About Us

MIND is the Minorities in Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The division is concerned with programs to improve preparation, recruitment and retention of students at pre-college, undergraduate and graduate levels in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and with the need to increase the number of minority STEM faculty. The division also works to increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

MIND Officers

The Division is headed by an Executive Board consisting of various officers as listed below. Division officers serve two year terms and are elected by members of the division.

Curtis Taylor, Ph.D.

Chair (2023-2024) (He/Him/His)

Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida

Email: curtis.taylor@ufl.edu

Christina Smith, Ph.D.

Chair Elect (2024-2025)

Associate Director for Undergraduate STEM Development
The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
Brown University

Email: christina_smith2@brown.edu

Diane Golding, Ed.D.

Past Chair (2022-2023) (She/Her/Ella)

Assistant Professor of Instruction
The University of Texas at El Paso

Email: degolding@utep.edu 

Ali Shaykhian, Ph.D.

Program Chair (2022-2024) (He/Him/HIs)

EPSCoR Reporting and
Technical Monitor Manager Lead

Email: Ali.Shaykhian@nasa.gov

Victor Garcia, Ph.D.

Secretary (2022-2024) (He/Him/His)

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Research Civil Engineer,  Airfields and Pavements Branch 
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory 

Email: vmgarcia5@utep.edu

Henriette Burns, Ph.D.

Treasurer (2021-2023)

Adjunct Assistant Research Professor 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Email: Hburns@siue.edu

Vemitra White-Alexander, Ph.D.

Member-at-Large (2022-2024)

Program Specialist
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Ben Porter, Ph.D.

Member-at-Large (2023-2024)

Associate Professor of Instruction
Department of Bioengineering
The University of Texas at Dallas

Email: Ben.Porter@utdallas.edu

Saundra Johnson Austin, Ed.D.

CDEI Delegate for ASEE MIND (2021-2023) (She/Her/Hers)

President and CEO
Charis Consulting Group, LLC

Email: saustin@charisgroup.org

Christopher Carr, Ed.D.

Past Chair (2021-2022) (He/Him/His)

Associate Dean & Chief Diversity Officer
Assistant Professor (STEM in Society)
George Mason University

Email: ccarr21@gmu.edu

Jafar F. Al-Sharab, Ph.D.

Delegate for ASEE Commission on Pre-K-12 Eng. Ed. (2023-2024)

Professor, and Former Department Head
Department of Engineering Technology
Northwestern State University

Email: jafar@nsula.edu

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