The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA, Inc.) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University as the 2016 NAMEPA Dean of Engineering Champion. Her exemplary service to students, faculty, and the global engineering profession has raised the bar of excellence in broadening participation of engineering students and faculty from historically underrepresented minority (URM) groups. The NAMEPA Dean of Engineering Champion award was established to honor a Dean who has catalyzed change to help students from URM populations overcome historic barriers. Awardees have gone above and beyond the basic responsibilities of a Dean and have used their position to advocate for systemic changes within their institution that are instrumental to the success of students from URM groups in engineering.
Dean Jamieson has been a champion of diversity at the highest levels of Purdue University leading to increases in student diversity and broader awareness of the need to create a culture of inclusiveness which is woven into the College’s strategic growth plan. At Purdue, her support of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) for the past 11 years has enabled historic increases in URM undergraduate enrollment and retention within the College of Engineering. Nationally, she has provided immeasurable support to diversity focused organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers, permitting Purdue MEP director Virginia Booth Womack to serve as an executive on loan to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) during its search for a new Executive Director. In alignment with the commitment to diversity made in the ASEE Engineering Deans Council Diversity Initiative Letter, Dean Jamieson has provided funding to support the recruitment and retention efforts of student organizations, participated in a variety of conversations listening to student perspectives on campus climate and national climate, and engaged her college leadership team in needs assessment and strategic plan development for diversity and inclusion. Additionally, Dean Jamieson has also played an instrumental role in supporting NAMEPA over the past two years. She has provided institutional support offering Purdue’s College of Engineering as a physical headquarters for the organization and has shared her expertise in organizational management as the NAMEPA Dean’s Advisory Board Chair.
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 Leah’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dean Leah H. Jamieson will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.