Welcome to the 2022 AMIE Design Challenge!
The 5th annual AMIE Design Challenge convened (virtually) on Friday, April 1st from 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM (EST). This AMIE signature program demonstrates the value of the AMIE collaborative partnerships and showcases the innovative and technical expertise of the students from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Schools of Engineering. The objective of the Design Challenge is to:
- Engage students in industry challenges and processes through collaboration with corporate business, government agencies and technical leaders
- Introduce students to new and emerging technologies and how they are used to solve real life problems
- Provide the opportunity for innovative, out of the box thinking, skills development and solution presentations
This year’s Design Challenge focused on the following Problem Statement - “How might we design a solution to improve the quality of life in the areas of Clean Water, Urban Infrastructure, Clean Energy, Transportation and access to High Speed Internet”. Ten (10) HBCU Teams competed and there were fourteen (14) Corporate/Government Sponsors. The first, second and third place team members and their School of Engineering will receive a monetary award. The top three teams will also be invited to present at our 2022 Annual AMIE Conference hosted by Tennessee State University on September 25th – 27th in Nashville, Tennessee.
LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners Approves $5 Million Research Partnership to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
LOS ANGELES (February 17, 2022) – The LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners has approved an agreement with Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) to help achieve diversity in the engineering workforce. AMIE, a nonprofit organization that develops industry, government and university partnerships, will coordinate technical and scientific research on behalf of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) with the 15 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Schools of Engineering. Read the full press release here.
Welcome AMIE's new leaders: Gary Schneider, Chairman and Matt Lavelle, Vice Chair! You can learn more about our new leaders here.
Gary Schneider Matt Lavelle
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. ROBIN COGER AND DR. S. KEITH HARGROVE!
AMIE congratulates Dr. Robin Coger on her appointment as the new Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at East Carolina University!
After a competitive national search, a University of North Carolina (UNC) System veteran engineering educator and administrator has been named Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at East Carolina University (ECU) by Chancellor Philip G. Rogers: Dr. Robin Coger. Read the full announcement here.
AMIE congratulates Dr. S. Keith Hargrove on his appointment as the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Tuskegee University!
Tuskegee University has appointed S. Keith Hargrove, Ph.D., CMfgE, PE, MBA, as Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs effective January 1, 2022. Hargrove currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University. Read the full announcement here.
Black Lives Matter: A call to action for HR
Tomorrow's leaders, MBA students at historically Black colleges and universities, want business leaders to hear their vision for an all-inclusive workplace of the future. Read the full article here.
Welcome our newest industry partners: GDIT , Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and SpaceX!
Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference founders, DeLoatch and Taborn to receive 2019 NSB Public Service Award (the first African Americans to receive this honor!)
The National Science Board (NSB, Board) is pleased to announce that Eugene DeLoatch and Tyrone Taborn will jointly receive the 2019 NSB Public Service Award. This esteemed award honors exemplary service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering.
DeLoatch is professor and dean emeritus at Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University and Taborn is publisher and chief executive officer of Career Communications Group, Inc. Together, they are being recognized for founding the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference and for their dedication to enhancing scientific and engineering literacy in minority communities.
Read the full article about this historic honor here: DeLoatch and Taborn to receive 2019 NSB Public Service Award.
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Welcome to AMIE...
AMIE (Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to expand corporate, government, and academic alliances to implement and support programs to attract, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority students in engineering careers.
The outcome of an initiative by Abbott Laboratories in 1992, AMIE represents a coalition of industry and government agencies, and the ABET accredited Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Schools of Engineering, who see a diversified workforce as a competitive advantage and an essential business strategy. AMIE acts as…
- A catalyst that forges Industry-Government/Academia partnerships that support programs to advance minorities interest in engineering.
- A promoter and encourager to minority students to pursue engineering careers.
- A facilitator for the recruitment of minority students (coops, interns, graduates, etc.) at member organizations.
- An avenue for members to exchange “Best Practices” and solutions for the development of a diversified engineering workforce.
- An enabler for the creation of Engineering Research/Technology transfer agreements
AMIE HBCU Partners in the News
Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) primary purpose is to facilitate partnerships between corporations and/or government agencies and one or more of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) engineering programs to attract, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority students in engineering careers. Our (15) HBCU Partner Institutions represent less than 3% of all the Engineering Schools in the country, yet they produce over 30% of all African American engineers in the United States. Approximately one-third of African American graduates in Science and Engineering are also produce by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). One quarter of PhD recipients in Science and Engineering received their undergraduate degree from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Our (15) HBCU Partner Institutions are a rich resource pool for minority engineering talent. I would like to share a few stories about three (3) of our HBCU Partners. Thank you for your continued support of AMIE and our HBCU Partner Engineering Schools. ---Veronica Nelson, AMIE's Executive Director
Meet our Executive Director, Veronica Nelson!
Veronica Nelson is the Executive Director of Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE). AMIE is a coalition of corporations, government agencies and the fifteen (15) ABET accredited Engineering Schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). She leads AMIE as it develops strategies to expand corporate, government and academic partnerships to implement and support programs to attract, educate, graduate and place minority students in engineering careers and increase diversity in the engineering workforce.
Veronica has over 18 years of experience in process engineering developing Automated Assembly Processes and over 9 years of experience in Engineering Management and Human Resources managing Career Pathways Programs, Diversity Recruiting, Professional Development Rotation Programs, Interns/Co-op Programs and University Relations & Recruiting at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Veronica served as Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton responsible for developing, managing and implementing firm-wide Strategies for University and Diversity Recruiting.
Veronica was awarded the 2007 Women of Color in Technology Award for Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education and the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Educational Leadership – Promotion of Higher Education for her passion and dedication to promoting STEM.
Veronica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics from Howard University. She received the National GEM Consortium Fellowship and was the first female to obtain her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.
Veronica is the proud mother of two sons who have followed her passion and are pursuing degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University and North Carolina A&T State University.
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