March 20, 2006
Nearly 12,000 diverse engineering students, faculty, and professionals are expected at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on March 29 - April 2 for the 2006 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention. Held in Pittsburgh this year for the first time in over a decade, Carnegie Mellon will play a major role in the program, including participation in the convention career, graduate, and college fairs, and hosting a game design competition, pre-college workshops and campus visits. Some of the university's latest research projects will be displayed during the convention career fair, including the Red Team's autonomous vehicle, the mobile camera array, intelligent robot teams, and Grace, the robo-receptionist.
In addition, Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff will be addressing the convention attendees. President Jared Cohon will deliver a lunch speech to pre-college students about opportunities in engineering. Pradeep Khosla, College of Engineering Dean and Phillip and Marsha Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, will open a general session that will feature Dr. Randal Pinkett, an engineer who is also the latest winner of NBC's "The Apprentice." C. Fred Higgs III, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will also conduct two workshops on the fundamentals of thermodynamics and "engineering the inner you." Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education, will present the opening welcome for a graduate student research competition sponsored by Carnegie Mellon. And Ty Walton and Damian Dourado, Director and Assistant Director of the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center, respectively, will conduct a workshop on the university's Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science.
Engineering graduate students Arielle Drummond (left) and Elon Terrell are members of the NSBE at Carnegie Mellon.