Schedule for Nashville 2014

Friday March 28, 2014

ALL EVENTS 9am-5:30pm in Room- CANAL B 


9:00 am – 9:30 am
Welcome Session
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Session 1(FD): Tenure: Tell me how to get it!

Fred Higgs
Carnegie Mellon University

Samuel Graham
Georgia Institute of Technology

11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Session 2(FD): Thriving as an “Only One” in Academia – (Working Lunch)

Monica Cox
Purdue University

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Session 3(FD): The Business of Research: Securing External Funding

Bevlee Watford
Virginia Tech and National Science Foundation

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Keynote Talk on Networking (All)

Bill Massey

Princeton University

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Engineering Dean’s Forum
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 pm -10:00 pm
Networking and Social Event


Saturday March 29, 2014

ALL EVENTS 9am-11am Room – DELTA ISLAND C (tentatively)


9:00 am – 10:00 am
ARL Network Steering Committee Meeting (OPEN)
10:00 am – 11:00 am
ARL Network Steering Committee Meeting (CLOSED)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Poster Setup
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ARLS Research Poster Session


FD = faculty development


Monica F. Cox, Ph.D.

Monica F. Cox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and is the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Minor at Purdue University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the International Institute for Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). She obtained a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College, a M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her teaching interests relate to the professional development of graduate engineering students and to leadership, policy, and change in STEM education. Primary research projects explore the preparation of graduate students for diverse careers and the development of reliable and valid engineering education assessment tools. She is a NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient.

Samuel Graham, Ph.D.

Samuel Graham, Jr. is a Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and a Joint Appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Florida State University (1993) and his M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1999-2003, Dr. Graham was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.  At Georgia Tech, he leads a group performing research on thermal transport, packaging and reliability in GaN and organic electronics.  He is the winner of the NSF CAREER Award (2005-2010), selected to participate in the 2014-2016 Defense Science Study Group, and has been selected to participate in two the N.A.E. Frontiers of Engineering Symposia (2007, 2011).  He also serves as the chair of the ASME K-16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment.  Finally, he has participated as an invited speaker and organizer in a number of international conferences including American Vacuum Society (Long Beach, CA, 2013), Society for Information Display (Canada, 2013), International Reliability Physics Symposium (Monterey, CA,  2013), International Solid State Lighting Forum  (2013, Turkey), Solid State Lighting Systems (2013, China), SPIE (San Diego, 2011).

C. Fred Higgs, III, Ph.D.

Professor Higgs conducts particulate flow modeling and experimental research that utilizes the basic principles of tribology, fluid and rheological mechanics. His Particulate Flow & Tribology Laboratory studies three different flows found in sliding contact interfaces: Slurry flows, Powder flows, and Granular flows.These three dynamic flows involve nanometer, micrometer, and millimeter size particles flowing in a fluid medium. In the field known as Tribology- the study of friction, lubrication, and wear- these flows have each been studied for their ability to act as lubricants between mating surfaces, or as “reverse-lubricants”, as is the case with slurries in integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing. Overall, the Particulate Flow & Tribology Laboratory will research and develop innovative mechanical and electrical technologies that are processed or protected by particulate flows.Recently, he became a professor in the Sloan Ph.D. Program, which seeks to increase the number of minorities that earn doctorates in engineering and science. He also joined the Institute for Complex Engineering Systems at Carnegie Mellon.

Bevlee Watford, Ph.D.

Dr. Bevlee A. Watford, P.E. is the program manager for broadening participation in the engineering education and centers division of the National Science Foundation as well as a Professor of Engineering Education, former associate dean for academic affairs and the Founding Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. From 2005-07, she was on leave from Virginia Tech, serving as a program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education for the National Science Foundation. She served as the interim department head of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech from 2010-11. Watford is a 2010 Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). CEED was awarded the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In 2011 CEED received the NSBE-Exxonmobil Impact award for implementing successful research based efforts to improve retention. Watford is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl Website Committee. She also served as the 2006-08 Program Chair for the ASEE Women in Engineering Division and as Chair for 2008-10. She was also the ASEE Chair of Professional Interest Council (PIC) IV for 2010-12 as well as Chair of the ASEE Diversity Committee.

William A. Massey, Ph.D.

Dr. Massey is the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is both an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He has over 60 journal publications related to queueing theory and stochastic networks. He was born in Jefferson City, MO and raised in St. Louis, MO where he attended University City Senior High School. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude with an AB degree in mathematics from Princeton University. While being inducted into the Sigma Xi and the Phi Beta Kappa societies, he was also awarded the prestigious Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship for under-represented minorities. This program paid for his PhD in mathematics from Stanford University. Starting in 1981, he spent the next twenty years working as a member of technical staff in the Mathematical Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001. Massey has won many awards for his work in mentoring the next generation of Black mathematicians. They include the W. L. Hawkins Mentoring Excellence Award from Bell Labs, the Martin Luther King Journey Award from Princeton University, and the Blackwell-Tapia Prize in recognition of both his research achievements in mathematics and mentoring. He is a founder and regular organizer of the annual Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS, see for more details). He is also the founder of a Princeton minority STEM graduate student organization, the Wesley L. Harris Scientific Society (WLHSS).


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