The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is honored to award the 2016 NAMEPA Legacy Faculty Award posthumously to Dr. Eric Furgason, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. From the inception of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) at Purdue University in 1974, Dr. Furgason was a beloved contributor. Over 34 years he has helped more than 8,000 students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations and has accumulated more than 17,000 small-group student-contact-hours for MEP. Every summer, with the support of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he taught up to 4 workshops for MEP. An impressive figure that does not show up in the 17,000 contact-hours mentioned is the hundreds of hours he has spent advising and organizing other MEP activities. Dr. Furgason continued to teach in the MEP summer program through the summer of 2015.
The NAMEPA Legacy Faculty Award was established to honor an individual faculty member who has catalyzed change to help students from URM populations overcome historic barriers. Awardees have gone above and beyond the basic responsibilities of a faculty member and are instrumental in the success of underrepresented minority students in engineering.
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 Eric’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and his legacy lives on in MEP programs and the thousands of students he has impacted. Dr. Eric Furgason will be posthumously recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN on October 2, 2016 at Purdue University.