The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein as a 2016 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Since 2013, Dr. Lowenstein has served as Senior Advisor and Futurist to The Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA), collaborating as a Featured Contributor and Associate Editor of the e-book, EDTECH Revolution 2013: State of Digital and Distance Learning published in June 2013. Ronnie’s expertise in partnership development and dedication to cultivating youth who are civically engaged, culturally aware, globally competent, and dedicated to shaping a positive global future aligns seamlessly with NAMEPA’s prominence in outreach, recruitment, retention and matriculation strategies that yield engineering and STEM graduates. In 2015, Ronnie reached out to encourage NAMEPA to launch the STEM on the Hill Initiative to engage university students in understanding the impact of policy on their educational experience and finding their voice to positively impact policy for student access and success in STEM fields. A pilot of the NAMEPA STEM on the Hill Program was launched on April 12-14, 2016. Four Purdue undergraduate student leaders from historically underrepresented minority (URM) groups received training on and discussed current legislative initiatives that impact K-12 and post-secondary education funding. Students met with their state congressmen and US Senators to express their concerns. The students’ presentations, depth of knowledge, and recommendations left a lasting impression on the legislative officers and staff. This program will be reviewed by the NAMEPA Board of Directors for replication at other institutions.
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 Dr. Lowenstein’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.