Thu, 24 September 2020

11:00AM – 2:00PM EST

NACME Board of Directors Meeting (Invitation Only)

Fri, 25 September 2020

9:45 AM – 11:30AM EST

Opening Plenary

Frederiek Toney
President, Ford Global Customer Service Division
Ford Motor Company
Chairman, NACME Board of Directors
Session opener
Gary S. May, PhD
Chancellor, UC Davis
Convener and Moderator
Panel: From Dean of Engineering to University President
Gilda Barabino, PhD
President, Olin College
Darryll J. Pines, PhD
President, University of Maryland, College Park
Gregory Washington, PhD
President, George Mason University
11:45AM – 12:30PM EST


12:30PM – 1:30PM EST

Key Note: Time is Now

Introduction of keynote
Michele Lezama
President and CEO National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
NACME Scholar Alum

Keynote Address
Kamau Bobb, PhD
Global Lead, Diversity Strategy and ResearchGoogle
NACME Scholar Alum
1:30PM – 3:00PM EST

Virtual Town Hall – Working Together to Achieve Mutual Outcomes

Session Opener
John L. Anderson, PhD
President National Academy of Engineering
Board of Directors, NACME

Town Hall Breakout Session
Carmen Sidbury, PhD
Sr. Director, Research and DevelopmentNational Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
 3:00PM – 4:00PM EST

National University Partners Meeting (Invitation Only)

3:00PM – 7:00PM EST

Meet NACME Scholars: Virtual Career Fair (Scholars Only)

3:00PM – 3:30PM EST - Opening Session
3:30PM – 7:00PM EST - "Meet the Scholars" Virtual Career Fair

NACME Symposium: The Future of Engineering and Computer Science Education

The symposium will reinforce NACME’s strategic mission to lead impactful change in the under-representation of minority communities in engineering and computer science. NACME is dedicated to driving innovative pathways in which every student, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status is provided with what they need to participate in the global workforce.

Since 1974, NACME scholarship programs have helped thousands of students and contributed to a more diverse STEM workforce. Working with partner institutions we continue to lead the way in offering financial support to pursue engineering and computer science undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

This year we have curated a program that will bring together corporate and university communities to discuss creating an immediate action plan for talent development within engineering and computer science.

To this end, the event we will kick-off with a panel of University Presidents starting at 9:45AM EST who successfully matriculated through the engineering pathway and now serve as the strategic leads for the future of engineering and computer science education. The Symposium will conclude with a virtual town hall, where a select group of leading corporations, universities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations will add their voice to guide our path forward.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., will feature a keynote speaker, “Call to Action” and virtual town hall on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:45AM EST to propose that a select group of leading corporations, Universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations come together to focus financial and human resources on a set of related programs with metric based results. We understand that we are all passionate about our work. Each entity has unique missions, foci, and subject matter expertise, and should continue to implement and support their best practice programs. However, we know passion alone is not enough to ensure success; we need to match our passion for systemic change with a need to measure our progress.

The Time is Now to create a national metric-based effort that we can all support from our different vantage points. An effort driven by specific goals and emphasizes the importance of data assessment and continuous improvement.

Sponsor Logos

NACME Virtual Symposium FAQ


STEM advocates from Industry, academia, government, and the technical community working to promote a more inclusive STEM workforce: from the classroom to senior leadership.
1. Hear from a distinguished panel of engineers who are currently serving as university Presidents at premier higher education institutions.

2. A panel of leaders share innovative programs designed to prepare Americans for the industries of the future and support reskilling and upskilling of incumbent workers so that they can better navigate rapid changes in the world of work.

3. The culminating event will include a call to action for government, academia, and industry to develop policies, incentives, and processes that result in a more diverse engineering and computer science workforce.
Yes, you will need to enter your name, email address, and related contact information to enjoy the Virtual Event program and features.
You will not be able to access the event prior to the start day and time.
Resumes are uploaded during the registration process.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
Yes, you will be provided login credentials to test the system and get familiar with the interface.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.


The morning University Presidents’ panel, Keynote speaker, and afternoon corporate CEO panel are optional to NACME Scholars. The ‘Meet the Scholars” virtual networking event is required for all NACME Scholars.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a “Swag Bag” for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online Cart in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email
Send an email to for any technical assistance.
Industry partners and guest will be able to have live chat with panelist, professionals in other companies.

ONLY NACME Scholars and Board of Director companies will be able to engage with each other during the ‘Meet the Scholars’ virtual networking event in the afternoon.
Attendees cannot log in before the event start time but they can log in during the event time and also during the on-demand time. They won't be able to log in after on-demand has ended
No, an attendee can join a session at any time until the session ends.


Video of the panels and keynote will be available NACME TV/YouTube post the symposium.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, send an email to and see our website ( for further details.
Speaker and panelist contact information, videos, and post conference highlights will be available post symposium on the NACME website and YouTube channels.