Dean Louis Martin-Vega Receives NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dean Louis Martin-Vega as a 2017 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Dr. Louis Martin-Vega is the Dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Louis Martin-Vega is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the many roles he has played in academia. He came to NC State in 2006, after spending nearly five years as Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Prior to his appointment at USF, he held several prestigious positions that include acting head of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF); director of NSF’s Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation; and chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Lehigh University. He also served as Lockheed Professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and directed the University of Florida’s Center for Electronics Manufacturing. He has held tenured faculty positions at the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. His research and teaching concerns are focused in industrial engineering, manufacturing, logistics and distribution, operations management and production, as well as service systems.

His efforts in college education and the promotion of diversity were recognized in 2000 through receipt of the HENACC-Hispanic Engineering National Education Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Pan American Academy of Engineering in 2002 and served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) in 2007-08. He received the 2007 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award from the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida, and that same year was recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the US.  The North Carolina Society of Engineers honored him as the Outstanding Engineer in North Carolina for 2008. He served on the board of directors for The National GEM Consortium, President of the American Society of Engineering Education and has demonstrated passion and pride in diversity and inclusion throughout his career.

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 Louis’ efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Dean Louis Martin-Vega 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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