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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.