BTE: Black Trailblazers in Engineering

Keynote Speakers

Wesley Leroy Harris

Wesley Leroy Harris

Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Housemaster of New House Residence Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM

Stephanie G. Adams

Stephanie G. Adams

Dean and Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair of Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas, Dallas and Past President of the American Society of Engineering Education

Friday, February 26, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM

Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel: Social Impact of Black Trailblazers in Engineering
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 5:30-7:00 PM

Watch Video Recording of this Panel 

Barrett Caldwell

Moderator

Barrett Caldwell

Professor of Industrial Engineering, and Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics (By Courtesy), Director, NASA Indiana Space Grant Consortium

Virginia Booth Womack

Virginia Booth Womack

Director, Minority Engineering Program, Purdue University

Christine Grant

Christine Grant

Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the College of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris

President and CEO, Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO)

Mamon Powers Jr.

Mamon Powers Jr.

CEO, Chairman of the Board, Powers & Sons Construction Company

Program Managers

Keynote Panel: How to Get Early Career Research Funding?
Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 12:00-1:25 PM

Ronald D. Joslin

12:05-12:25 PM | Presentation by: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Ronald D. Joslin

Program Director, Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport (CBET) System, National Science Foundation

Ellen M. Robinson

12:25-12:45 PM | Presentation by: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Ellen M. Robinson

Program Coordinator for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s (AFOSR) Science and Engineering Division, Physical and Biological Sciences Branch; and the Department of Defense (DoD) Program Manager for the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Program

Joan M. Greve

12:45-1:05 PM | Presentation by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Joan M. Greve

Scientific Program Manager, Division of Interdisciplinary Training (DIDT) at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Thomas C. Fu

1:05-1:25 PM | Presentation by: Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Thomas C. Fu

Head, Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department of the Office of Naval Research (ONR); Acting Director, Advanced Naval Platforms Division within the Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department, Office of Naval Research

Faculty Development Experts

Success Strategies for New Faculty Members
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM

Facilitators:

Rebecca Brent

Rebecca Brent

President, Education Designs, Inc., Cary, North Carolina

Richard M. Felder

Richard M. Felder

Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University


Purdue Engineering, the birthplace of both the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the nation’s first Women in Engineering program, and the home of Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, and Lillian Gilbreth, is committed to building a diverse and successful national talent pool in engineering. BTE is a new initiative intended to increase the number and success of Black engineering faculty in the US, who in turn, will blaze new trails with discoveries, innovations and social impact and serve as role models for the next generation of engineers.


Program goals

The goal of the BTE program at Purdue Engineering is to prepare future trailblazing faculty in engineering with a focus on preparing outstanding scholars who are also committed to increasing the success of black engineers. Those selected as BTE fellows will attend a virtual four-day workshop, February 24 – 27, 2021, that will provide opportunities for scientific interactions, career-oriented discussions, and networking.


Eligibility

PhD students/postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at US research universities who (a) are expected to complete their PhD/postdoctoral appointments at US universities in 2020 or 2021, and are interested in applying for faculty positions in the US, and (b) are committed to increasing the representation and success of black engineers are eligible for this program. Up to 25 talented BTE fellows will be selected for this initial program.


Application

Required application materials include the following items:

  • Cover letter should summarize why applicants are interested in the program and how it would benefit them; should also indicate their experiences, activities, and/or goals to promote, as a future engineering faculty, a climate that values diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or engagement
  • Research and education plan as a future faculty trailblazer in engineering (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  • 1 letter of recommendation required, up to 2 additional is optional.

Apply at https://purdue.infoready4.com/ on the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page by clicking on Black Trailblazers in Engineering. You may search by the due date of 1/29/2021 to access it more readily.

Create an account by clicking on Register. Here you will input your name and email address and click on Create Account. You will be asked to confirm your account via an email notification sent to the email address entered. Use this email address and established password to access the site. Please note that email domains affiliated with institutions, e.g., edu, are required.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Marsha Freeland, mjfreeland@purdue.edu.


Key Dates

  • September 25, 2020: Application cycle opens
  • January 29, 2021: Applications, including cover letters, CVs, research and education statements and letters of recommendation due
  • January 23, 2021: Evaluation of applications begins until all seats are filled
  • February 3, 2021: BTE Fellows announced
  • February 24 – 27, 2021: Virtual 2021 BTE Workshop

Reasons to Attend

  1. Network with leading trailblazing Black faculty in engineering, thought leaders, program managers at key federal funding agencies, Purdue Engineering school heads, and scientists who will present keynote speeches and talks throughout the program.
  2. Gain insight into what academic success will look like post-pandemic.
  3. Participate in panel discussions.
    • Why choose an academic career?
    • How to apply & interview?
    • How to negotiate salary and start-up packages?
    • How to get early career research funding?
  4. Meet program managers from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Institutes of Health and others; receive advice on your proposals; and participate in a poster session to pitch your research and teaching plans and get feedback from would-be employers.
  5. Attend the "Success Strategies for New Faculty Members" workshop presented by internationally recognized experts in faculty development, Drs. Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent
  6. Receive a $500 scholarship, pending full participation in the workshop!

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