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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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