The NACME team is comprised of individuals with outstanding careers in education, science, research, publishing, marketing, finance, and financial aid management.


Aisha: Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships

STEM advocate, Aisha, has 20 years of experience on this journey. She has worked in industry, government, nonprofits, and education. Her focus is increasing the number of women and minorities in engineering and computer science. Prior to joining NACME, Aisha was the Director of Engineering Education with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). Aisha obtained a Master of Public Administration and Policy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Carmen: Senior Director, Research and Development

Carmen is the first African-American female to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She earned BS (as a NACME Scholar) and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC A&T. Carmen has prior work experience at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and her own company, The Sidbury Group. Her university experiences include Spelman College in roles of Associate Provost for Research and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Dean for Diversity in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Program Director for Diversity at Georgia Tech and most recently at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She also spent two years at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Graduate Education as a Program Director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Chris: Director, Corporate Initiatives

Chris is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with a well-rounded background in corporate giving, individual giving, and grantmaking. He has served in development roles within the social sector for over a dozen years—most recently serving as development chief for Human Health Project Inc. in Los Angeles. Chris began his career as a freelance tech reporter for Electronic Buyers’ News. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Campaign Planning & Evaluation from Cornell University) and a Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College.


Denise: Director, Strategic Partnerships

Denise is NACME’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Program Administrator for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Graduate Scholarship Programs, which NACME has administered since 2001. She is responsible for the management of the Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Programs and for community building among Sloan Scholars and the greater Sloan community. Denise has more than 20 years of experience in educational and non-profit organizations and holds a B.A. degree from the University of the West Indies, and an M.B.A. from Bernard M. Baruch College.


Felisha: Program Manager, Scholarships

Felisha has worked in a variety of capacities at several higher education nonprofit organizations within the Washington DC Metropolitan area for several years. She is extremely passionate about any work that involves the improvement and enrichment of the lives of others. The core values by which she lives are integrity, accountability, and transparency. Prior to joining NACME, Felisha worked for the National Society of Black Engineers, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund. She earned her BS in Biology from Howard University.


Kevin: Program Manager, Professional Development

With over 25 years of leadership experience in higher education and community technology, Kevin is a strategic professional with expertise in Professional and Technical Communication and User Experience (UX). Prior to his role at NACME, Kevin was Associate Dean and Asst. Professor of Engineering Communication at Indiana Tech and Dean of Instruction for City Colleges of Chicago. Kevin holds a BA in Computer Science and an MS in Technical Communication and Information Design both from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.


Michele: President and CEO

Prior to her role as NACME’s President and CEO, Michele served as Executive Director of The National GEM Consortium (GEM) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Beyond her non-profit roles, Michele also has extensive experience in both university and corporate environments, having served as a diversity strategist at Purdue University, an employee of Notre Dame as GEM ED, Director of Satellite Scrambling Operations at Home Box Office (HBO), Associate Director of Broadcast Operations and System Integration at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and several engineering roles with IBM. Michele earned her BS in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University (NACME Scholar) and both her MS in Industrial Engineering (GEM Fellow) and MBA in Finance and Accounting (Toigo Fellow) from Columbia University.


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