Dean Stephanie Adams Receives NAMEPA Dean of Engineering Champion Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA, Inc.) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, the 7th Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University as the  2017 NAMEPA Dean of Engineering Champion.

Dean Adams is a living example of the power of programs designed to increase the awareness and participation of historically underrepresented minorities in engineering as evidenced by her journey from an MEP summer engineering program participant to Dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering at Old Dominion University.  Throughout her professional career, Dean Adams has been recognized for her commitment to effective outreach, recruitment, retention, and academic success strategies supporting underrepresented student matriculation.  From her initial NSF CAREER award to design, develop and validate a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom to the creation of a Dissertation Institute to reduce time to degree for PhD candidates and diversify the engineering faculty, Dean Adams has created solutions to address structural and climate issues that can impede the pathway to degree attainment for diverse students at all levels.  She has provided her expertise as an advisor to NAMEPA demonstrating her steadfast support of the critical work of the organization.

The NAMEPA Dean of Engineering Champion Award was established to honor individuals who have championed the cause of broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the field of engineering from K-12 through the professoriate. Emphasis is on deans who have 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 the power of diversity programs in their ability to significantly impact the development of extraordinary engineers.

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 Stephanie’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Dean Stephanie G. Adams 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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