CURRENT MIND OFFICERS
Darryl N. Williams
Research Scientist, Office for Academic Affairs
Prairie View A&M University
North Carolina A&T State University
Director of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE)
University of Oklahoma
Director, Women in Engineering (WE) Program,
Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education
Assistant Director for Research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED)
Donald E. (Don) Newsom
Program Chair: Rochelle Williams
Rochelle L. Williams, Ph.D. joined Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in August 2016 as a Research Scientist in the Office for Academic Affairs. In this role, she works with the Provost/ Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on research projects and initiatives at the intersection of continuous quality improvement, the advancement of women faculty in STEM, and pedagogy in STEM education. Before joining PVAMU, Dr. Williams worked as the Director, Programs and Research at ABET in Baltimore, MD. In this role, she was responsible for all faculty development workshops on best practices in program assessment and led the design and implementation of all surveys deployed by the organization. Dr. Williams has a Bachelor’s of Science in physics from Spelman College and both her Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from Southern University and A&M College.
Secretary: Tonya Smith-Jackson
Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D., CPE is Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. She is a full professor, founder and director of the Human Factors Analytics Lab. Previously, she was a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for fourteen years, where she served as founder and director of the Assessment and Cognitive Ergonomics Lab and co-director of the Human-Computer Interaction and Safety Engineering Labs. Beyond her agency and industry-funded research in system safety, inclusive design, and engineering education, she earned several awards for innovations in teaching and research.
Treasurer: Susan Walden
Susan Walden holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, but for 14 years she has been the Director of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE). In her nationally recognized scholarship with RISE, Dr. Walden coordinates a multi-disciplinary research team using primarily qualitative and mixed methods to study how the complex milieu of factors such as faculty cultural competency, institutional policies, and academic cultures intersect with students’ sex, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and cultural capital to contribute to students’ academic experiences and eventual success in engineering majors. She has been a member of ASEE since 2004 and is a former officer in MIND and Pre-College divisions.
Member-at-Large: Shawna Fletcher
Shawna Fletcher Director, Women in Engineering (WE) Program, Texas A&M University. In similar positions at Ohio State University and Arizona State University (1997 – 2015); I have directed STEM outreach, recruitment, retention and inclusion programs in engineering. Nationally, I’ve served on the WEPAN Board (2012-2015); TECH CORPS Board; President of Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education (www.apasestem.org) and hosted the National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) (www.h2orobots.org) annually (2007 – 2013). My programs center on inclusive practices to change culture and support underrepresented populations. I received BS degrees in Microbiology/Physiological Psychology (Neuroscience), with minors in Chemistry/Women’s Studies and an MS degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University. I’m interested in serving the ASEE MIND Division as Member at Large to continue this important work.
Member-at-Large: Walter Lee
Walter Lee, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education and the Assistant Director for Research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech. Lee’s research interests include co-curricular support, student success and retention, and diversity in STEM. Among his honors and awards, Lee received a 2012 NSF GRFP Award and was named Graduate Student of the Year Award at Virginia Tech for 2013-2014. Lee received an ASEE Apprentice Faculty Grant Award in 2015.