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NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s 2014 New Faces of Engineering

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NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s
2014 New Faces of Engineering

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is proud to announce that NACME Alumnus, Dr. Gregory White, has been selected as one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering.

The award is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, now the DiscoverE Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations, and government agencies.

NACME’s Aileen Walter, Vice President of Scholarships and University Relations, who nominated White, said he “exemplified the attributes that we value as accomplishments among the NACME Scholars.”

White earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at NACME Partner Institution, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.) and now works for Sandia National Laboratories.

White credits his mentor, Virginia Tech. engineering professor Dr. Bevlee Watford, with putting him on the road to academic and professional success. Watford once called him to her office to discuss the balance between his heavy extracurricular involvement in National Society of Black Engineers and similar professional organizations versus doing well in the classroom. “Our reality check discussion helped put things in perspective,” he says.

White also earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Clemson University, joined Sandia as a postdoc in May 2011 and became a member of the staff in August 2012. He currently works on the B61-12 Life Extension Program. “Supporting and contributing to a program with countless bright, talented, kind folks that plays a critical role in our national security is very important to me,” he says.

“Our NACME Scholars represent the best and the brightest talent in engineering education in the nation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME President and Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that these students also represent the growing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States is significant. Dr. Gregory White’s outstanding success in his career thus far and his place in the 2014 New Faces of Engineering validates the outstanding potential of our NACME Scholars. We congratulate Dr. White and wish him continued success in innovation, invention, and discovery.”

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 pre-college though workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.


 Dr. Greg White photo
Photo: Dr. Greg White