July 28 Summer Awards Banquet Celebrates Youths' "Future"


TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, AL  – (July 28, 2005)  – Summer programs participants are encouraged to not only join the Tuskegee University family, but they are ensured that they are already an honorary part of this close-knit academic community.

With the theme "Your Future," the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences hosts a culminating Summer Awards Banquet for the summer programs youth at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005, in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on campus.

Ford Motor Co. is sponsoring the banquet that features one of Tuskegee's own – alumna and faculty member Dr. Tamara M. Floyd – as the keynote speaker.

"The College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences sponsors two intensive summer sessions annually," explained Dr. Legand L. Burge Jr., Dean of the College. "The six-week Freshman Accelerated Start-Up Training for Retention in Engineering Curricula program targets incoming Tuskegee engineering students, while the two-week Minority Introduction to Engineering session caters to rising high school juniors and seniors with interests in the field."

Burge said he is "very impressed with the caliber of young people participating in this summer's programs" and praised them for "dedicating themselves and sacrificing a significant portion of their summer for this educational experience."

Floyd  has been an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Tuskegee since 2003. Her impressive academic career includes a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She graduated summa cum laude from Tuskegee University with a bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1996.

Her publications, presentations and honors are numerous. Among her accomplishments are the 2000-2001 UNCF- Merck Graduate Fellowship, the Outstanding Seminar Award of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, the National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship, the Tuskegee University Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering Award, the Tuskegee University Eminent Scholar recognition, and the National Achievement Scholar honor.

Among the many organizations Floyd has served as a member are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The Tuskegee alumna has conducted extensive research, studying such topics as the "Design, micro-fabrication, characterization and modeling of micro-chemical systems for liquid-liquid processes" done while at MIT, and "A company-wide analytical study to address environmental compliance issues" done while working with Ford Motor Company's Environmental Quality Office in Dearborn, Mich.

For more information about the FASTREC or MITE programs, contact Toya Dean, assistant to the dean for recruitment and special programs, (334) 727-8356. Tuskegee’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences continues to be recognized nationally as a leading producer of Black engineers .

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