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IBM Senior Vice President of Transformation & Culture
Appointed as Chairman of the NACME Board of Directors

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering’s vision is
An Engineering Workforce that looks like America

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 1, 2021 – The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), the largest private provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees at schools of engineering, has appointed Obed Louissaint, IBM, as Chair of the organization, succeeding Frederiek Toney, President of the Global Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company. During Toney’s tenure, Louissaint served as the Vice-Chair and was appointed as Chair-Elect earlier this year. Louissaint’s term as Chair began on October 1, 2021

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees are critical to our nation’s competitiveness particularly as the demand for these skills increase for current and future jobs. A career in engineering or computer science not only ensures high paying opportunities, but also increases access to senior roles. However, under-represented students are often presented with several barriers and require our nation’s critical thought leaders to provide meaningful access opportunities.

Through partnerships with like-minded entities, NACME’s scholarship program for under-represented minorities serves as a catalyst to increase the proportion of underrepresented young women and men in engineering and computer science careers. IBM is a proud corporate supporter and partner of NACME and continually advocates for creating more opportunities for under-represented minorities who choose to pursue a career in STEM fields.

“I am thrilled to serve as Chair of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. For decades, IBM and NACME have partnered to address the challenge of creating an engineering workforce that looks like America, and today that work couldn't be more important. Companies partnering to create economic opportunity through more inclusive STEM careers will lead to sustainable solutions to yield powerful outcomes and meaningful societal progress,” said Louissaint, Senior Vice President of Transformation and Culture at IBM.

Underrepresented minority groups have gradually increased their share in the field of science and engineering, but they remain underrepresented in degree attainment and in the workforce, particularly in the most senior roles. In science and engineering, historically underrepresented groups remain significantly smaller than their representation in the U.S. population

“As the U.S. strives to lead in the technology enterprise, it must be aggressive about cultivating the fullness of the nation’s domestic talent. Native, Hispanic and African Americans, remain underrepresented in fields identified as critical to U.S. competitiveness, specifically engineering and computer science,” said Michele Lezama, President and CEO of NACME. “IBM has a long-standing history of investing in under-represented communities’ access to a pathway to senior roles in technology roles, specifically in engineering and computer science. We are pleased to welcome their corporate officer and long-time NACME thought leader, Obed Louissaint, as our next Chairman of the Board of Directors”.

In the quest for social and racial equity, evolving our society through technology will require a significant diverse talent pool in computer science and engineering fields. NACME continues to inspire and encourage excellence in engineering education and career development toward achieving a diverse and dynamic American workforce.

About The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

NACME helps to ensure American competitiveness by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful historically under-represented individuals who pursue careers in computer science and engineering. NACME arguably enables the largest amount of private college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in schools of engineering. NACME is strategically driven by a board of directors of C-Suite executives representing leading corporations who champion diversity. Our mission is to enrich society with an American workforce that champions diversity in technical fields by increasing the number of under-represented minorities in engineering and computer science.

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Amid BHM, NACME Calls On Corporations to Celebrate the Past by Investing in the Future

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Amid Black History Month, NACME Calls on Corporations to Celebrate the Past
by Investing in the Future

Through NACME’s Named Corporate Scholarship Program, companies can empower the next generation
of remarkable Black engineers

(ALEXANDRIA, VA. February 19, 2021) – The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), the leading nonprofit organization supporting under-represented minorities pursuing undergraduate degrees in engineering and computer science, is urging corporations to celebrate Black History Month by investing in the next generation of changemakers.

Through NACME’s Named Corporate Scholarship Program, corporate participants can name a scholarship at one of the organization’s 38 college and university partners, providing $5,000 in tuition to a minority engineering or computer science student. Additionally, the student gains valuable industry experience by completing a summer internship with the corporate sponsor. One of several NACME programs aimed at enriching society with an American workforce that champions diversity in STEM, the initiative continues despite obstacles caused by the COVID pandemic, with several partners pivoting to offer virtual internships.

“As the U.S. strives to lead in the technology enterprise, it must be aggressive about cultivating the fullness of the nation’s domestic talent. African-Americans, as well as Hispanic and Native Americans, remain underrepresented in fields identified as critical to U.S. competitiveness, specifically engineering and computer science,” said Michele Lezama, president and CEO of NACME. “As we celebrate Black History Month, we recognize modern trailblazers like James E. West, the co-inventor of the modern electronic microphone, Mark Dean, co-inventor of the IBM personal computer, and NACME’s Carmen Sidbury, the first African-American female to obtain a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It’s time for corporate America to reinvest and do its part to ensure that all underserved Americans have the opportunities and resources needed to contribute to the forward success of this country and make their mark on history.”

Opportunities remain hindered for students today to gain financial support and industry experience as employers opt to rescind offers due to safety and budget concerns. According to a January 2021 article by Chemical & Engineering News, Robin Wright, the National Science Foundation’s director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, is concerned that STEM students struggling to find support could be more likely to abandon the major as a result of the challenges caused by the pandemic. As the article states, this could cause STEM enrollment to become “even less inclusive and diverse than it already is,” as said by Wright.

To help sustain momentum to bridge the STEM gap, NACME encourages corporations to identify avenues to continue this crucial support and can work with partners to implement safe and effective alternatives to in-person internships. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2019 Internship & Co-Op Survey Report, employers identify internship experience as a differentiator when choosing between two equally qualified applicants, and graduates with internship experience earn more on average. Additionally, experiential opportunities like internships are essential for supporting academic achievement once students return to classrooms and transfer knowledge gained in the workplace.

The program also serves as a pipeline for corporate partners to recruit diverse talent, as a recent survey of NACME scholars revealed that majority of students would consider full time employment if an offer was made following their internship experience. This is evident in ExxonMobil’s investment in Dr. Shawn Emerson Simmons as a NACME ExxonMobil Corporate Scholar in the early 1990’s, which helped place her on a trajectory that led to an impressive career of 20 years and counting with the company. Now the Environmental & Regulatory Manager for the ExxonMobil Sakhalin business unit, Dr. Simmons has led environmental permitting efforts for multi-billion-dollar projects and supervised global teams across Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and Europe throughout her career. She is also proud to serve as the global Vice-President of ExxonMobil’s employee resource group, Black Employees Success Team (BEST).

Beyond her corporate success, Dr. Simmons has received numerous accolades highlighting her advocacy for STEM education, volunteer service and leadership, such as the "Tomorrow’s Leader Today" Award, the YMCA Young African-American Achiever Award and recognition as one of the “30 Leaders of the Future” by Ebony magazine.

“I am so appreciative of organizations like NACME who consistently work to keep the pipeline of academically trained and career-ready under-represented minorities in STEM going. Not only did I receive the financial support needed to complete my engineering degree, I also had the opportunity to build my network and cultivate career coaches and mentors along the way,” said Dr. Simmons. “The partnership ExxonMobil has had with NACME over the years is a visible, tangible demonstration that diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued.”

ExxonMobil joins 24 other companies including IBM, Microsoft and AT&T as NACME board member companies dedicated to furthering NACME’s mission, which includes participation in the Named Corporate Scholarship Program. Corporations looking to join the efforts to identify solutions to the diversity challenges in STEM fields can visit www.nacme.org or reach out to Christopher Greaves, Director, Corporate Initiatives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., NACME, founded in 1974, helps to ensure American competitiveness by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful historically under-represented individuals who pursue careers in computer science and engineering. NACME arguably enables the largest amount of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in schools of engineering. NACME is strategically driven by a board of directors of C-Suite executives representing leading corporations who champion diversity. Our mission is to enrich society with an American workforce that champions diversity in technical fields by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science.

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NACME’s 2020 Virtual Symposium

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THE NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES 2020 VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

(ALEXANDRIA, VA. September 9, 2020) – NACME will hold our biennial full-day event NACME SYMPOSIUM – VIRTUAL, The Future of Engineering and Computer Science Education. Friday, September 25th, 2020.

The symposium will reinforce NACME’s strategic mission to lead impactful change in the under-representation of minority communities in engineering and computer science. NACME is dedicated to driving innovative pathways in which every student, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status is provided with what they need to participate in the global workforce.

Since 1974, NACME scholarship programs have helped thousands of students and contributed to a more diverse STEM workforce. Working with partner institutions we continue to lead the way in offering financial support to pursue engineering and computer science undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

This year we have curated a program that will bring together corporate and university communities to discuss creating an immediate action plan for talent development within engineering and computer science.

To this end, the event we will kick-off with a panel of University Presidents who successfully matriculated through the engineering pathway and now serve as the strategic leads for the future of engineering and computer science education. The Symposium will conclude with a virtual town hall, where a select group of leading corporations, universities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations will add their voice to forward solutions.

“NACME has just completed a two-year study, with our partner universities, to determine a best in class programmatic and scholarship model. Launched this Fall 2020, NACME is excited to now do the hard work, in partnership with our board companies, university partners and like organizations to recommit to metric based outcomes towards our mutual goal of dramatically increasing diverse participation in STEM”, says Michele Lezama, President and CEO, NACME Inc.

About The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., NACME, founded in 1974, helps to ensure American competitiveness by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful historically under-represented individuals who pursue careers in computer science and engineering. NACME arguably enables the largest amount of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in schools of engineering. NACME is strategically driven by a board of directors of C-Suite executives representing leading corporations who champion diversity. Our mission is to enrich society with an American workforce that champions diversity in technical fields by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science.

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NACME SYMPOSIUM – VIRTUAL, The Future of Engineering and Computer Science Education

Friday, September 25, 2020

Opening Plenary

Welcome

Frederiek Toney

President, Ford Global Customer Service Division

Chairman, NACME Board of Directors



President’s Panel: Future of Engineering and Computer Science Education

Gary S. May, PhD, Chancellor, UC Davis, Convener and Moderator

Panel: From Dean of Engineering to University President/Chancellor

President, Gilda Barabino, PhD, Olin College

President, Darryll Pines, University, PhD Maryland, College Park

President, Gregory Washington, PhD, George Mason University



Keynote: Call to Action

Kamau Bobb, PhD
Global Lead, Diversity Strategy and Research at Google
Senior Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, Georgia Tech
NACME Scholar Alum



Virtual Town Hall –Working Together to Achieve Significant Outcomes

Opening Statement Town Hall Moderator
John L. Anderson, PhD Carmen Sidbury, PhD
President, National Academy of Engineering Senior Director, Research and Development
Board Director, NACME, Inc. NACME, Inc.

 

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A Call to Action for Corporate America

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A Call to Action for Corporate America

Alexandria, VA (June 9, 2020) – The daylight execution of George Floyd has awakened the United States of America to stand-up and speak-out on the racial injustices experienced by minority communities, specifically African-Americans.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME), was founded in 1974 as an outcome of the Civil Rights Movement. A group of forward-thinking CEOs joined together to discuss how to create meaningful access opportunities for African-Americans to pursue degrees in engineering and gain employment opportunities within their companies and the industry at large. Fast forward to 2020, our mission has evolved to support more historically under- represented communities as well as an expansion into computer science. However, the need for meaningful access opportunities, as recent events have shown us, is as great as it has ever been.

We recognize executive teams are actively working on solutions to build upon initial statements from their CEOs. NACME calls on Corporate America to think about making meaningful investments by:

  1. Giving access and support to Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans matriculating in undergraduate computer science and engineering programs by donating or increasing your donation to NACME’s, or similar organizations’, scholarship funds. Engineering and computer science majors are pivotal to the future competitiveness of this country.
  2. Creating or dramatically expanding, paid internship programs that provide meaningful employment opportunities to America’s youth. Corporate internships are economic game changers since they serve as jumping-off points to life-long professional careers.
  3. Expanding the voice of your affinity or Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) by ensuring their executive sponsor’s performance is tied to providing outcomes championed by the ERG. We urge companies to create formal support services for all employees, specifically for ERGs that focus on African Americans and for all managers to be encouraged to engage authentically and personally. The recent tragic events have had a significant impact on the psyche of all Americans, but particularly those individuals who saw visions of their son, their loved one, or themselves, gasping for air under a policeman’s knee.
  4. Ensuring your executive and board of director search pools include diverse candidates. At NACME, we recognize that transformational change, comes from within. Corporate America should play a pivotal role in correcting the significant injustices inflicted upon Black and other under-served communities. To do this, and to get it right the first time, you must have diverse executives, individuals who represent all American communities, at the table.

As we focus on over-communicating with our Scholars, our partners, both University and non-profits, to ensure we are an ally during this difficult time, we ask that you join us, and other advocates, to be the change we seek.

Frederiek Toney Michele Lezama
Chairman of the Board of Directors, NACME, Inc. President and CEO, NACME Inc.
Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company  
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About The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) helps to ensure American competitiveness by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful historically under-represented individuals who pursue careers in computer science and engineering. NACME arguably enables the largest amount of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in schools of engineering. NACME is strategically driven by a board of directors of C-Suite executives representing leading corporations who champion diversity. Our mission is to enrich society with an American workforce that champions diversity in technical fields by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science.

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NACME Announces New Headquarters

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NACME Announces New Headquarters and Additions to Senior Team

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., the leading nonprofit organization supporting under-represented minorities pursuing undergraduate degrees in engineering and computer science, will move to a new headquarters at 1432 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, on September 1, 2019. The new office will allow NACME to grow its staff to align with new programs and to expand its donor base. The organization was previously headquartered in White Plains, NY.

"Our new headquarters will enable NACME to expand its support for minority engineering students, a mission that is more important today than ever before" says Ray Dempsey, Jr., Chairman of the Board of NACME, Inc. "The NACME Board of Directors sought to identify a location that would ensure NACME is well positioned for our next era of delivering best in class scholarship and student development programs. Old Town Alexandria, with its proximity to our nation's capital, and as a cluster of national non-profits focusing on the advancement of STEM, was a natural consideration. After careful analysis, the 1432 Duke Street property was unanimously selected."

NACME's new office townhouse building maximizes collaboration, while offering "hot desk" opportunities for our partners. In addition to the building offering the best available office technology, this move will significantly reduce office overhead.

NACME's President and CEO, Michele Lezama, led the search to find the new space. "As a nonprofit organization, it was important to invest in a space that allows for strategic growth, collaboration with our partners, and is also operationally efficient" says Lezama. "We are confident that we found that balance and look forward to welcoming our supporters to our new home."

As part of this strategic repositioning, NACME would also like to announce new additions to the senior team:

Carole M. Adolphe, a NACME scholarship recipient, has recently joined as NACME's CFO. Carole most notably served as CFO of OPTIMUS Corporation and CenterScope Technologies, Inc. (where both CEOs were also NACME scholarship recipients). She serves on several boards, including STEM For Her through Women In Technology (WIT), Women In Business Initiatives at George Mason University and Association for Corporate Growth. She is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook (BS) and University of Texas at Austin (MBA).

Aisha K. Lawrey will join NACME as the Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships. Lawrey most recently served as Director, Engineering Education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Prior to ASME, Lawrey was Associate Director of Education, Outreach & Diversity at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Lawrey received her BE in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and her MPA in Public Policy and Urban Education from Rutgers.

NACME's current contact phone numbers will remain active. The new address is:
1432 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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About NACME
NACME helps to ensure American competitiveness by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful historically under-represented individuals who pursue careers in computer science and engineering. NACME arguably enables the largest amount of private college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in schools of engineering. NACME is strategically driven by a board of directors of C-Suite executives representing leading corporations who champion diversity. Our mission is to enrich society with an American workforce that champions diversity in technical fields by increasing the number of URMs in engineering and computer science.

Upcoming Events:
August 30, 2019
On-line Scholarship Application Launch (escholarships.org)
September 11, 2019
Ribbon Cutting and Open House, Alexandria, Virginia
October 30, 2019
45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala and C.A.S.E. Academy, New York, NY

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NACME Announces New President and CEO

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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

 

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.

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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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Casino invests in education

Does a casino invest in education to improve its odds of winning more money? Well, that is one theory. On the other hand, it could be that they are gambling with the students' future and well-being. Just like casinos are careful not to lose more than what they have already won. They know that is going to mean fewer customers, less income, and they could lose more customers and income as well.

Education for gambling is just as important, if not more so, than one would think. After all, you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. The same can be said for gambling, as well as for any other form of business.

For one thing, it is a fact that most students who become gamblers at one point, end up becoming repeat gamblers. It is true that a student may not be able to think properly or choose wisely, but if a casino can get those students hooked on gambling untamed bengal tiger, they are more likely to get hooked on education as well. There are some students who do not start gambling until they reach eighteen. By teaching gambling at such a young age, the casino can make sure that their students become more likely to learn how to gamble and also to get caught, should they ever feel the need to gamble.

In addition, a casino would have a much greater likelihood of attracting students who are from other countries, who speak different languages, and who come from other economic backgrounds. If a casino can reach out and bond with students from other cultures and backgrounds, then this can be very helpful in its educational goals. It would be much easier for a casino to attract students who are interested in other forms of entertainment and not necessarily gambling. This is one of the goals that many schools have set forth for their students - making sure they are able to experience all forms of culture and learn about all forms of human interaction, before they make their final decision on going to school, or not.

A third goal that the casino has for its students is that it hopes that they will be able to keep coming back. After students go through education, whether through online courses or traditional on-campus classes, they are often required to take part in an after-school program in order to keep them interested in continuing their studies. When a casino invests in education, the casino hopes that a student will continue to show up, and keep taking classes. This is because students who take part in educational after-school programs are more likely to maintain their enrollment in that particular casino over time.

So does a casino invest in education? It depends. If a casino wants to promote a specific type of skill, such as gaming expertise, then it may want to invest in specific types of education, including certain types of gambling. However, if a casino is trying to attract students who are interested in learning more about all kinds of entertainment, and they do not care if they ever take a class at a real casino or not, then an investment in education is unnecessary. The casino's goals are usually more oriented towards promoting a casino experience and a casino reputation. The result is that these schools are beneficial to both the casino and the students.

Why do students play in the casino

Why do students play in the casino? In this day and age, with the increasing popularity of online gambling, why do students and professionals alike frequent internet casinos? Gambling as a means of relaxing, relieving stress, obtaining reward, or socializing is growing in popularity.

Why do students play in the casino? The study consisted of a sample of 3653 undergraduate students (batsmen), from a single university in the San Francisco Bay Area; the students were selected due to their location, having a high school degree or better, and reporting that they often play video poker, craps, or other casino 1$ deposit on campus or in the neighborhood. The participants were asked several questions to assess their "why." The goal was to find out what types of gambling are most appealing to students. Examined below are the top three types of gambling most appealing to college students.

- Online Casinos and Bingo: This type of gambling is appealing because, unlike land casinos, there are no house rules, no house advantage, and a large cash bonus for winning. Online casinos offer a large cash bonus and will often pay out much more than one hundred fifty points; many sites will even pay out over one thousand points! Although the house advantage for live casinos may be small, with only four people playing at a time against nine others, live casinos still offer a higher advantage than internet casinos. Online casinos are the most appealing when compared with traditional land-based casinos. Gambling enthusiasts and non-gambling parents alike recognize the benefits of playing live casino, and most offer "no deposit" bonuses for college students.

- Slot Machines and Blackjack: Gambling is often associated with casino gaming because there are several well-known casinos around the US. However, Maryland is home to three of the country's largest gambling establishments: the Baltimore casinos, the Landmark casino, and the casinos at the Chesapeake Bay area. The Maryland casinos are highly respected and offer gaming opportunities and hours of fun, especially for younger attendees. The casinos are ranked by Metacritic and also have customer service representatives that can help you with any problems that you might be having during your gambling experience. Although gambling is a great way to provide education on money and finance, live casinos are still most appealing to students.

- Online Casinos: Maryland is home to two of the country's largest online gambling establishments: the Winblers Anonymous (MAA) and the World Wide Web Bureau. These gambling institutions have provided a big boost to Maryland's economy by enabling students to earn extra money. The online casinos offer hundreds of different slots, video poker games, blackjack games, and other casino gaming opportunities. Some students take advantage of these services in order to earn extra credits towards their degree programs or certificates. Both students and workers benefit from the online casinos.

As previously mentioned, card counting is one of the more popular techniques used at Maryland casinos. Card counting is a method where an investor who plays a minimum number of cards will gain an income. Usually, this is done by purchasing pre-mined numbers of high cards that can be played with small winnings; however, the more cards played, the larger the potential earnings will be. The Maryland casinos allow card counting to be done offsite; however, students must be brought into the establishment to count cards. There are several advantages to card counting. Students can increase their earning potential through card counting; they can learn how to manage their funds better; and they may visit the casinos frequently in order to gain more insight as to which games they enjoy the most.

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. 

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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. 

 

 

 

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