Friday February 9, 2007

Engineering Leader to Address UD Students

Topics include the role blacks have played in the development of the nation's technological achievements and the need to prepare and promote minorities for leadership in the science, technology, engineering and math professions.

Carl Mack, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers, will address the role blacks have played in the development of the nation's technological achievements at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Kennedy Union ballroom on the University of Dayton campus.

Mack also will discuss the need to prepare and promote minorities for leadership in the science, technology, engineering and math professions.

Mack's talk is free and open to the public.

For years, UD's minority engineering program has worked to develop a talented, educated, diverse work force by creating an optimum learning environment and increasing the number of minority students majoring in engineering. UD's program helps UD retain nearly 90 percent of the minority students who start in engineering.

Mack, a former project engineer in King County, Wash., once served as president in that county's NAACP chapter. During that time, the NAACP named the King County branch the best in the nation.

The NSBE strives to increase the number of minority students in engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, promotes public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for minorities in that profession, and functions as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of black engineers.

For more information, contact Jackie Hawthorne at 859-312-5432.

For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.