at the grassroots level with university leaders and researchers,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “The changing nature of the job market place, societal pressures on young people, and the advance of technology, make it imperative that we all stay current in order to attain better outcomes for underrepresented minorities in the STEM field. We thank Procter & Gamble for hosting this event and for their leadership role in building an engineering workforce that looks like America.” 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org. 

About Procter & Gamble: P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

 

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NACME Board Liaisons Offer Examples for Graduates

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NACME Board Liaisons Offer Examples for Graduates
Dr. Olester Benson and Gene Washington Highlighted in Inspirational Media Clips

 

White Plains. N.Y. — In keeping with its role of mentoring underrepresented minorities in the STEM field, The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has posted three current news items on its web-site  to offer inspiration for graduating seniors.

The first clip features a recent NPR interview with Dr. Olester Benson, a Corporate Research Scientist at 3M and longtime NACME Board Liaison. In the interview entitled “The Importance of Failure in Science,” Dr. Benson joined with NPR science correspondent Joe Palca, and Frank Bates, a professor of chemical engineering and materials at the University of Minnesota, in a lively discussion. Beyond asserting that failure is part of science, the radio guests explained that failure is essential to scientific inquiry.  

“Failure is important because failure is what propels us,” said Dr. Benson. “The problem is that many people fail and quit. So we have to learn how to persevere.” Dr. Benson later amplified this point by discussing his work mentoring high school students at a school in North Dakota. “The students are afraid to fail, or even ask an unusual question, because they don’t want to look foolish in front of their friends,” added Dr. Benson. “I tell them they need to be like Curious George. He was curious about everything and he wasn’t shy about it.”

There are also links to a video and a radio interview on a new documentary entitled “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” about Gene Washington, a former NFL great and NACME Board Liaison. In advance of the release of the film, Gene Washington and his daughter, documentary film-maker Maya Washington, discuss Gene’s decision to leave the segregated south in 1964 to be drafted onto one of the first integrated college football teams, the Michigan State University (MSU) Spartans.

During Washington’s years at MSU, the Spartans won back to back Big Ten and National Championships. “When teams such as MSU started winning championships, southern colleges and universities knew they had to integrate if they were going to be competitive,” said Maya Washington. “As the wider community began routing for black players, it had a very positive impact on the civil rights movement. The film also takes a look at how far college and pro football have come in the past 50 years.”

In 1967, Gene Washington would be one of the first draft picks of the Minnesota Vikings and would be part of the Vikings 1969 NFL Championship team before moving on to the Denver Broncos in the early 1970’s.

After retiring from football, Mr. Washington worked in human resources at 3M Corporation for many years, wherein he took a leadership role in recruiting engineers and scientists. “I am grateful for the time I had at 3M and the work of recruiting engineers,” said Washington. “My advice to students is to do your best at your sport, but also concentrate on your academics. For most athletes, a professional career in sports won’t last forever and you need something to fall back on.”

“Olester and Gene both overcame significant challenges to achieve outstanding career goals,” added Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME). “We are proud to have them as part of our extended NACME family and we are happy to share their words of wisdom with our network of future engineers.”   

For more information about the film, visit www.throughthebanksoftheredcedar.com.

 

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Maya and Gene Washington

  

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

 

 

 

US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine
Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

White Plains. N.Y.US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine has designated the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) as one of the 2015 Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Engineering Programs. NACME was chosen for the coveted award by a panel comprised of the deans of 15 university level engineering programs and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE). 

“The ‘Top Supporter’ distinction has grown in prestige over 13 years and comes directly from the results of a survey by our magazine,” said US Black Engineer and Information Technology (USBE&IT) publisher Tyrone D. Taborn. “NACME has not only supported HBCU’s with block grants for scholarships, but has been instrumental in supporting HBCU students during their studies and providing professional development after they graduate.” 

In total, twenty ‘Top Supporter’ Awards are given in each of two categories: ‘Top 10 Corporations’ and ‘Top 10 Government and Nonprofit Supporters’. 

Of NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions, six are Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, and Morgan State University. 

“NACME is proud to be recognized for our support of HBCU Engineering Colleges” said NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Although HBCU’s represent only three percent of all U.S. higher education institutions, 8.5 percent of African American undergraduates attended these institutions in 2012, and they awarded 16.7 percent of all bachelor’s degrees to African Americans that year. Together, NACME and our HBCU Engineering Colleges are building an engineering workforce that looks like America.”

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org 

About US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine: US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine provides technology news and information about STEM, multicultural entrepreneurs, engineers, education, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) from multicultural communities in US, UK, Caribbean, and Africa. 

 

 

 

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

 

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Fostering Dynamic Careers in Engineering for Young People

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has announced a $300,000 contribution from AT&T to cover two years of activities, of which $100,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country. AT&T is a founding partner of NACME, having served on NACME’s Board of Directors since its inception in 1974.

The contribution was presented today to NACME during a special event at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, NY. Sponsor representatives and members of the media toured classrooms and saw exciting student presentations of robotics and other engineering projects.

AT&T has contributed more than $6.6 million to NACME since 1984.

The AOEs, aim to educate high school students in the principles of engineering, and provide content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The AOEs were founded as a three-way partnership between NACME, NAF, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). As of the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 109 AOEs nationwide.

The 10 AOEs receiving AT&T support were selected by NACME based on their commitment to enhance learning for underrepresented minority students on the pathway to higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The funding will enable teachers to conduct hands on learning in the classroom through purchase of Project Lead the Way curriculum and supplies. Students will also be eligible for a range of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.

“AT&T is a national leader in technology, innovation, and philanthropy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “Our Academies of Engineering are incubators, which serve to nurture promising students at the crucial phase when they are preparing for college and deciding on a career path. This ongoing support from AT&T will continue to ensure student success stories.”

This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.

As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, fivegraduating seniors from the selected AOE schools received a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward their first-year in college. These dynamic students are in their first-year now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering.

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students, like the High School for CTEA, helps to ensure that America maintains its pre-eminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “AT&T’s collaboration with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM related initiatives that will result in the success of our future workforce.”

Academies of Engineering that received support through the AT&T grant included:

  • A.J. Moore High Academy at University High School, Waco, TX
  • Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture, Ozone Park, NY
  • Galt High School, Galt, CA
  • Hialeah Gardens High School, Hialeah Gardens, FL
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, GA
  • Northeast Academy High School, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, MO
  • Scotlandville Magnate High School, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, NC

“The students and faculty of the High School for CTEA are indebted to AT&T for their continuing support by extending another Aspire Grant to us this year,” adds Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. “As in years’ past, these funds are used to enhance the engineering curriculum by offering students hands-on experiences that bring learning to life. This year students are creating two functioning robotic systems using their knowledge of the design process and principles of engineering, skills that will empower their understanding and increase their career potential as we move further into the 21st Century.”

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(L-R) Lakeisha Gordon, Principal CTEA; Ed Bergstraesser, Director, External Affairs, AT&T;  Elizabeth Ross, Chief Development Officer, NACME; and Steven Wynn (Photo: Todd Boebel)

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org


About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

 

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NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

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White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) has announced that Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME, will present the 2015 Commencement Address to 2,800 graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The commencement ceremony will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, May 19. During the ceremony, Dr. McPhail will also be receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

“NJIT’s class of 2015 includes torch bearers and trail blazers,” says Dr. McPhail. “There are African American, American Indian, and Latino students who have chosen to enter fields such as engineering, where people of their backgrounds have been traditionally underrepresented. And many members of the class of 2015 are the first in their families to go to college. It is an especially exciting time to be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions. With the stellar education they have received at NJIT, each of these graduates has a promising career ahead.”  

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention to graduation rates of all underrepresented minority students, those who are Africa American, American Indian, and Latino. NACME requires partner institution engineering programs, that receive funding through NACME, ensure that there is a retention to graduation rate of 80 percent for underrepresented minorities and that NACME Scholars, students in these colleges who receive scholarships and support through NACME, maintain a 3.3 grade point average.

The partner institutions benefit from participation in NACME’s annual continuum meeting, where best and promising practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME awards block grants to partner institutions for them to select NACME Scholars and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity with equity and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students. “By awarding honorary degrees, NJIT recognizes individuals whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration to our graduates and, in honouring these individuals the university is honoured as well,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “Throughout his career, Dr. McPhail has advocated for increasing opportunities and improving performance for underrepresented minority students in STEM studies. His outstanding leadership as the president and CEO of NACME will provide inspiration to all NJIT graduates.”

During the commencement ceremony, NJIT will also confer an honorary Doctor of Science on Charles Elachi, Ph.D., director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Vice President of the California Institute of Technology.

 

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NJIT Commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, 2014

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): One of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $106 million, and is among the top one percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer

 

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NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer 

 

White Plains. N.Y. —  Fundraising and marketing professional Elizabeth Ross has been named the Chief Development Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME).

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, and working with other staff members and the NACME Board of Directors, Ms. Ross will design and execute a robust fundraising program in support of NACME’s transformational Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan. She will also serve as Staff to the Development Committee of the NACME Board of Directors.

“Having just celebrated our 40th anniversary last year, NACME is now poised to enter an exciting new chapter in our history,” explained NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Our ambitious goals for the Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan will require that we reach a new plateau in our development objectives. Based on her background and previous accomplishments, I am confident Elizabeth is the right person to lead this effort.”

Most recently, Ms. Ross worked with the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and the PEN American Center on Strategic projects. Her past positions have included serving as VP of Business Development for Speakeasy, Inc., a communication consulting firm, and Associate Director for San Francisco-based Net Impact, an organization that promotes corporate responsibility and responsible business, where she managed corporate relations, fundraising initiatives, communication, and the organization’s annual international conference.

“Much of my career has been devoted to helping leading non-profit organizations expand capacity and reach new audiences,” stated Ms. Ross. “NACME is known for its distinguished board of directors, and for its’ solid track record of empowering underrepresented minorities with educational opportunities. I am excited to join this organization and help ensure NACME’s vital work continues far into the future.”

Ms. Ross received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University. While at the University of Michigan, she was recognized with the 1996 MBA Leadership Award. 

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About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org



 

 

 

NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

 

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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

Christopher Smith Earns Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce that Christopher Smith, NACME’s Director of Research and Program Evaluation, will receive a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

A NACME staff member since 2012, Dr. Smith will continue to report on trends in engineering education and policy while measuring the impact of NACME programs.

“We are all proud of Chris for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation and upcoming graduation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME. “I know that he will be aggressive in contributing to the growth of the knowledge base in his field. His new degree will only increase his effectiveness in driving a robust research and program evaluation agenda at NACME.”

Previously, Dr. Smith worked as the Program Director of Evaluation Services at The After-School Corporation (TASC), where he evaluated after-school programs that were funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, and evaluated TASC-developed program models. He has previously served as the Newsletter Editor and Membership Director for the American Educational Research Association’s ‘Out-of-School Time’ Special Interest Group.

“Through my work at NACME, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many outstanding educators with doctorate degrees who have helped me in my pursuit of this degree,” said Dr. Smith. “From both my research and first hand experiences, I’ve also seen how education can transform lives. I believe that the rigor and research practices learned through this program will only enhance my work at NACME. The support of the larger NACME family has been a wonderful encouragement throughout this journey.”  

 

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NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org



 

 

 

NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering

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 NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering 

White Plains. N.Y. —  The President and Chief Executive Officer for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME), Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, has been selected to deliver the 2015 Commencement Address to the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering on May 9th.

There will be approximately 85 graduate students and 327 undergraduate students participating in the in ceremony, which will take place at 5 p.m. in Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I am honored to deliver this address as my whole career has been devoted to expanding educational opportunities for young people,” says Dr. McPhail. “The University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering has not only been recognized for the excellence of its instruction, but also for its commitment to recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented minorities.”

Twenty percent of those applying for graduation from the College of Engineering this year are underrepresented minorities and 19.4 percent are female. Of the remainder of the student body not graduating this year, 22.7 percent are minorities and 20.7 percent are female.

The University of Arkansas is one of the NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions.

NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention-to-graduation rates of all minority students. The universities benefit from participation in NACME’s annual workshop, where best practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME provides scholarships to students in the form of block grants to partner institutions and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness, and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students.

“We’re so honored to have Dr. McPhail as our commencement speaker,” adds John English, Dean, University of Arkansas College of Engineering. “His work and accomplishments in the area of diversity are very impressive. Diversity is one of our priorities at the University of Arkansas, and it is a pressing issue for the College of Engineering and the field of engineering in general. We are pleased that Dr. McPhail will be able to convey the importance of these issues at our ceremony.” Since 2000, 37 students from the College of Engineering have received National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships. 

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About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org


About the College of Engineering: The University Of Arkansas College Of Engineering is the only comprehensive Ph.D. - granting engineering program in the state of Arkansas. The college offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nine engineering fields, as well as incorporating distance learning and interdisciplinary programs. Faculty in the College of Engineering conduct research in many key areas, including electronics, energy, healthcare logistics, nanotechnology, transportation, and logistics.

 

 

 

 

NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award

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NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award 

White Plains. N.Y. - - The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Karina Quintana, a NACME Scholar Ambassador, has been recognized with the DiscoverE College Edition Award. The award recognizes 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students who display a singular commitment to effecting positive change through substantive, real world applications of their skills and training.

“We are proud that one of our scholar ambassadors will be receiving this coveted award,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “To stay competitive in the years ahead, the United States will need to develop a robust engineering workforce. Ensuring that our engineering workforce reflects the diversity of America will only make us stronger.”

Karina Quintana Serves as NACME Scholar Ambassador at Florida International University (FIU).Initially planning to be a pre-law major, Karina switched to engineering during her college orientation after seeing a video of the amazing projects FIU’s engineering school was working on. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the electromagnetic lab at her school where she developed a compact, wearable antenna using a printable Conformal Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance (CSCMR) method for wireless power transfer. This device will allow patients to be monitored from the comfort of their own homes.

"Research has served as my personal grounding and my motivation to strive and succeed in school,” says Ms. Quintana. "It is a constant that offers the exhilaration of discovery; it requires persistence, challenges creativity, and requires me to take risks and dream big. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree and specialize in industry as a radio frequency engineer.”

As a NACME Scholar Ambassador, Ms. Quintana is among a select group of 34 students nationwide who represent NACME on their respective campuses. Scholar ambassadors coordinate student participation in webinars and phone conferences, foster internship preparation, professional networking, and facilitate social media activity.

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About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About DiscoverE: The DiscoverE’s mission is to strengthen and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. www.discovere.org

 

Johnson Austin Named Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna

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Johnson Austin Named Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna

White Plains. N.Y. - -The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Saundra Johnson Austin, Senior Vice President for Operations at NACME, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering. Ms. Johnson Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State in 1986.

Since it was established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award has recognized graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement and is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.

Ms. Johnson Austin will receive her award, along with 11 other recipients, at a ceremony on April 14 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. “I am honored and grateful to be recognized as an Outstanding Engineering Alumna,” says Ms. Johnson Austin.  “My years at Penn State, both as a student and a faculty member, have been cornerstones in my career. I have also known and admired many of the other alumna who have received this award over the years, which only adds to my appreciation.” 

She began her career at Bechtel Power Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she worked in project controls, estimating, and business development.

In 1994, she became director of the Minority Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at Penn State. In 1998, she was recognized with the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year and the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Outstanding Contribution by a Minority Engineering Program Administrator Award.

Johnson Austin left Penn State in 2000 to become head of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science at the University of Notre Dame.    
In 2005, she was named executive vice president of the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Later she served as the first president and CEO of St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 2008-2010.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Executive MBA Program.

In her current role at NACME, she supports the president and CEO on key organizational and strategic direction and is responsible for the execution of programs, research, communications, and engineering public policy. She currently resides in White Plains, New York.

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 About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through community college strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

 

 

 

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