National Technical Association Conference at Tuskegee Nov. 8-10


TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, Ala. – (July 19, 2004) – At Tuskegee University Nov. 8-10, the National Technical Association (NTA) will address "Science & Technology: The Research, The Business, The Impact on Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions."

With daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. sessions at the Tuskegee University Kellogg Conference Center, the 76th National Conference and Technical Career & Opportunity Fair event "brings together four major components of our organization," said Frank Robinson Jr., NTA President.

Honorary co-chairs of the event are Dr. Amanda H. Goodson of Raytheon Company and Garry A. Harris of HTS Enterprise. Among the featured speakers are William D. Magwood IV
of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. N. Joyce Payne of the National Association of State Universities & Land Grant Colleges, Dr. Frederick Humphries of Florida A&M University, and Dr. Karen Butler-Purry of Texas A & M University.

Those components are technical paper presentation sessions through NTA societies, personal and professional workshops, award recognition ceremonies and the Technical Career & Opportunity Fair.

"We will address the opportunities and challenges facing America’s technology infrastructure and human resources pipeline," Robinson said. "This event also brings together companies looking for qualified, seasoned and talented science, engineering and technology professionals and students."

Dr. Sammie Giles, the conference’s local chair, is head of the Department of Electrical Engineering in Tuskegee’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences. Giles also advises Tuskegee's recently organized NTA-Tuskegee chapter.

"It has been some time since NTA has brought its national conference to Tuskegee University. We’ll get to introduce NTA members to Tuskegee, our campus and research centers," said Giles, who expects more than 250 attendees. "Of course, this conference also exposes our student body to the wealth of seasoned professionals with experience across scientific and technical disciplines. It’s a win-win situation."

Keynote speakers includeKaren Butler-Purry of Texas A&M University, Dr. N. Joyce Payne of the National Association of State Universities & Land Grant Colleges, and William Magwood IV of the U.S. Department of Energy.

To receive the discounted room rate of $62 (use code NTA), contact the Tuskegee University Kellogg Conference Center at 1-800-949-6161 . To register for the 2004 National Technical Association conference, visit the NTA Web site by clicking here or call (216) 298-4425 or fax (216) 289-3015 or write National Technical Association Inc., 1761 East 30th St., 100A, Cleveland, OH 44114.

The National Technical Association (NTA), founded in 1925, is the oldest professional organization of its kind for African Americans. It is comprised of scientists, engineers, architects, technologists, educators and technical business entrepreneurs dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technical professional development; recognition of minority women in the scientific and engineering fields; and the motivation of minority youth toward scientific and technical careers
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to confer baccalaureate, master’s, professional and Ph.D. degrees, Tuskegee University offers more than 50 areas of study and 14 graduate programs. National and specialized accreditation and approvals are enjoyed by the University’s programs of study.


Monday, November 8, 2004      

Registration 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

Technical Paper Presentations
    Mathematics     8:30 a.m.
    Technology Session     9:30 a.m.
    Information Science & Systems     10:30 a.m.

    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Technical Career & Opportunity Fair Opens
    with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Workshop: Power Networking & Professional Collaboration
    Instructor: Franne McNeal, President, HREnergy

    GOOD Networking - Networking is more than chatting with a few people when you are about to lose your job. Learn how to both give and get from networking. Make your networking good so that it enhances your career planning. Use the techniques of generating, optimizing, organizing and delivering to leverage your skills.

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Panel: "The Roles of HBCU/MIs in the Sci-Tech Pipeline"
    Moderator: Dr. Eric Sheppard, Dean of Engineering, Hampton University
    Related news release (pdf)

        * Frantz Alcindor, Program Manager, Emerging Minority Business Leaders, National Technology Transfer Center
        * Dr. Rubye J. Byrd, Director, TRIO Programs, Morehouse College
        * Joyce Ward, Intellectual Property Attorney, National Inventors Hall of Fame

    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Past Presidents Council Meeting

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Workshop: Chapter Building - Operations
    Facilitator: Philomena Johnson, National Treasurer

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


        Dr. Karen Butler-Purry P.E., Assistant. Director
        Power System Automation Laboratory
        Texas A & M University

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

    Panel: "The State of Science & Technology in Our Communities"
    Moderator: Hattie Carwell, Operations Manager, US Department of Energy - Oakland

        * Ramon Harris Director, Tech Transfer Project, Executive Leadership Council
        * Robert Henderson , Atlanta Region Director, Minority Business Development Agency (invited)
        * Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Founder, Neighborhood Technology Resource Center

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Auxiliary Meeting

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Technical Paper Presentations
    Engineering     2:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Workshop: Identifying "Intrapreneurship" Opportunities
    Instructor: Franne McNeal, President, HREnergy

    Whether you are an intrapreneur or an entrepreneur, it is critical to know the business! The business of business connects with strategy, products, services, management, employees, clients, customers, stakeholders and the community. Showcase the wealth within yourself and connect to your goals.

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Delegates Meeting

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Presidents' Reception

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Dessert & Discussion: Tuskegee

    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Game Night: Boards, Tournaments, Trivia Contests, etc..

    8:00 p.m. - Until
Tuesday, November 9, 2004      


    7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Continental Breakfast

    8:00 a.m.

    Technical Paper Presentations
    Architecture     8:30 a.m.
    Education     9:30 a.m.
    Computer Science     10:30 a.m.

    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Workshop: Six Sigma Overview for Technical Professionals
    Instructors: Corey Thomas, Lt. Col. William Toliver

    This workshop will provide the participant with a detailed overview of the project approach to continuous improvement using the Six Sigma. Topics covered will include process improvement, six sigma process (DMAIC), six sigma tools and techniques, lean enterprise, and design for six sigma. Cases studies involving the use of Six Sigma in engineering and technical environments showing proven results will be reviewed and presented.

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Technical Career & Opportunity Fair

    9:00 am. - 3:00 p.m.

    Panel: "HBCUs/MIs & BTOs - An Arranged Marriage"
    Moderators: Dr. Linda Hayden, Professor, Computer Science, Elizabeth City State University

        * AMDI - Dr. Andrea W. Lawrence, Chair, Computer Science Department, Spelman College (BTO Affixation: Association of Departments of Computer Science/ Engineering at Minority Institutions)
        * NABP - Dr. Charles McGruder, Chair, Physics and Astronomy Department, Western Kentucky University (BTO Affiliation: National Society of Black Physicists)
        * NOMA - Melvin L. Mitchell FAIA, Professor, Architecture, University of the District of Columbia (BTO Affiliation: National Organization of Minority Architects)
        * NTA - Dr. William Lupton, Chair, Computer Science Department, Morgan State University (BTO Affiliation: National Technical Association)
        * HBCU/MI Student - Jeffrey Taylor, Student, Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University
        * HBCU/MI Advocate - Carlton Blue, Southern Company (invited)

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Workshop: Chapter Building - Programs
    Facilitator: Allan Harris, Northwest Regional Director

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Charles S. Duke Distinguished Lecturer

        Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Director
        Human Resources & Minority Programs
        National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges

    12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Workshop: Business Development Opportunities for HBCU/MI-to-MBE/FBE
    Instructor: Dee Cutter, President, TalCut

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Panel: "The Impact of Recent Developments in Affirmative Action & Diversity on Science and Technology"
    Related news release (pdf)

        * Dr. Myra Gordon, Associate Provost/Diversity, Kansas State University
        * Mr. Ricky Newton, Manager of Civil Rights and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy-Golden Field Office
        * Dr. Levi T. Thompson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, University of Michigan

    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Technical Paper Presentations
    Science     2:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    NTA Business Meeting

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Workshop: Open Networking Forum for Students & Professionals

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Related news release (pdf)

          Dr. Frederick Humphries, Director
          Center for Science & Engineering Policy
          Florida A & M University

    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004      

    Celebration of Nuclear Excellence and Diversity (tickets required)

        Dr. Larry R. Foulke, Chief Scientist
        Space Engineering Activity
        Bechtel Bettis, Inc.
        Past President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS)

        William D. Magwood IV, Director
        Office of Nuclear Energy, Science & Technology
        US Department of Energy


8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

    School Visitation
    (Learn more in 2003 Summer newsletter)

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Historic Tours: Tuskegee University & George Washington Carver Museum

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. 

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