Dean M. Katherine Banks Receives NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dean M. Katherine Banks as a 2017 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Dr. Banks is vice chancellor for engineering for the Texas A&M University System and dean of the College at Texas A&M University. Dean Banks made history when she became the first female dean of one of the largest engineering schools in the country. With more than 18,000 engineering students and 500 faculty members, Dean Banks has set a high bar of excellence by driving an enrollment goal of 25,000 students by 2025! She is the author/co-author of more than 150 journal articles, proceedings, papers and book chapters. The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the country, ranking second in undergraduate enrollment and eighth in graduate enrollment by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in its 2016 survey. Forty per-cent of the students at Texas A&M are underrepresented minority students. The 2016-17 diverse enrollment includes a record 15,647 Hispanic and African-American students and 5,907 international students. The university maintained its longstanding record of having about 25 percent of the students in its freshman class be the first in their families to attend college.

The NAMEPA Wings to Succeed awards were established to honor individuals or teams who have catalyzed change to help students from 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 Katherine’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Dean M. Katherine Banks will be recognized at the NAMEPA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 12th, 2017 during the 38th Annual NAMEPA National Conference (Sept 10th -13th, 2017) in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech.


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