Friday, November 18, 2011

BDPA Member Juan Gilbert Wins Presidential Mentoring Awards

BDPA prides itself on creating programs and opportunities that advance the careers of African Americans in the information technology from the classroom to the boardroom. It is nice to see that career life-cycle in action.

One example is Dr. Juan Gilbert.

I met Juan when he was working on his advanced computer science degree at the University of Cincinnati over a decade ago. He showed up at one of our chapter's program meetings and asked questions. He became a member ... later going on to help us get a college chapter going at Miami (OH) University. He stayed connected with BDPA as his academic career moved from Auburn University to Clemson University.

Juan served as the academic chair for the BDPA IT Institute for a number of years.  BDPA recognized Juan with its highest honor for technical genius ... the 2008 Epsilon Award. As such, we are not surprised that President Barack Obama awarded Juan with the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Through their commitment to education and innovation, these individuals and organizations are playing a crucial role in the development of our 21st century workforce,” President Obama said. “Our Nation owes them a debt of gratitude for helping ensure that America remains the global leader in science and engineering for years to come.”
This award goes to individuals who realize the important role mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering -- particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.

Juan will travel to the White House to receive this award later this year.
Juan wrote, "BDPA played an instrumental role in my development when I was at the University of Cincinnati in graduate school. Thank you BDPA!"
Share some 'BDPA-Love' with Juan!

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