An electrical engineering senior who arrived from Pakistan in 2008 barely able to speak English has won the first Texas A&M Foundation Trustees’ Outstanding Student Award. Shahrum Iqbal, who graduates this month and will take an operational engineering job in Houston, was picked “because we admire his demonstration of leadership, his dedication to academics and his inspirational story,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Kardys.
Despite a full course load in electrical engineering, Iqbal made time for service, student organizations, intramural baseball and rugby, according to a press release from the Look College of Engineering. He joined the Corps of Cadets, eventually earning the title of deputy corps commander and responsibility for 2,200 cadets. Involvement in learning communities such as Aggie Access and Cultural Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores (CLUES) gave him the opportunity to help fellow under-represented students assimilate during their own transitions.
Sharnika Glasby’s childhood in troubled Southeast Washington D.C. included custody battles and a mother on drugs. But that didn’t stop her from reaching the honor roll and becoming active in the Model United Nations, choir, volleyball, and track. One of those students who “squeezed every moment out of high school,” in the words of a local radio correspondent, Glasby was headed for graduation at the top of her class and planned to pursue engineering at Penn State. Then life handed her one more challenge. She calls it “the incident.”
The 2013 WEPAN National Conference and joint ASEE WIED Symposium will take place in Atlanta from June 19-22, 2013. This conference will focus on a robust body of research on gender and traditionally under-represented minority groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) underpins and ties together many initiatives to advance the prominence of women engineering faculty, students and the workforce. Learn more.
In a new initiative, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) is working with partner institutions in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and California to propel more minority K-12 students toward careers in engineering.
NACME President Irving McPhail says promising middle school students will be helped in moving to pre-engineering courses in high school. Upon graduation, they could attend a community college that has a transfer agreement with one of NACME’s partner universities. If successful at the community college, these students could go on to earn an engineering degree from a four-year school.