Pat Locke Receives NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce Pat Locke as the 2016 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Pat Locke is a champion in outreach activities to increase the interest of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in STEM fields. As a retiree of the United States Army, Pat has continued to work with relentless focus to promote underrepresented minority student success.

Having enlisted in the Army in 1974, Priscilla “Pat” (Walker) Locke attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School before entering West Point with the Class of 1980, the first to include women. Upon graduation, she branched Air Defense Artillery, commanding a HAWK battery in Germany and serving as both operations and executive officer for a Patriot battalion. She also completed a tour as executive officer at the U.S. Air Defense Artillery School, and earned several graduate degrees. Following her retirement from active duty in 1995, she served as a leadership and ethics mentor while remaining active in the Army community. Her achievements are even more commendable in light of the hardships she endured during her early years in tumultuous Detroit, her decision to join the Army, the culture shock she experienced at West Point, and the myriad challenges she faced as an African-American and as a woman in male dominated fields. She forged an unchartered path that opened up opportunities and support systems for students from URM groups, especially women of color, and continues to reach back and assist those who come behind her.

The NAMEPA Wings to Succeed awards were established to honor individuals or teams who have catalyzed change to help students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations overcome historic barriers or those who go above and beyond standard expectations in their jobs and are instrumental in the success of students from URM backgrounds in engineering. This award aims to recognize non-traditional diversity roles including but not limited to faculty, corporate representatives, community organizers, and other university administrators.

NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.

NAMEPA is very grateful for Pat Locke’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Pat Locke will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.

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