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Class Assignment Transforms Into Book on Unjust City Planning for Texas Grad Student
Southern Methodist University (SMU) graduate student Collin Yarbrough has used Dallas’ Central Expressway all his life. But it wasn’t until an assignment for his engineering class that he began to see the road in a new light.
July 16, 2021
Four HBCUs Receive $5 Million, Three-Year Grants from Apple for Tech Education
Apple is giving $5 million, three-year grants to four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), USA Today reported. The four schools are Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University. The grants – part of Apple’s New Silicon Initiative preparing students for hardware tech and silicon chip design careers – will support […]
June 17, 2021
White Camden County College Chemistry Professor Sues for Racial Discrimination
William T. Lavell, a white chemistry professor at Camden County College, has sued the school on grounds of racial discrimination, claiming his less qualified Black colleagues are paid more, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The lawsuit was filed in federal court Friday. Lavell – hired by the school in 1995 – alleges suffering ”severe emotional distress, […]
March 31, 2021
Vanderbilt Administrator Applies Engineering Background to Diversity Work
Dr. William H. Robinson has spent the last 17 years at Vanderbilt University. In 2018, he became the institution’s first African American full professor in engineering, also serving as associate dean for academic success for the engineering school and the interim vice provost for strategic initiatives. Now, he’s taking on a new role as Vanderbilt’s […]
July 31, 2020
Sweet Briar College Seeks to Foster Ideal Learning Environment for Next Generation of Female Engineers
Rather than large lecture-style classes, Sweet Briar College offers a hands-on experiential learning environment for its engineering students. Through surveys with alumni, Sweet Briar — a Virginia-based women’s college — has found that such hands-on learning is beneficial for students’ future careers.
July 30, 2020
Roueche Center Forum: Diversifying the Undergraduate Engineering Education Pathway – An Opportunity for the Community College
Vision 2030, a recently released report from the National Science Board (NSB), is the latest in a plethora of warnings that the American way of life is threatened because we are in danger of falling behind in STEM, the disciplines that have powered American prosperity for decades. The current COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the power and […]
July 29, 2020
From ‘Slow Learner’ to Nuclear Arms Thought Leader: Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden
Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden, the first Black woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), describes having an adversarial relationship with math and science as a child, fearing her classes far more than enjoying them.
May 21, 2020
Expanding Rural Students’ Opportunities is as Simple as Getting Online
When it comes to college, the odds are stacked against students like me. Neither of my parents went to college – my dad didn’t even graduate high school – and we live in a rural part of South Carolina, where college and career opportunities are harder to come by unless you’re willing and able to travel far distances.
February 13, 2020
Harriet B. Nembhard Named Dean of College of Engineering at University of Iowa
Dr. Harriet B. Nembhard has been appointed dean of the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Currently head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, Nembhard will oversee six different departments, $50 million in annual research expenditure, 2,400 students and 250 faculty while at UI. Nembhard holds a bachelor’s […]
December 18, 2019
VSU President’s Contract Extended Until 2024
Virginia State University (VSU) President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah’s contract was extended until June 30, 2024 after a recent Board of Visitors vote. His original contract was set to expire June 2021. Under Abdullah’s leadership, VSU received the school’s first Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for the Summerseat project, several academic buildings have undergone renovations, […]
November 19, 2019
Dr. Idalis Villanueva Teaches By Example
Dr. Idalis Villanueva discovered her interest in engineering during high school when her chemistry teacher in Puerto Rico began pushing her in that direction. Now, Villanueva is an assistant professor of engineering education at Utah State University, where she is using her own experience as a first-generation, Latina woman to help inspire students — especially women and people of color — to pursue and excel in STEM fields.
August 5, 2019
Dr. Gilda Barabino Appointed to The National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been appointed to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), making her now only one of six African-American women members in the esteemed academy.
February 18, 2019
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