Dr. Crystal Smith Receives NAMEPA Administrator of the Year Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Crystal Smith as the 2017 NAMEPA Administrator of the Year Award for her volunteerism and service to the organization. Dr. Smith is the Director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Summer Bridge Program. She is responsible for aspects of the curriculum, staffing, students’ schedules based on university/Engineering Opportunity Program (EOP) placement tests. She oversees over 85 TAs/Tutors for 120+ incoming students and works cooperatively with Ms. Maria Oquendo and Ms. Kim Akhtab to operate the 5 week program.

Dr. Crystal Smith has a legacy of almost 20 years of NAMEPA interaction and service holding a number of regional and national offices. She is the Past National President of NAMEPA and current National Treasurer. Crystal has held every level of office in Region A and national office. She is a tireless advocate for NAMEPA in all venues (regional and national conferences) and in all organizations (NAMEPA, NSBE, SHPE, GEM, LSAMP and NACME). On campus, Crystal is known as the NAMEPA person to all critical senior and junior administrators, student services departments and offices. Dr. Smith has been a delegate, on behalf of STEM and URM students and programs at the national, state, and local governmental levels.

The NAMEPA Administrator of the Year Award was established to honor members that have made exceptional contributions in outreach, recruitment, and retention of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations. These individuals serve in college level administration roles created to promote the participation of students from underrepresented groups in engineering disciplines. Awardees have also provided strong leadership in support of NAMEPA initiatives at the regional and/or national levels and play an instrumental role in coordinating the efforts of colleges, institutions, industry, public school districts, and organizations to support the development of students from URM backgrounds in engineering and STEM fields. The award recognizes individuals such as Mr. Singleton, who inspire others to make service a central part of their lives.

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