Our 30th Anniversary and Annual Conference will be held on Sunday, September 10th through Tuesday, September 12th at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  We will celebrate and recognize 30 years of Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering.  The conference will be an innovative interactive experience as we bring together the past and present Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), students, engineering professionals and leaders from top corporations and government agencies.  The 30th Anniversary and Annual Conference will also feature prominent speakers and inspiring panel discussions. 

Why attend?

  • Interact with the Deans of the ABET accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Schools of Engineering
  • Learn first-hand about the world-class engineering expertise being developed and leveraged at HBCUs
  • Learn about the unprecedented research capabilities of the ABET accredited engineering programs at HBCUs
  • Learn and share best practices for partnering with engineering schools while networking with leaders from Industry, Higher Education and Government Agencies
  • Learn how to maximize your organization’s ROI on Diversity Investment via Public / Private partnerships


Conference Registrations:

$650.00 per person (Partners ONLY) before Friday, August 25th

$750.00 per person before Friday, August 25th

$850.00 per person after Friday, August 25th


Hotel Reservation Link:  https://book.passkey.com/go/AMIE30thAnniversary2023

For additional information, please contact:

Veronica L. Nelson

Executive Director, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE)

Email:    [email protected]




The 6th annual AMIE Design Challenge convened on Friday, February 10th 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 Clean Water, Urban Infrastructure, Clean Energy, Transportation, Cybersecurity, Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem and access to High-Speed Internet.  The Problem Statements and Solutions focused on critical areas such as clean water, water/urban infrastructure, policy brutality, cyber-attacks, transportation and improving pollution.  Eleven (11) HBCU Teams and over 80 students competing from Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, Prairie View A&M University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia and Virginia State University. 


There were thirteen (13) Sponsors who supplied financial and technical support from Abbott, Capital One, Google, IBM Corporation, Raytheon Technologies, Boston Scientific, Qurate Retail Group, The Boeing Company, Leidos, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oracle, Siemens and KBR.  The top three teams will be invited to attend and present at our 30th AMIE Anniversary and Annual Conference in Washington, DC on September 10th – 12th.  Please join me in Congratulating our 2023 AMIE Design Challenge Winners!


  • Alabama A&M University - 1st Place
  • University of the District of Columbia - 2nd Place
  • Prairie View A&M University - 3rd Place


Please visit our AMIE Design Challenge Landing Page and view our AMIE Design Challenge Video:


2023 AMIE Design Challenge Landing Page:  2023 AMIE Design Challenge

2023 AMIE Design Challenge Video:  https://youtu.be/vVvaUG-J1NQ



Welcome AMIE's new leaders: Gary Schneider, Chairman and Matt Lavelle, Vice Chair! You can learn more about our new leaders here.


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         Gary Schneider                           Matt Lavelle 



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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!


Welcome to AMIE...

AMIE (Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineeringis 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

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.  ---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 at the Sector and Corporate levels.  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 footsteps and received Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and the other in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University.


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