Dr. Juan Gilbert Receives NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Juan Gilbert as the 2017 NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award recipient.

Dr. Gilbert is a world-renowned computer science scholar, educator, and innovator.  From his work as a faculty member at Clemson to his leadership as Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida, excellence has been a common thread in his professional work leading to local, regional, and national recognition. This recognition includes being honored with the Clemson Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence on multiple occasions, being named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow as well as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist.  A common thread throughout his career in academia has been to advance diversity in computer sciences, leading to Dr. Gilbert receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.  Through his focused mentoring and community building work, he has quantifiably impacted the number of underrepresented minorities studying and working professionally in computer science and truly embodies the definition of Diversity and Inclusion Champion.

The NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion award was established to honor an individual faculty member who has catalyzed change to help students from historically underrepresented minority (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 students from URM groups in engineering. This award aims to recognize the nontraditional perspective of faculty as student support personnel critical to cultivating diversity and inclusion in engineering within our partner institutions.

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 Juan’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Dr. Juan Gilbert  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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