Meet the 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. Z.T. Deng
Interim Dean and Professor
College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences Alabama A&M University
In August 2019, Dr. Deng was appointed as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences at Alabama A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee and started his academic career at Alabama A&M. He is one of the founding members of the Mechanical Engineering Program at AAMU and he is currently a full professor of Mechanical Engineering. During his 28+ year career at AAMU, he has been serving as principal investigator on multiple externally funded research grants and contracts from government agencies and industries including NASA, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he works in the area of hypersonic aerothermodynamics propulsion system design and analysis and additive manufacturing. Dr. Deng is the award recipient of the AAMU Outstanding Teacher, the AAMU Outstanding Researcher, and the BEYA STEM Innovator. In 2015, he became the Faculty Associate for Research and Scholarship in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, where he established key research teams in focused strategic research areas including cybersecurity and additive manufacturing. He also served as the business liaison for the AAMU Research, Innovation in Science and Engineering (AAMU-RISE).
Murray Gibson was appointed dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering on 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 T. 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 University she leads a skilled team of faculty and staff in the Architecture, Aviation, Chemical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering departments, to ensure that Hampton University is a leader in STEM-related fields. She has served in both faculty and staff positions in the University System of Maryland, including Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, Chair of the Information and Technology Systems Department, Program Director and Professor for Engineering Management, MBA, Management of Information Systems, and Technology Management programs in the Graduate School at University of Maryland Global Campus. She served as Chair of the Council of University System of Maryland Faculty and as the chief liaison between the Chancellor, Board of Regents and the Council, and on the Maryland Higher Education Commission Faculty Advisory Council. She has experience in multinational corporations, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Boeing, with project management and design of engineering systems such as offshore oil platform structures, wide-body airplanes, and hazardous waste and air quality environmental systems in countries around the world. She is a licensed, professional civil engineer and has academic credentials that include a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Howard University, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Doctorate of Science in Environmental and Engineering Management from The George Washington University, and executive graduate leadership training from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Dr. John M. M. Anderson
Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture Howard University
John M. M. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an Sc.B. in electrical engineering from Brown University. After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Anderson joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Anderson was a visiting faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Since 2002, Dr. Anderson has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Howard University in Washington, DC. Currently, Dr. Anderson is Interim Dean of the Howard University College of Engineering and Architecture, as well as a professor of electrical engineering. In addition to his experiences in academia, Dr. Anderson has served as a health science administrator for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anderson is an NSF CAREER Award recipient and a holder of several patents.
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 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 an 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 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 became the dean of the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and her masters and doctoral degrees from California – Berkeley—all in mechanical engineering. She completed her post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School. Before joining N.C. A&T’s faculty, Dr. Coger was a Center Director and a Mechanical Engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Coger’s research expertise is in solving design and performance problems related to tissue-engineered organs, with emphasis on liver replacement devices and their safe storage. Dr. Coger has attracted over $14million in research dollars and has been awarded for her excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and leadership. Dr. Coger is an ASME fellow and also a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Coger serves on the boards of FIRST, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering organization. She is also a member of the editorial board of the American Society for Engineering Education publication, PRISM.
Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer 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 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 the dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering.
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 an 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 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 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.
Before returning to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Dunn held administrative positions at North Carolina A&T State University, Savannah State University, and Alabama A&M University. Derrek holds the following academic degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; a Master of Construction Management from Western Carolina University; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Derrek has extensive experience with program-specific accreditation, in his previous roles as a faculty member, chairperson, dean, or associate vice-president. He has been involved with specialized program accreditation agencies such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the American Council on Construction Education (ACCE), American Chemical Society (ACS), the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the forerunner to Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). These experiences not only extend to program preparation for accreditation visits but also being certified to serve a member of the visiting teams for ABET, ACCE, and ATMAE accreditation visits. In addition to his experience with specialized program accreditation, he has been involved in regional accreditation preparation and campus visits as a faculty, chairperson, and dean.
Dr. Dawit Haile serves as dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University. He previously served as associate dean and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department. Before joining Virginia State University, he held faculty appointments at both Xavier University and Southern Illinois University. His research interests include image compression, wireless networks, data-mining, and graph theory. He has received more than $15M in research funds and grant awards. He was a recipient of the Virginia State University Bank of America Outstanding Faculty award in 2007 in recognition of his excellent contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. Dr. Haile serves on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). CCAM is a not-for-profit applied research consortium with membership from industry, university, and government. Dr. Haile was reappointed and commissioned by the Governor of Virginia as a member of the Commonwealth’s Manufacturing Development Commission to serve a second term of four years commencing July 1, 2017. Dr. Haile earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.