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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. 

 

 

 

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

 

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Fostering Dynamic Careers in Engineering for Young People

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has announced a $300,000 contribution from AT&T to cover two years of activities, of which $100,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country. AT&T is a founding partner of NACME, having served on NACME’s Board of Directors since its inception in 1974.

The contribution was presented today to NACME during a special event at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, NY. Sponsor representatives and members of the media toured classrooms and saw exciting student presentations of robotics and other engineering projects.

AT&T has contributed more than $6.6 million to NACME since 1984.

The AOEs, aim to educate high school students in the principles of engineering, and provide content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The AOEs were founded as a three-way partnership between NACME, NAF, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). As of the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 109 AOEs nationwide.

The 10 AOEs receiving AT&T support were selected by NACME based on their commitment to enhance learning for underrepresented minority students on the pathway to higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The funding will enable teachers to conduct hands on learning in the classroom through purchase of Project Lead the Way curriculum and supplies. Students will also be eligible for a range of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.

“AT&T is a national leader in technology, innovation, and philanthropy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “Our Academies of Engineering are incubators, which serve to nurture promising students at the crucial phase when they are preparing for college and deciding on a career path. This ongoing support from AT&T will continue to ensure student success stories.”

This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.

As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, fivegraduating seniors from the selected AOE schools received a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward their first-year in college. These dynamic students are in their first-year now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering.

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students, like the High School for CTEA, helps to ensure that America maintains its pre-eminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “AT&T’s collaboration with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM related initiatives that will result in the success of our future workforce.”

Academies of Engineering that received support through the AT&T grant included:

  • A.J. Moore High Academy at University High School, Waco, TX
  • Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture, Ozone Park, NY
  • Galt High School, Galt, CA
  • Hialeah Gardens High School, Hialeah Gardens, FL
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, GA
  • Northeast Academy High School, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, MO
  • Scotlandville Magnate High School, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, NC

“The students and faculty of the High School for CTEA are indebted to AT&T for their continuing support by extending another Aspire Grant to us this year,” adds Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. “As in years’ past, these funds are used to enhance the engineering curriculum by offering students hands-on experiences that bring learning to life. This year students are creating two functioning robotic systems using their knowledge of the design process and principles of engineering, skills that will empower their understanding and increase their career potential as we move further into the 21st Century.”

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(L-R) Lakeisha Gordon, Principal CTEA; Ed Bergstraesser, Director, External Affairs, AT&T;  Elizabeth Ross, Chief Development Officer, NACME; and Steven Wynn (Photo: Todd Boebel)

 

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 Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

 

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NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

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NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the
New Jersey Institute of Technology

 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) has announced that Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME, will present the 2015 Commencement Address to 2,800 graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The commencement ceremony will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, May 19. During the ceremony, Dr. McPhail will also be receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

“NJIT’s class of 2015 includes torch bearers and trail blazers,” says Dr. McPhail. “There are African American, American Indian, and Latino students who have chosen to enter fields such as engineering, where people of their backgrounds have been traditionally underrepresented. And many members of the class of 2015 are the first in their families to go to college. It is an especially exciting time to be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions. With the stellar education they have received at NJIT, each of these graduates has a promising career ahead.”  

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention to graduation rates of all underrepresented minority students, those who are Africa American, American Indian, and Latino. NACME requires partner institution engineering programs, that receive funding through NACME, ensure that there is a retention to graduation rate of 80 percent for underrepresented minorities and that NACME Scholars, students in these colleges who receive scholarships and support through NACME, maintain a 3.3 grade point average.

The partner institutions benefit from participation in NACME’s annual continuum meeting, where best and promising practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME awards block grants to partner institutions for them to select NACME Scholars and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity with equity and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students. “By awarding honorary degrees, NJIT recognizes individuals whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration to our graduates and, in honouring these individuals the university is honoured as well,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “Throughout his career, Dr. McPhail has advocated for increasing opportunities and improving performance for underrepresented minority students in STEM studies. His outstanding leadership as the president and CEO of NACME will provide inspiration to all NJIT graduates.”

During the commencement ceremony, NJIT will also confer an honorary Doctor of Science on Charles Elachi, Ph.D., director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Vice President of the California Institute of Technology.

 

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 Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail

 

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NJIT Commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, 2014

 

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 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): One of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $106 million, and is among the top one percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer

 

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NACME Names Elizabeth Ross as Chief Development Officer 

 

White Plains. N.Y. —  Fundraising and marketing professional Elizabeth Ross has been named the Chief Development Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME).

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, and working with other staff members and the NACME Board of Directors, Ms. Ross will design and execute a robust fundraising program in support of NACME’s transformational Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan. She will also serve as Staff to the Development Committee of the NACME Board of Directors.

“Having just celebrated our 40th anniversary last year, NACME is now poised to enter an exciting new chapter in our history,” explained NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Our ambitious goals for the Connectivity 2020 Strategic Plan will require that we reach a new plateau in our development objectives. Based on her background and previous accomplishments, I am confident Elizabeth is the right person to lead this effort.”

Most recently, Ms. Ross worked with the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and the PEN American Center on Strategic projects. Her past positions have included serving as VP of Business Development for Speakeasy, Inc., a communication consulting firm, and Associate Director for San Francisco-based Net Impact, an organization that promotes corporate responsibility and responsible business, where she managed corporate relations, fundraising initiatives, communication, and the organization’s annual international conference.

“Much of my career has been devoted to helping leading non-profit organizations expand capacity and reach new audiences,” stated Ms. Ross. “NACME is known for its distinguished board of directors, and for its’ solid track record of empowering underrepresented minorities with educational opportunities. I am excited to join this organization and help ensure NACME’s vital work continues far into the future.”

Ms. Ross received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University. While at the University of Michigan, she was recognized with the 1996 MBA Leadership Award. 

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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



 

 

 

NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

 

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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

Christopher Smith Earns Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce that Christopher Smith, NACME’s Director of Research and Program Evaluation, will receive a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

A NACME staff member since 2012, Dr. Smith will continue to report on trends in engineering education and policy while measuring the impact of NACME programs.

“We are all proud of Chris for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation and upcoming graduation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME. “I know that he will be aggressive in contributing to the growth of the knowledge base in his field. His new degree will only increase his effectiveness in driving a robust research and program evaluation agenda at NACME.”

Previously, Dr. Smith worked as the Program Director of Evaluation Services at The After-School Corporation (TASC), where he evaluated after-school programs that were funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, and evaluated TASC-developed program models. He has previously served as the Newsletter Editor and Membership Director for the American Educational Research Association’s ‘Out-of-School Time’ Special Interest Group.

“Through my work at NACME, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many outstanding educators with doctorate degrees who have helped me in my pursuit of this degree,” said Dr. Smith. “From both my research and first hand experiences, I’ve also seen how education can transform lives. I believe that the rigor and research practices learned through this program will only enhance my work at NACME. The support of the larger NACME family has been a wonderful encouragement throughout this journey.”  

 

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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



 

 

 

NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering

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 NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering 

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 2015 Commencement Address to the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering on May 9th.

There will be approximately 85 graduate students and 327 undergraduate students participating in the in ceremony, which will take place at 5 p.m. in Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I am honored to deliver this address as my whole career has been devoted to expanding educational opportunities for young people,” says Dr. McPhail. “The University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering has not only been recognized for the excellence of its instruction, but also for its commitment to recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented minorities.”

Twenty percent of those applying for graduation from the College of Engineering this year are underrepresented minorities and 19.4 percent are female. Of the remainder of the student body not graduating this year, 22.7 percent are minorities and 20.7 percent are female.

The University of Arkansas is one of the NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions.

NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention-to-graduation rates of all minority students. The universities benefit from participation in NACME’s annual workshop, where best practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME provides scholarships to students in the form of block grants to partner institutions and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness, and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students.

“We’re so honored to have Dr. McPhail as our commencement speaker,” adds John English, Dean, University of Arkansas College of Engineering. “His work and accomplishments in the area of diversity are very impressive. Diversity is one of our priorities at the University of Arkansas, and it is a pressing issue for the College of Engineering and the field of engineering in general. We are pleased that Dr. McPhail will be able to convey the importance of these issues at our ceremony.” Since 2000, 37 students from the College of Engineering have received National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships. 

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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 College of Engineering: The University Of Arkansas College Of Engineering is the only comprehensive Ph.D. - granting engineering program in the state of Arkansas. The college offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nine engineering fields, as well as incorporating distance learning and interdisciplinary programs. Faculty in the College of Engineering conduct research in many key areas, including electronics, energy, healthcare logistics, nanotechnology, transportation, and logistics.

 

 

 

 

NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award

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NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award 

White Plains. N.Y. - - The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Karina Quintana, a NACME Scholar Ambassador, has been recognized with the DiscoverE College Edition Award. The award recognizes 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students who display a singular commitment to effecting positive change through substantive, real world applications of their skills and training.

“We are proud that one of our scholar ambassadors will be receiving this coveted award,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “To stay competitive in the years ahead, the United States will need to develop a robust engineering workforce. Ensuring that our engineering workforce reflects the diversity of America will only make us stronger.”

Karina Quintana Serves as NACME Scholar Ambassador at Florida International University (FIU).Initially planning to be a pre-law major, Karina switched to engineering during her college orientation after seeing a video of the amazing projects FIU’s engineering school was working on. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the electromagnetic lab at her school where she developed a compact, wearable antenna using a printable Conformal Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance (CSCMR) method for wireless power transfer. This device will allow patients to be monitored from the comfort of their own homes.

"Research has served as my personal grounding and my motivation to strive and succeed in school,” says Ms. Quintana. "It is a constant that offers the exhilaration of discovery; it requires persistence, challenges creativity, and requires me to take risks and dream big. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree and specialize in industry as a radio frequency engineer.”

As a NACME Scholar Ambassador, Ms. Quintana is among a select group of 34 students nationwide who represent NACME on their respective campuses. Scholar ambassadors coordinate student participation in webinars and phone conferences, foster internship preparation, professional networking, and facilitate social media activity.

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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 DiscoverE: The DiscoverE’s mission is to strengthen and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. www.discovere.org

 

Johnson Austin Named Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna

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Johnson Austin Named Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna

White Plains. N.Y. - -The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Saundra Johnson Austin, Senior Vice President for Operations at NACME, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering. Ms. Johnson Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State in 1986.

Since it was established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award has recognized graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement and is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.

Ms. Johnson Austin will receive her award, along with 11 other recipients, at a ceremony on April 14 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. “I am honored and grateful to be recognized as an Outstanding Engineering Alumna,” says Ms. Johnson Austin.  “My years at Penn State, both as a student and a faculty member, have been cornerstones in my career. I have also known and admired many of the other alumna who have received this award over the years, which only adds to my appreciation.” 

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.

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 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.

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 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 community college strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

 

 

 

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Becomes ABET Associate Member Society

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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Becomes
ABET Associate Member Society

White Plains, N.Y.—The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is the newest Associate Member Society of ABET, the accreditation organization dedicated to assuring quality in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.

As a global leader in accreditation, ABET ensures that technical education programs around the world are effectively adapting to the changing educational environment. This includes taking steps to facilitate the entry of diverse students into technical classrooms. The addition of NACME, the 2012 winner of ABET’s Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity, allows ABET to make further inroads in its drive to promote diversity in the technical disciplines.

“Bringing NACME on board is a big boost for ABET’s diversity initiatives,” said ABET Executive Director Michael K. J. Milligan, Ph.D., P.E. “Not only will they lend us valuable direction in the role of improving diversity. NACME has a long history of expanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to broad and diverse audiences and throughout its history has built strong ties with industry, which are extremely valuable to ABET as an organization that fosters diversity and strives to remain relevant in our field.”

Since 1974, NACME has been dedicated to increasing the number of successful African-American, American Indian, and Latino students in STEM education and careers. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,300 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. To date, NACME has provided over 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support.

NACME President and Chief Executive Officer Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., is equally enthusiastic about his organization’s membership within ABET.

"ABET is recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education,” said McPhail. “NACME has been at the forefront of the national effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers for the past four decades. Both organizations share a commitment to the belief that diversity drives innovation. I look forward to working with my fellow board directors and ABET leadership to ensure that diversity becomes an even stronger and more visible metric in promoting quality and innovation in engineering education."

As an Associate Member Society, NACME will contribute to the ABET mission of assuring quality in technical education worldwide and hold a non-voting seat on the ABET Board of Directors. The organization will not have curricular responsibility for specific programs.

The ABET Board approved NACME's application for admission as an Associate Member Society during its October 2013 meeting. The application was ratified by two-thirds of ABET's member societies in February 2014.

The addition of NACME brings the current number of ABET Member Societies up to 34, with 30 member organizations and four associate member organizations. See the full list of ABET Member Societies.

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 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.

About ABET: ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, is a federation of 34 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, ABET currently accredits over 3,400 programs at almost 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. More than 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

 

NACME President and CEO Establishes Memorial Scholarship in Honor of His Parents

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First Scholarship Recipient Presented with $5,000 During NACME’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

White Plains. N.Y. — Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship with a check for $5,000 during the NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

The scholarship, which was established earlier this year, was awarded to Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. fellow. Guiro’s broad research goal is to develop successful therapeutic strategies for a range of diseases by closing the gap between engineering and molecular biology. She is currently studying breast cancer dormancy, a primary factor in disease recurrence, by using tissue engineering to closely observe the mechanisms of cell dormancy following cancer treatments.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in females worldwide, and the second main cause of female mortality and morbidity in the western world. Recurrences after decades of remission are a particular problem,” she says.

"Khady is addressing an important issue in breast cancer research where we are trying to understand how and why cancer cells remain dormant in the body, even after aggressive chemotherapy treatment. These dormant cells also appear to reside in close proximity to bone tissue so she is developing a model to study breast cancer cell interaction with this tissue," said Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Director of the Graduate Program of the Biomedical Engineering Department at NJIT, and Guiro’s advisor.

Guiro, who moved to the United States as a teenager, was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, where she recounts “watching my community being affected by health issues such as malnutrition, infectious diseases, and cancer, but mainly a lack of knowledge regarding preventive measures and the absence of health research institutions.” She adds, “I grew up with a desire to seek an education that would lead me to a career in improving the quality of health of others, particularly those in my community. Biomedical engineering seemed like a perfect field to study because it could lead to career opportunities, like conducting cutting-edge research, designing medical devices, developing pharmaceuticals to treat diseases, and developing artificial organs and tissues.”

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering to honor the memory of my parents by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

“NACME does a brilliant job not only in helping minority students to become engineers, but excel in their careers. This is a vital service for our country. It ensures we have an outstanding cadre of minority engineers who bring a much-needed diversity of experiences and ideas to the workplace, while also assisting individuals who are as determined as NACME to make a difference in every important area of American life, from cutting-edge industry, to infrastructure, to public health,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel Bloom. “By honoring Khady Guiro with a scholarship named for his parents, Dr. McPhail is providing wonderful support and encouragement to someone we know is resolved to make her mark by tackling diseases with creative engineering. We could not be more proud of her or more grateful to Dr. McPhail for recognizing and rewarding her talent.”

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The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

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The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on
New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

The Applied Sciences NYC Project Panelists Believe City-Based Tech Centers Will
Help Make New York City a Technology Hub Like Silicon Valley

 

                             White Plains, N.Y. — On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), held a unique panel discussion entitled, “Celebrating Successful Partnerships: Applied Sciences NYC Project” with all of the key partners in the groundbreaking initiative that will help make New York City the “Silicon Valley” of the east.

Hours before kicking off its 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration, the in-depth panel discussion was opened with remarks from former New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert K. Steel, who is now the Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners.

“[Former] Mayor Bloomberg and I liked the idea that higher education institutions could come together with government and really make something happen,” said Steel. “This project will have an impact on the entire economy of the city. As it stands, there isn’t an aspect of the workforce in the city that is not currently affected by technology.”

“We are inventing a completely new education system,” said Dr. Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean College of Engineering at Cornell University. “And the exciting part is that everything will be integrated in New York City. This will truly be a new era for technology and education in the city.”

“We applaud the vision for the Applied Sciences NYC Project, and are delighted that NACME Partner Institutions are leading this effort. As a native New Yorker, I am especially proud to witness the beginning of the next Silicon Valley in my hometown,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “NACME intends to work closely with the Applied Sciences NYC Project and other partners to ensure that talented African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in New York City are fully engaged in the opportunities for innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship in STEM. Since our founding four decades ago, NACME has been committed to the view that diversity drives innovation and that its absence imperils our designs, our products, and most of all, our creativity—all components of competitiveness.”

Panel moderator, Dr. Eugene Michael Maximilien, Chief Architect for Cloud Innovations

IBM Cloud Labs and NACME Alumnus from Florida International University asked the panelists if they believed the Applied Sciences NYC Project will help change the mind set of people in the east. “I have spent a lot of time out west, particularly Silicon Valley, and they do have a different way of thinking… Failure is not necessarily seen as a bad thing. When something fails, they look at it, alter their plans, and try again, or try something new. Is it possible for this mindset to take hold in the east?”

Panelists such as Dr. Collins believe this possible. He stated that the Applied Sciences NYC Project is paradigm shifting. He and the other panelists anticipate that in addition to the change in attitudes this will, over time, entice more technology-based companies to come to the region to create a new Silicon Valley.

NACME, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) are founding partners in establishing Academies of Engineering, a NAF network of career-themed academies. High school students and teachers from Manhattan Bridges High School and the High School Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, N.Y., also attended the riveting session.

Students at Manhattan Bridges are still abuzz about their experience. “They were motivated and enthusiastic about college and career prospects available to them as engineering students. They were also delighted to realize that NACME is an organization designed and dedicated to supporting students like them in attaining their goals,” said George R. Lock, Assistant Principal of STEM at Manhattan Bridges High School.

“We brought 14 students who heard from representatives from Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Columbia University, and IBM. Afterward, the students met with other representatives from IBM with whom we are hoping to develop a partnership,” Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal at CTEA.

Participants in this session also included:

Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), New York University    

Dr. Philip R. LeDuc, Founding Director, Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems, Carnegie Mellon University   

Dr. Kathy R. McKeown, Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

 

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Corporate Supporters Challenged to ‘Pay it Forward’ with Surprise Seed Grant from HP

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the legendary Waldorf Astoria, New York City. The event serves as the organization’s premier fundraising event and brought in more than $1 million in support for scholarships leading into the evening. NACME, however, received a surprise additional gift of $50,000 from NACME Board Company and recipient of the event’s Corporate Citizenship Award, Hewlett-Packard. HP in turn, challenged NACME’s supporters to, “Pay it Forward,” and match their generous donation. The challenge was immediately met by fellow NACME Board Company, PenFed, with a $10,000 gift.

“HP is honored to be recognized with NACME's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award,” said Sue Barsamian, senior vice president, HP, and vice chairman of NACME Board of Directors. “NACME has successfully established a formula for attracting and supporting underrepresented minorities in engineering and there has never been a more important time to apply that expertise to the high growth field of computing.”

“Since childhood I have always loved surprises, but never have I been as overwhelmed as I was when Sue Barsamian announced from the stage that HP would be providing a $50,000 seed grant to help further establish NACME’s presence in Silicon Valley.” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “I literally was knocked off my feet. We are extremely honored to receive this seed grant from HP and doubly honored to have NACME Board Company PenFed step up the plate that evening and provide a $10,000supplemental grant.”

Since its founding in 1974, NACME has been at the forefront of helping underrepresented minorities—those who are African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men—attain their degrees in engineering and the other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Since that time, NACME has provided more than $142 million in scholarships and support to more than 24,000 young women and men. This milestone event filled the Waldorf’s grand ballroom with more than 500 guests representing academia, high school students, teachers, and parents, the corporate world, foundations, and of course, NACME’s current scholars and alumni.

In addition to honoring HP with the Corporate Citizenship award for its long-standing dedication to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM, NACME also honored a group of individuals for their outstanding contributions to NACME’s mission and vision. Those individuals include:

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., P.E., Former President and CEO, NACME, who was awarded the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award; Sandra Begay-Campbell, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, who was awarded the Alumni Circle Award; and Diana Natalicio, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at El Paso, who received the Diversity Vision Award.

The evening also served as the ideal venue to unveil NACME’s newest scholarship, which was established earlier in the year by Dr. McPhail, who presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship to Khadidiatou Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellow.

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created this scholarship to honor the memory of my parents

by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO, NACME; John Hinshaw
Executive Vice President, HP; Sue Barsamian, Senior Vice President, HP.

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