NACME Press Releases

NACME’s 2020 Virtual Symposium

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(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


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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