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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Becomes ABET Associate Member Society

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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Becomes
ABET Associate Member Society

White Plains, N.Y.—The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is the newest Associate Member Society of ABET, the accreditation organization dedicated to assuring quality in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.

As a global leader in accreditation, ABET ensures that technical education programs around the world are effectively adapting to the changing educational environment. This includes taking steps to facilitate the entry of diverse students into technical classrooms. The addition of NACME, the 2012 winner of ABET’s Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity, allows ABET to make further inroads in its drive to promote diversity in the technical disciplines.

“Bringing NACME on board is a big boost for ABET’s diversity initiatives,” said ABET Executive Director Michael K. J. Milligan, Ph.D., P.E. “Not only will they lend us valuable direction in the role of improving diversity. NACME has a long history of expanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to broad and diverse audiences and throughout its history has built strong ties with industry, which are extremely valuable to ABET as an organization that fosters diversity and strives to remain relevant in our field.”

Since 1974, NACME has been dedicated to increasing the number of successful African-American, American Indian, and Latino students in STEM education and careers. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,300 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. To date, NACME has provided over 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support.

NACME President and Chief Executive Officer Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., is equally enthusiastic about his organization’s membership within ABET.

"ABET is recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education,” said McPhail. “NACME has been at the forefront of the national effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers for the past four decades. Both organizations share a commitment to the belief that diversity drives innovation. I look forward to working with my fellow board directors and ABET leadership to ensure that diversity becomes an even stronger and more visible metric in promoting quality and innovation in engineering education."

As an Associate Member Society, NACME will contribute to the ABET mission of assuring quality in technical education worldwide and hold a non-voting seat on the ABET Board of Directors. The organization will not have curricular responsibility for specific programs.

The ABET Board approved NACME's application for admission as an Associate Member Society during its October 2013 meeting. The application was ratified by two-thirds of ABET's member societies in February 2014.

The addition of NACME brings the current number of ABET Member Societies up to 34, with 30 member organizations and four associate member organizations. See the full list of ABET Member Societies.

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 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.

About ABET: ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, is a federation of 34 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, ABET currently accredits over 3,400 programs at almost 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. More than 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

 

NACME President and CEO Establishes Memorial Scholarship in Honor of His Parents

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NACME President and CEO Establishes Memorial Scholarship
in Honor of His Parents

First Scholarship Recipient Presented with $5,000 During NACME’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

White Plains. N.Y. — Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship with a check for $5,000 during the NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

The scholarship, which was established earlier this year, was awarded to Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. fellow. Guiro’s broad research goal is to develop successful therapeutic strategies for a range of diseases by closing the gap between engineering and molecular biology. She is currently studying breast cancer dormancy, a primary factor in disease recurrence, by using tissue engineering to closely observe the mechanisms of cell dormancy following cancer treatments.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in females worldwide, and the second main cause of female mortality and morbidity in the western world. Recurrences after decades of remission are a particular problem,” she says.

"Khady is addressing an important issue in breast cancer research where we are trying to understand how and why cancer cells remain dormant in the body, even after aggressive chemotherapy treatment. These dormant cells also appear to reside in close proximity to bone tissue so she is developing a model to study breast cancer cell interaction with this tissue," said Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Director of the Graduate Program of the Biomedical Engineering Department at NJIT, and Guiro’s advisor.

Guiro, who moved to the United States as a teenager, was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, where she recounts “watching my community being affected by health issues such as malnutrition, infectious diseases, and cancer, but mainly a lack of knowledge regarding preventive measures and the absence of health research institutions.” She adds, “I grew up with a desire to seek an education that would lead me to a career in improving the quality of health of others, particularly those in my community. Biomedical engineering seemed like a perfect field to study because it could lead to career opportunities, like conducting cutting-edge research, designing medical devices, developing pharmaceuticals to treat diseases, and developing artificial organs and tissues.”

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering to honor the memory of my parents by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

“NACME does a brilliant job not only in helping minority students to become engineers, but excel in their careers. This is a vital service for our country. It ensures we have an outstanding cadre of minority engineers who bring a much-needed diversity of experiences and ideas to the workplace, while also assisting individuals who are as determined as NACME to make a difference in every important area of American life, from cutting-edge industry, to infrastructure, to public health,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel Bloom. “By honoring Khady Guiro with a scholarship named for his parents, Dr. McPhail is providing wonderful support and encouragement to someone we know is resolved to make her mark by tackling diseases with creative engineering. We could not be more proud of her or more grateful to Dr. McPhail for recognizing and rewarding her talent.”

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro; Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail; Dr. Christine McPhail.

The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

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The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on
New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

The Applied Sciences NYC Project Panelists Believe City-Based Tech Centers Will
Help Make New York City a Technology Hub Like Silicon Valley

 

                             White Plains, N.Y. — On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), held a unique panel discussion entitled, “Celebrating Successful Partnerships: Applied Sciences NYC Project” with all of the key partners in the groundbreaking initiative that will help make New York City the “Silicon Valley” of the east.

Hours before kicking off its 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration, the in-depth panel discussion was opened with remarks from former New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert K. Steel, who is now the Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners.

“[Former] Mayor Bloomberg and I liked the idea that higher education institutions could come together with government and really make something happen,” said Steel. “This project will have an impact on the entire economy of the city. As it stands, there isn’t an aspect of the workforce in the city that is not currently affected by technology.”

“We are inventing a completely new education system,” said Dr. Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean College of Engineering at Cornell University. “And the exciting part is that everything will be integrated in New York City. This will truly be a new era for technology and education in the city.”

“We applaud the vision for the Applied Sciences NYC Project, and are delighted that NACME Partner Institutions are leading this effort. As a native New Yorker, I am especially proud to witness the beginning of the next Silicon Valley in my hometown,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “NACME intends to work closely with the Applied Sciences NYC Project and other partners to ensure that talented African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in New York City are fully engaged in the opportunities for innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship in STEM. Since our founding four decades ago, NACME has been committed to the view that diversity drives innovation and that its absence imperils our designs, our products, and most of all, our creativity—all components of competitiveness.”

Panel moderator, Dr. Eugene Michael Maximilien, Chief Architect for Cloud Innovations

IBM Cloud Labs and NACME Alumnus from Florida International University asked the panelists if they believed the Applied Sciences NYC Project will help change the mind set of people in the east. “I have spent a lot of time out west, particularly Silicon Valley, and they do have a different way of thinking… Failure is not necessarily seen as a bad thing. When something fails, they look at it, alter their plans, and try again, or try something new. Is it possible for this mindset to take hold in the east?”

Panelists such as Dr. Collins believe this possible. He stated that the Applied Sciences NYC Project is paradigm shifting. He and the other panelists anticipate that in addition to the change in attitudes this will, over time, entice more technology-based companies to come to the region to create a new Silicon Valley.

NACME, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) are founding partners in establishing Academies of Engineering, a NAF network of career-themed academies. High school students and teachers from Manhattan Bridges High School and the High School Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, N.Y., also attended the riveting session.

Students at Manhattan Bridges are still abuzz about their experience. “They were motivated and enthusiastic about college and career prospects available to them as engineering students. They were also delighted to realize that NACME is an organization designed and dedicated to supporting students like them in attaining their goals,” said George R. Lock, Assistant Principal of STEM at Manhattan Bridges High School.

“We brought 14 students who heard from representatives from Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Columbia University, and IBM. Afterward, the students met with other representatives from IBM with whom we are hoping to develop a partnership,” Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal at CTEA.

Participants in this session also included:

Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), New York University    

Dr. Philip R. LeDuc, Founding Director, Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems, Carnegie Mellon University   

Dr. Kathy R. McKeown, Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

 

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Corporate Supporters Challenged to ‘Pay it Forward’ with Surprise Seed Grant from HP

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the legendary Waldorf Astoria, New York City. The event serves as the organization’s premier fundraising event and brought in more than $1 million in support for scholarships leading into the evening. NACME, however, received a surprise additional gift of $50,000 from NACME Board Company and recipient of the event’s Corporate Citizenship Award, Hewlett-Packard. HP in turn, challenged NACME’s supporters to, “Pay it Forward,” and match their generous donation. The challenge was immediately met by fellow NACME Board Company, PenFed, with a $10,000 gift.

“HP is honored to be recognized with NACME's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award,” said Sue Barsamian, senior vice president, HP, and vice chairman of NACME Board of Directors. “NACME has successfully established a formula for attracting and supporting underrepresented minorities in engineering and there has never been a more important time to apply that expertise to the high growth field of computing.”

“Since childhood I have always loved surprises, but never have I been as overwhelmed as I was when Sue Barsamian announced from the stage that HP would be providing a $50,000 seed grant to help further establish NACME’s presence in Silicon Valley.” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “I literally was knocked off my feet. We are extremely honored to receive this seed grant from HP and doubly honored to have NACME Board Company PenFed step up the plate that evening and provide a $10,000supplemental grant.”

Since its founding in 1974, NACME has been at the forefront of helping underrepresented minorities—those who are African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men—attain their degrees in engineering and the other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Since that time, NACME has provided more than $142 million in scholarships and support to more than 24,000 young women and men. This milestone event filled the Waldorf’s grand ballroom with more than 500 guests representing academia, high school students, teachers, and parents, the corporate world, foundations, and of course, NACME’s current scholars and alumni.

In addition to honoring HP with the Corporate Citizenship award for its long-standing dedication to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM, NACME also honored a group of individuals for their outstanding contributions to NACME’s mission and vision. Those individuals include:

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., P.E., Former President and CEO, NACME, who was awarded the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award; Sandra Begay-Campbell, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, who was awarded the Alumni Circle Award; and Diana Natalicio, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at El Paso, who received the Diversity Vision Award.

The evening also served as the ideal venue to unveil NACME’s newest scholarship, which was established earlier in the year by Dr. McPhail, who presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship to Khadidiatou Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellow.

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created this scholarship to honor the memory of my parents

by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO, NACME; John Hinshaw
Executive Vice President, HP; Sue Barsamian, Senior Vice President, HP.

NACME Board Member Honored by Manufacturing Leadership Council

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NACME Board Member Honored by Manufacturing Leadership Council

Dow’s Susan Lewis Honored for “Next Generation Leadership”

 

White Plains, N.Y. – The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), would like to congratulate Board Director Susan Lewis, the Global Leader of Operations for Dow AgroSciences, on being named as an individual winner in the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards.

Lewis was selected by an expert panel of judges in the annual competition sponsored by the Manufacturing Leadership Council. She is one of just two honorees in the Next Generation Leadership category.

“Susan Lewis is an outstanding board director and a champion for diversity with equity in engineering education and careers,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME president and Chief Executive Officer. “Susan understands and backs NACME’s central idea, competitive strategy, and execution plan. She has been a leader in expanding the boundaries for board company engagement with NACME across our continuum of programs.”


“Susan's commitment to exceptional operational and business performance is contagious,” said Peter Holicki, corporate vice president of Manufacturing and Engineering and Environment, Health & Safety Operations. “She has also demonstrated extensive leadership outside of Dow, as an EH&S champion, an ambassador for engineering and diversity, and an involved community member. We are proud of her accomplishments and how they reflect on the Operations team.”

 

About NACME

Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 24,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Universities.

 

 

 

 

NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next Generation of Engineering Talent

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NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next
Generation of Engineering Talent
Ten Academies of Engineering Receive Funding for High School Students’ STEM Projects


White Plains, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announces a $150,000 contribution from AT&T, of which $50,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country.

These 10 AOEs were selected 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 (PLTW) 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.

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 PLTW. The list of current partners includes, The STEM Academy, Paxton/Patterson, ConnectEdu, and SME Education Foundation. In the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 85 AOEs, including 11 that recently completed their year of planning, serving more than 11,000 students nationwide.
“We value the long-standing collaboration with AT&T that dates back to our founding four decades ago,” said NACME President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. 

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students in grades K-12 helps to ensure that America maintains its preeminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.”“AT&T’s partnership 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,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “Our economy continues to transform – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy to ensure that the students of today are able to compete in the global economy of tomorrow.”
As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, five graduating seniors from these AOE schools received scholarships toward their freshman year in college. These dynamic students are freshmen now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering. 

The funds provided by AT&T will be used to support NACME’s mission to provide access and opportunity for underrepresented minority students who require financial assistance to pursue engineering coursework at the undergraduate level. In addition to the support for specific AOEs, AT&T support will provide minecraft and engineering awareness materials for middle school students and pre-engineering scholarships for graduating seniors continuing on to a university engineering program.

This support 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.

Academies of Engineering that are receiving support:
•    A.J. Moore High School (University High School), Waco, TX
•    Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
•    High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture High School, 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

About NACME
Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Universities. For more information go to: www.nacme.org

About Philanthropy 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.

 

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Pictured (L-R): White Plains, N.Y., Mayor, Tom Roach; Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.

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Pictured (L-R): AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail; and White Plains N.Y., Mayor Tom Roach.

 

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Pictured (L-R): Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.

 

 

NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s 2014 New Faces of Engineering

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NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s
2014 New Faces of Engineering

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is proud to announce that NACME Alumnus, Dr. Gregory White, has been selected as one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering.

The award is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, now the DiscoverE Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations, and government agencies.

NACME’s Aileen Walter, Vice President of Scholarships and University Relations, who nominated White, said he “exemplified the attributes that we value as accomplishments among the NACME Scholars.”

White earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at NACME Partner Institution, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.) and now works for Sandia National Laboratories.

White credits his mentor, Virginia Tech. engineering professor Dr. Bevlee Watford, with putting him on the road to academic and professional success. Watford once called him to her office to discuss the balance between his heavy extracurricular involvement in National Society of Black Engineers and similar professional organizations versus doing well in the classroom. “Our reality check discussion helped put things in perspective,” he says.

White also earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Clemson University, joined Sandia as a postdoc in May 2011 and became a member of the staff in August 2012. He currently works on the B61-12 Life Extension Program. “Supporting and contributing to a program with countless bright, talented, kind folks that plays a critical role in our national security is very important to me,” he says.

“Our NACME Scholars represent the best and the brightest talent in engineering education in the nation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME President and Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that these students also represent the growing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States is significant. Dr. Gregory White’s outstanding success in his career thus far and his place in the 2014 New Faces of Engineering validates the outstanding potential of our NACME Scholars. We congratulate Dr. White and wish him continued success in innovation, invention, and discovery.”

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 and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a pre-college though workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

 

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NACME President and CEO Joins the ASTRA Board of Directors

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NACME President and CEO Joins the ASTRA Board of Directors

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 serve on the Board of Directors for ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America.

ASTRA is a collaboration of more than 130 companies, academic institutions, professional societies, trade associations, and foundations. The organization’s mission is to ensure that there is an adequate, and growing, investment by the Federal government in basic research in the physical sciences, the mathematical and computational sciences, and engineering. ASTRA was founded in 2000 by a group of individuals who recognized that there was a fundamental imbalance in the Federal science investment portfolio. These individuals, and their respective organizations, banded together to redirect the agenda and reinvigorate support for basic research in the key areas identified above. ASTRA’s success in its mission is reflected in the overall growth of science funding, and in the recognition of the importance of science, technology, and innovation as part of the national policy agenda.

“I am honored to join the distinguished members of the ASTRA Board of Directors,” said McPhail. “ASTRA’s core mission to ensure adequate Federal investment in—and understanding of— the role scientific research and development (R&D) and STEM education play in our economy and daily lives is consistent with NACME’s mission to ensure diversity with equity in engineering education and careers. NACME and ASTRA share a commitment to produce well-vetted research that informs policy decisions. I look forward to contributing to a research and policy agenda that drives the vision of 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 Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 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

 

 

 

2013 NACME National Symposium Strengthens the Research-Policy-Action Nexus in the National Effort to Increase Diversity with Equity in STEM

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October 11, 2013
 
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NACME Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebration,
Symposium and New Website, Just the Beginning

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) launched its year-long 40th anniversary celebration with the very successful 2013 National Symposium in Washington, D.C. The event, which took place on October 1-3, focused on the issues facing underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers. NACME’s focus is on African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men.

Despite the federal shutdown, attendees at the Symposium opening dinner were greeted by a video message from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz recorded his message shortly before the mandated work-stoppage deadline to show his support of this very important topic. The video can be seen online on NACME’s newly redesigned website at nacme.org.

“We are grateful to Secretary Moniz for taking the time to film a video for our opening Symposium dinner. But more importantly, demonstrating his support and alignment with the NACME vision, mission, and strategy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, president and CEO of NACME. “From the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary to the present, Dr. Moniz has made diversity with equity in the energy field a hallmark of his vision for the Department of Energy.”

The Symposium brought together a distinguished group of attendees from K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. This year NACME sought to strengthen the research-policy-action nexus in the national effort to increase diversity with equity in STEM education and careers, with a particular focus on engineering. Speakers and participants challenged existing paradigms and reframed the research-policy-action nexus by focusing on Catalyzing the Engineering Pathway for URM Students, Mathematics Education, STEM Teaching and Learning, Engineering Public Policy, and Engineering Workforce Development.

Notable speakers included, Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead the Way; Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid; Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project; Jacqueline Fleming, an independent researcher and Principal Investigator (PI) for NACME’s NSF-sponsored research project entitled, Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering: A Study of NACME Programs; and Willard Daggett the president and CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc.

On October 2nd NACME convened special STEM sessions to examine and recommend federal policy advancing minority participation in STEM education and careers. The joint Congressional STEM sessions—originally scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill—were held as a special addition to the 2013 NACME National Symposium. Participants and attendees of the special STEM sessions, as well as those who attended the Symposium, have been given the opportunity to submit written testimony, which will be sent to those Members of Congress who originally convened this session and are leading the effort to advance minority participation STEM.

Video of most of the Symposium’s general sessions, the special STEM sessions, and keynote speakers can be viewed in the events section of the NACME website.

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 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 and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 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


Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project

Plenary speaker for the Mathematics Conundrum session, Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project.

Ensuring a Diverse Engineering Workforce session panel.

Ensuring a Diverse Engineering Workforce session panel. Picured (L-R): Sue Barsamian, senior vice president and general manager for Enterprise Group Global Sales, HP Enterprise Sales;  Mary Wright, program director, Jobs for the Future; Stephen Barkanic, senior vice president and chief program officer, Business-Higher Education Forum;Anthony Carnevale, Ph.D., director, Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce; and Susan Lewis, Houston area operations director, Dow Chemical Company. 

NACME RECEIVES $300K NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT

Funding to Support Significant Research Project: “Success Factors for
Minorities in Engineering”

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.  (NACME) is pleased to announce it has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a major research project entitled, Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering: A Study of NACME Programs. The exact grant amount is $296,482 over a three-year period.

NACME is the largest private provider of scholarships for African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engineering. NACME collaborates with a national network of 51 colleges and universities that collectively produce approximately 30 percent of the total number of bachelor’s degrees earned in engineering by underrepresented minority students. On average, NACME Scholars earn a 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering at a rate of 84 percent. In 2013, NACME supported approximately 1,300 students with $4.5 million in scholarship support.

Thirty-one of the 51 universities in the NACME partnership receive Block Grants. The Block Grants average $50,000 per year for five years and are used by the institutions to recruit, enroll, educate, retain, and graduate increasing numbers of underrepresented minority engineering students. NACME collects and analyzes student performance data on an annual basis from the Block Grant institutions. More importantly, NACME holds the institutions accountable for the success of NACME Scholars.

Despite the contributions from the minority engineering programs at these institutions, there has never been a comprehensive study that takes an empirical look at how that level of success is achieved, nor one that documents the practices that account for it. NACME has a practical need to know what program and student factors combine to facilitate minority engineering degrees. The objective of this project is to fill this void by discerning the factors that distinguish the most successful minority engineering programs.

The Co-Principal Investigators for the study are Dr. Jacqueline Fleming and Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. Fleming is an internationally known psychologist, scholar, and researcher in the area of minority student retention and achievement. She is the award-winning author of Blacks in College published by Jossey-Bass. Working at the nexus of practice, policy, and research in literacy education, post-secondary student success, community college leadership, and STEM education, McPhail is also the co-editor of Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices, published by the International Reading Association.

“Engineering has long been at the forefront of the scientific community in working to develop the minorities-in-engineering pipeline and thereby increasing the share of American students in engineering education. Their support for a study of this kind, promises to refine our understanding of what works and shine a spotlight on successful programs and practices,” said Fleming.

“All of us at NACME are absolutely ecstatic about this NSF award,” said McPhail. “The insights gained in this project will help NACME shape the standards and expectations for the programs and students we support. By comparing the project findings to the existing body of research on minorities in engineering education, the study seeks to establish the degree of generalization of these success factors to other evaluation efforts in STEM education. The proactive engineering community is poised to make practical use of the insights gained in this study in the national effort to increase the representation of African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in engineering education and careers.”

About NACME:
Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American resilience 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 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 and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other 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 NSF:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, its budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly. www.nsf.gov

MINORITIES ARE ANSWER TO U.S. SHORTAGE OF ENGINEERS

STEM Forum Panels Says 2M Engineers and Computer Scientists 
Needed in Next Decade

Palo Alto, CA – A prestigious panel of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) thought leaders assembled today at Hewlett Packard headquarters in Palo Alto called the looming shortage of U.S. engineers, the “New” American Dilemma. Business, education, and government leaders in attendance echoed the sentiment, saying it is a national imperative that companies act now to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields; otherwise, the nation’s ability to compete globally will be compromised.  

The HP/NACME STEM Leadership Forum: Confronting the “New” American Dilemma was convened to discuss the NACME STEM Integration Model and offer solutions aimed at addressing the engineering shortfall facing American companies. 

The panel grappled with the reality of the underrepresentation of minorities in science and engineering and conceded that the problem will only get worse if we don’t act now. 

“The problem isn’t new, but it is urgent,” says Dr. Irving McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME). Dr. McPhail’s research, the 2011 NACME Data Book, demonstrated the egregiously low number of minorities in high school taking rigorous science, technology, and mathematics courses, making them unprepared to enter college engineering programs.

To frame the dilemma in statistical terms, in 2011, less than 14 percent of all engineering bachelor’s degrees were awarded to URMs, yet they represent 31 percent of the population. By ethnicity, the numbers paint an even grimmer picture. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but only 6 percent of the engineers; African American make up 12 percent of the population, but only 5 percent of engineers, and American Indians who are 1 percent of the U.S. population account for only 0.4 percent of all engineers. 

“This is clearly a dilemma for U.S. companies, many of whom are looking overseas to fill critical engineering positions,” stated McPhail during remarks at the Forum. “That said, working with business, education, and government leaders here at home we have developed the NACME STEM Integration Model which we strongly believe to be the right solution to confront this problem and will result in better outcomes for URMs.”

The NACME STEM Integration Model provides a pathway through leveraged partnership agreements with negotiated outcomes for students to move along the education to employment   continuum – from selected middle and high school programs to community colleges and universities, to on-the-job-experiences at major corporations that, ideally, lead to successful graduation outcomes and entry into the engineering workforce. 

NACME and its university and industry partners are convinced this approach will produce more minority engineers to meet the demands of the engineering workforce in the U.S. 

Silicon Valley companies like HP agree. HP is amongst the largest technology companies in the world employing over 330,000 people and doing business in more than 200 countries or territories.  

Sue Barsamian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Group Sales, Enterprise Group, HP and a member of the NACME Board of Directors explained, “HP creates technology that positively impacts consumers, governments, and businesses worldwide, and our success relies on a robust workforce of talented engineers. One way we’ve taken action is to invest vice presidents and directors to sit on the advisory boards of  Academies of Engineering throughout the United States.”   
Academies of Engineering (AOEs)are small learning communities (schools-within-schools) designed to help all high school students – especially women and minorities – focus on careers in the STEM fields. The AOEs, are part of the National Academy Foundation’s network of over 500 career academies nationwide. They use curriculum from Project Lead the Way, prepare students in urban high school districts to enter college engineering programs fully competent in STEM subjects in order to ultimately help meet the increasing demand for a qualified high-tech workforce. NACME partners with academies across the U.S. in cities such as New York, Elizabeth, N.J., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. NACME, the National Academy Foundation (NAF), and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) are founding partners in establishing 110 academies of engineering across the nation.

Moderated by Jessica Aguirre, Anchor, NBC Bay Area News, the Forum panel members were:

•    James Plummer, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering, Stanford; 
•    Theresa A. Maldonado, Ph.D., Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Directorate for Engineering, 
      National Science Foundation;  
•    Bernadine Chuck Fong, Ph.D., Senior Managing Partner, Community College Programs and National Expansion, Carnegie
     Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; 
•    Ramon Baez, VP and Global Chief Information Officer, HP; 
•    Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and, 
•    Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., President & Chief Executive Officer, NACME.

The STEM Leadership Forum will be followed by an ongoing national discussion at the NACME Symposium in Washington, D.C. later this year. The ultimate goal for NACME and its board member companies is to grow a strong and talented science and technology workforce that looks like America. 

About NACME
Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: to ensure American resilience in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability by increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino 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 $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 50 partner institutions across the country. The NACME STEM Integration Model Linkage Strategy is being implemented in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The regional model facilitates a comprehensive pathway for underrepresented minorities to engineering careers beginning in middle school. For more information, visit us at www.nacme.org. 

NACME Welcomes Apache Corporation to its Board of Directors

Global Oil Exploration and Production Company Adds to

Growing Number of Corporate World Citizens

 

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.

“NACME is delighted to welcome Apache to our renowned roster of NACME Board Companies,” said NACME President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Apache recognizes the imperative to increase diversity with equity in engineering. Our failure to activate the hidden workforce of young women and men who have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM careers—African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos—poses serious national security implications. Apache’s dedication to underrepresented minorities is what makes them an ideal addition to our board of directors”

Apache will be represented on the NACME Board of Directors by their Executive Vice President Margery Harris.

“As one of the largest independent exploration and production companies, Apache seeks talented technical professionals to work in our operations around the world. We know from experience that the competition for the top engineers and other technical professionals is intense,” Harris said. “I am honored to be selected for a leadership role with NACME because we share the organization’s goal of increasing technical skill and engineering career opportunities for all under-represented minorities.”

About NACME:

Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American resilience 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 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 and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 50 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. Follow the links to learn more about NACME: www.nacme.org and NACME’s Board of Directors.

About Apache:

Established in 1954, Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina. Apache posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and copies of all press releases on its website, www.apachecorp.com.

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