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.
Dr. Chance Glenn
Dean, College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences
Alabama A&M University
Chance Glenn began his engineering career at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, where he designed microwave and radio frequency devices for a 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. In August of 2012, Dr. Glenn became the dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences at the Alabama A&M University. 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
Dr. Murray Gibson was the founding dean of Northeastern University’s College of Science. While at Northeastern, in collaboration with faculty and staff, he was instrumental in helping the college raise $26 million in philanthropic funds over five years. Gibson also worked with faculty to raise annual research funding by 50 percent, and during his tenure, the university moved up 25 points in national rankings. Prior to his role, he served as a professor in one of the nation’s top 10 engineering schools, where he trained doctoral students.
Dr. Joyce Shirazi
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Joyce T. Shirazi has a long and distinguished career in higher education and in industry. At Hampton University, she leads a skilled team of faculty and staff in the engineering, architecture, and aviation departments to ensure that Hampton University is a leader in STEM-related fields. Dr. Shirazi has served in both faculty and staff positions in the University System of Maryland. 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, Architecture & Computer Science
Dr. Messac came to Howard University from Mississippi State University, where he had served in roles that included Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr., Chair. 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 (2010–2013) and prior to that as Acting Department Head for the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department (2008–2009) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was also elected and served as the Faculty Senate President.
Dr. Wilbur Walters
Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Jackson State University
Wilbur L. Walters Jr. recently served as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He is also an associate professor in the department of physics, atmospheric sciences, and geosciences with a joint appointment in the department of civil and environmental engineering. Dr. 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.
Dr. Craig Scott was appointed 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. Craig Scott has served associate professor, professor, and chair in the Electrical & 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. He was appointed Interim Engineering Dean at Morgan State University in February 2018.
Dr. Joseph C. Hall
Interim Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET)
Norfolk State University
Dr. Joseph Hall is interim dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET). Hall serves as a tenured professor of chemistry at Norfolk State University. He has served as secretary and president of the NSU Faculty Senate and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Synergy – a nonprofit Biotechnology Incubator Start-up Company located in Boston, Massachusetts. Hall previously served as NSU vice president for research and economic development, helping the University reach one of its highest levels of grants submitted and grants funded in its history.
Dr. Robin N. Coger
Dean, College of Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Robin Coger is the dean and a professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Under her leadership, the college continues to implement several initiatives designed to facilitate and showcase the college’s 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 College of Engineering is a strong technical epicenter for our regional, national, and international partners.
Dr. Shield Lin
Associate Dean, College of Engineering
Prairie View A&M University
Dr. Shield Lin is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering & Associate Dean, College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. Lin earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station in 1986, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, Kingsville in 1981, and a bachelor’s degree, also in mechanical engineering, from Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan in 1975. Dr. Lin has served as a professor Prairie View A&M University since 1996. He joined Prairie View in 1986 as an Assistant Professor after serving as a Teaching/Research Assistant at Texas A&M University from 1982 to 1986.
Dr. Patrick Carriere
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Southern University and A&M College
Dr. Patrick Carriere received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University–College Station. Prior to 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 National Science Foundation in both Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Engineering Education and Centers.
Dr. S. Keith Hargrove
Dean, College of Engineering, Technology & Computer Science
Tennessee State University
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 & Information Engineering in the Clarence Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University, and as Assistant to the Dean and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University.
Dr. Heshmat Aglan
Dean, College of Engineering
Heshmat 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. In projects focusing on reforming engineering curriculum funded by the NSF, Aglan spearheaded the development of hands-on courses for engineering students through the design and development of modules with embedded assessments.
Dr. Devdas Shetty
Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
University of the District of Columbia
Devdas Shetty joined the University of the District of Columbia in 2012, having 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 First Chair of the Vernon D. Roosa Endowed Professorship. In addition, 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 Highland Park, MI.
Dr. Kate Brown
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Dr. Kate Brown is currently is an Associate Professor with teaching specialties in Finance and Statistics. She received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. Prior to 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.
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 Univerity. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science 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; Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.