Meet 15 deans at ABET-accredited Historically Black College and University Engineering Schools, and click on the links to find out more about the programs that produce more than 33 percent of America’s black engineers.
In the photo taken at the 2019 BEYA STEM Conference in Washington D.C. are L-R: Dr. Craig Scott, interim dean of Morgan State University’s Clarence Mitchell School of Engineering, Dr. Heshmat Aglan, dean and professor, College of Engineering, Tuskegee University, Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon, dean, Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering, Dr. Devdas Shetty, dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Dr. Kate Brown, interim dean and associate professor, School of Business and Technology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Dawit Haile, interim dean, College of Engineering and Technology, Virginia State University, Dr. Robin N. Coger, dean, College of Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Chairman and Career Communications Group CEO Tyrone Taborn, Dean Emeritus, Morgan State University, and co-founder of the BEYA STEM Conference Dr. Eugene DeLoatch, Dr. Patrick Carriere, Dean, College of Sciences and Engineering, Southern University and A&M College, Dr. J. Murray Gibson, dean, Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering, Dr. Joyce T. Shirazi, dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Hampton University, Dr. Chance Glenn, dean, College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, dean, College of Engineering, Tennessee State University, and Dr. Wilbur Walters, dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Jackson State University. Not shown is Dr. Michael Keeve, dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Norfolk State University.
Dr. Chance Glenn
Dean, College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences
Alabama A&M University
Dr. Chance Glenn received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. He then received his Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree, both in electrical engineering, from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He began his engineering career at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, where he designed microwave and radio frequency devices for a wide range of defense-related applications. There he also became involved in signal processing and the study of nonlinear dynamical systems. He began publishing, presenting, and submitting patent applications even before completing his undergraduate studies. He then left the Army Research Lab and started Syncrodyne Systems Corporation with his partner and colleague, Dr. Scott Hayes. Syncrodyne Systems’ mission was to develop new commercial technologies using nonlinear dynamics as a foundation. They developed and patented the Syncrodyne amplifier, which is a highly efficient power amplifier for RF communications. In 2003, Dr. Glenn joined the faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where was a tenured professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology. In 2008, he became the associate dean of graduate studies. He was the founding director of the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications, Innovation, and Collaborative Research, where he led faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to develop new ideas in communications and signal processing. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology. Dr. Glenn is well-published, gives talks nationally and internationally, and has several patents awarded and pending surrounding his work. Dr. Glenn is also an avid singer and songwriter, having written and published over 100 songs, recorded two albums, and having a song nominated for a Grammy award in 2000. In August of 2012, Dr. Glenn became the dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences at the Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. He is leading the college through its expansion to prepare students and researchers to meet the global needs of the 21st century.
Dr. J. Murray Gibson
Dean, College of Engineering
Florida A&M University – Florida State University
Murray Gibson was appointed dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering July 1, 2016. This is the nation’s only partnered college that combines the unique mission of a top public HBCU with the capabilities of the highest research activity university. Previously he served five years as the Founding Dean of the Northeastern University College of Science. As director of the advanced photon source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, IL between 2001 and 2010, Gibson developed the billion-dollar synchrotron X-ray source into the Western Hemisphere’s largest scientific user facility (based on the number of users and publication output). Before joining Argonne as the director of the Materials Science division in 1998, Gibson spent seven years as a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Gibson began his career at IBM Research and then moved on to Bell Laboratories in 1980 where he led the Electronic and Photonic Materials Research Department in Murray Hill, NJ until 1991. Gibson holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge in England and researches materials science and engineering. He has developed advanced microscopy and diffraction techniques to study structure at the atomic scale in materials and to illuminate the relationship of important materials’ properties to structure. He has published over 200 journal papers, has five patents, and has over 17,000 citations to his published work. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (where he has chaired the physics section), the American Physical Society, and the Royal Microscopical Society.
Dr. Joyce Shirazi
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Joyce Shirazi, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Hampton University, has a long and distinguished career in higher education and industry. At Hampton, Dr. Shirazi leads a skilled team of faculty and staff in the engineering, architecture, and aviation departments to ensure that Hampton is a leader in STEM-related fields. Dr. Shirazi has served in both faculty and staff positions in the University System of Maryland (USM), including as senior vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President, chair of the Information and Technology Systems Department, program director and collegiate professor for Engineering Management, M.B.A., Management of Information Systems, and Technology Management programs in the Graduate School at University of Maryland University College. She served as the chair of the Council of University System Faculty for USM and as the chief liaison between the chancellor, the Board of Regents, and the council. She advised the chancellor, presidents, and provosts on matters of systemwide professional and educational concern to the faculty and matters to which faculty bring special expertise. Also, she served on the Maryland Higher Education Commission Faculty Advisory Council. Dr. Shirazi was an avid recruiter of new students for engineering programs from regional high schools while serving as an assistant professor in the civil engineering department at Morgan State University. She helped guide a very successful college preparatory program for pre-college engineering students. Dr. Shirazi has experience in multinational corporations, including Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and McDonnell-Douglas, with project management and design of engineering systems such as offshore oil platform structures, wide-body jet airplanes, and hazardous waste and air quality environmental systems in countries around the world. As an engineer in the oil industry, she traveled the world performing hands-on design and analysis work.
Dr. Achille Messac
Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture
Dr. Messac serves as dean of engineering and architecture at Howard University, where the college experienced a historic 66-point increase in the US News & World Report rankings within three years. Previously, at Mississippi State University, he served as dean of engineering and Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr. chair, and professor of aerospace engineering. Throughout his career, Dr. Messac has held academic and administrative leadership positions with increasing responsibilities, including distinguished professor and chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Syracuse University, resulting in a 12-point increase in US News & World Report’s rankings and a 25 percent increase in faculty diversity within three years. Before that, he served as acting department head for the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was also elected and served as the Faculty Senate president. Dr. Messac earned his Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science degree, and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), where he served on the Board of Trustees and as director for aerospace structures and design. Additionally, Dr. Messac is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). As a leader in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Dr. Messac has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award. Also, Dr. Messac has authored or coauthored over 240 peer-reviewed publications and frequently serves as an industry/academic expert and conference speaker.
Dr. Wilbur Walters
Interim Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Jackson State University
In 2013, Wilbur L. Walters, Jr. was appointed associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Walters joined the Jackson State faculty in 2002. He is a graduate of Jackson State and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in materials engineering from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He served as associate dean for undergraduate programs in Jackson State’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and as an associate professor in the Department of Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, and Geosciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests are the development and characterization of thin films, coatings, and nanostructured material.
Dr. Craig Scott
Interim Dean, Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering
Morgan State University
Dr. Craig Scott was appointed an interim dean of Morgan State University’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering in February 2018. During his 27-year academic career at Morgan State, Dr. Scott has served as associate professor, professor, and chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department for the last 17 years. His research interests include engineering visualization, network security, intrusion detection, analytics, computer vision, image/spatial data fusion, multi-view image reconstruction, non-radar-based tracking, engineering education, and technology-assisted formative assessment and differentiated instruction. Scott earned his Ph.D. from Howard University, a Master of Science from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree in science from Howard.
Dr. Michael Keeve
Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET)
Norfolk State University
Dr. Michael Keeve was appointed dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Norfolk State University in July. He began serving as associate dean in 2011. Dr. Keeve earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hampton University and went on to graduate from the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in applied mathematics. He earned a Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Born in Lottsburg, VA in 1963, Keeve is the sixth of seven children of Robert and Gracie Keeve.
Dr. Robin N. Coger
Dean, College of Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Robin N. Coger is the dean of the College of Engineering (COE) and a professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. Under Dr. Coger’s leadership, the college continues to implement several initiatives designed to facilitate and showcase its excellence in line with the university’s “Preeminence 2020” strategic plan and the college’s strategic priorities. With focus ranging from advancing the global preparedness of COE students and highlighting the research of COE graduate students to enhancing the innovation climate across the college, each is designed to ensure that the COE is a strong technical epicenter for regional, national, and international partners. Before joining A&T’s faculty in July 2011, Dr. Coger served as the founder and director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems (now the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science) and was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science (MEES) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her career at UNC Charlotte spanned over 15 years, where she served as a dedicated educator, researcher, and administrator—the latter of which included serving as the interim chairperson of the MEES department from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Coger’s research expertise is in solving design and performance problems related to tissue engineered organs, with a special emphasis on liver replacement devices and their safe storage for off-the-shelf availability. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Whitaker Foundation, and has resulted in numerous publications in the areas of liver tissue engineering and cryopreservation, one patent, as well as two additional patent applications. Dr. Coger has been awarded for her excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring over the years, the latter of which includes earning the 2010 Harshini V. de Silva Award for graduate student mentoring at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Coger was also the inaugural recipient of the “Ivory Dome Award” at the 2017 Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Technology Achievement Awards, in recognition of the role she plays in increasing the number of students in the STEM discipline. She is also a 2019 honoree of the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award. Dr. Coger is a strong advocate of the university, private, and government partnerships. As such, in addition to the partnerships she and her team continue to forge and steward for her university, Dr. Coger is a board member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering organization (see amiepartenrships.com), and FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (see firstinspires.org for more information). She is also a member of the editorial board of the American Society for Engineering Education publication, PRISM. Additionally, Dr. Coger chairs the HBCU Engineering Deans Council, which consists of the 15 engineering deans at HBCU institutions with ABET-accredited engineering programs. Dr. Coger earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and her Master of Science and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley—all in mechanical engineering. She completed her post-doctoral research as a fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon
Dean, College of Engineering
Prairie View A&M University
Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering since 2003. In 2013, Obiomon took on the role of department head serving one of the largest programs in the college. Under her guidance, the department was awarded $20 million in grants from the chancellor’s research initiative, which helped aid in the creation of the Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Center, Cyber Security Research Center, the Center for Advancing Innovation is Smart Microgrid, and Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence. She earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, an M.S. in engineering from Prairie View A&M University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. Before coming to PVAMU, she taught courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and she worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Obiomon’s research interests lie in the areas of integrated microsystems for environmental sensing powered by energy scavenging, smart systems using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and the design of FPGA-based controllers for autonomous vehicles. She published over 52 papers in refereed journals, international and national conferences, and colloquia as an author or co-author; she was awarded over $14 million in research funds as a PI and Co-PI, and she developed the Field-Programmable Gate Array Synthesis Laboratory at PVAMU. Also, she supervised and served on some 21 master’s and Ph.D. committees and holds memberships in IEEE, IEEE Women in Engineering, and Eta Kappa Nu.
Dr. Patrick Carriere
Dean, College of Sciences and Engineering
Southern University and A&M College
Dr. Patrick Carriere received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University–College Station. Before joining Southern University–Baton Rouge in 1998, he held faculty positions at both Texas A&M–Kingsville and West Virginia University–Morgantown. In 1999 he became the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. From March 2002 to August 2005, he was the associate dean for research and graduate programs. From August 2004 to August 2005, he served as program director at the NSF in the Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Engineering Education and Centers. In 2006 he served as the program chair for the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education–Gulf Southwest Conference and as the Steering Planning Committee chair for the FEMA/HBCUs Conference Region 6. Dr. Carriere has worked extensively on numerous environmental and water resources projects. His research interests are in the areas of bioremediation, treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, and groundwater modeling. He has authored and co-authored many refereed journals and articles. Dr. Carriere received many teaching and research awards. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and many other professional organizations. In 1995 he was selected as the Outstanding Researcher of the College of Engineering at West Virginia University. Dr. Carriere received Outstanding Faculty awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000. In 2005 he served as the associate dean of the College of Engineering at Southern University, director of graduate programs, and Massie Chair of Excellence Professor. Dr. Carriere also served on the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge Engineer and Surveyor Selection Boards. In January 2017, he became dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering.
Dr. S. Keith Hargrove
Dean, College of Engineering
Tennessee State University
Dr. S. Keith Hargrove serves as the dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University, his M.S. from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO, as a GEM fellow, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa as a CIC fellow. He previously served as the chairperson of the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Information Engineering in the Clarence Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, and as assistant to the dean and associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Sciences at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. He has worked for General Electric, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, NIST, Oak Ridge Laboratory, and General Motors and as a research professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hargrove has received research funding from the NSF and has conducted research projects with Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing, NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army in systems engineering, design, virtual and augmented reality, advanced manufacturing, and minority engineering education. He is the director of the TIGER Research Institute at Tennessee State University, a group of laboratories funded by external grants and contracts. He has received several awards for teaching, research, and mentoring, and is an associate member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, ASEE, Tennessee Academy of Science, and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. A strong believer in K-12 STEM education, he is a founding board member of STEM Preparatory Academy, a local charter school in Nashville, and is active with curriculum programs and board membership at Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville, TN, and Smithson Craighead Academy. Dr. Hargrove is also a strong advocate for mentoring tenure‐track and minority faculty throughout their academic careers, and the author of two books on academic leadership and mentoring of minority faculty.
Dr. Heshmat Aglan
Dean, College of Engineering
Dr. Heshmat Aglan has a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of London, England, and an M. Eng. and B.S. from Assiut University, Egypt, all in mechanical engineering, and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Macromolecular Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Aglan has worked at Tuskegee University for 25 years, strengthening teaching, research, and outreach with local, national, and internationally recognized research. He is a professor of mechanical engineering and previously served as the associate dean of the College of Engineering. In projects focusing on reforming engineering curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation, Aglan spearheaded the development of hands-on courses for engineering students through the design and development of modules with embedded assessments. He has earned numerous honors and awards, including a four-year appointment in June 2015 by the governor of the state of Alabama to the State Board of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration; editor-in-chief of the Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, Sage Publishers, Inc.; and associate director of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Education Coalition (AMSTEC). Dr. Aglan has been responsible for many funded projects at the national and international levels. He has shared his cutting-edge engineering research with NASA, the DoD, the DOE, the NSF, the DHS, the Federal Railroad Administration, Raytheon, Nucor Steel, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other companies. He has more than 130 refereed journal articles disseminating his research work. He is a registered professional engineer in both Alabama and Ohio. Dr. Aglan has supervised seven Ph.D. students, more than 40 M.S. students, and more than 20 post-doctoral scholars. The USPO has recently granted him two patents; one deals with the invention of nanostructured thin films and the second with the invention of technology for in situ repairing of railroad railhead defects.
Dr. Devdas Shetty
Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
University of the District of Columbia
Dr. Devdas Shetty joined the University of the District of Columbia in 2012, having previously served as dean of engineering at Lawrence Technological Institute and dean of research at the University of Hartford. While with the University of Hartford, Dr. Shetty was the first chair of the Vernon D. Roosa Endowed Professorship. Also, he was the director of the Engineering Applications Center, through which he established partnerships with more than 50 Connecticut industries. During 2008 and 2009, Dr. Shetty served as dean of the College of Engineering for Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. During that time, he initiated several new academic programs, established partnerships, and contributed to curricular innovation. Before coming to Hartford, Dr. Shetty held academic positions at the Albert Nerkin School of Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Dr. Shetty is the author of three books and more than 200 scientific articles and has six patents. His books on mechatronics and product design are widely used as textbooks in many universities around the world. Dr. Shetty’s research work has been cited for original contribution to the understanding of engineering surface measurement, for significant intellectual achievements in mechatronics, and contributions to product design. He is especially well-known for his contributions in establishing partnerships between the university and industries. He is the recipient of academic and research grants from organizations like the NSF, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force. Dr. Shetty had been leading research efforts in a U.S. Army research project on unmanned aerial vehicles. In partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he invented the patented mechatronics process for supporting patients. Dr. Shetty has chaired several international conferences and presented keynote lectures. Major honors received by Dr. Shetty include the James Frances Bent Award for Creativity, the Edward S. Roth National Award for Manufacturing from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineer Faculty Award, and Society of Manufacturing Engineers Honor Award. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Kate Brown
Interim Dean and Associate Professor
School of Business and Technology
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Dr. Kate Brown is currently interim dean of the School of Business and Technology. She received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. Before her appointment at UMES, Dr. Brown spent 17 years in New Zealand, where she was chair of the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Her experiences in New Zealand included a five-year appointment on the New Zealand Commerce Commission. She has authored numerous publications in refereed journals, including one best paper award. Her research interests include dividend policy, entrepreneurship, financial market analysis, mergers, and bankruptcy prediction. She developed the finance concentration for the business administration major and has introduced three new finance courses since her appointment in 2005.
Dr. Dawit Haile
Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Technology
Virginia State University
Dr. Dawit Haile is the interim dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia State University. He is also a professor of mathematics and computer science and associate dean for the College of Engineering and Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; a Master of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.