STEM News ChronicleEditorial Planning Board
We are delighted to be supported by an engaged group of seasoned educators, businesspersons, and technologists who apply their talents, intelligence, professional experience, and knowledge to keep our editorial content relevant within a changing environment.
Guidance for our publications editorial content is provided by an Invited Editorial Planning Board (EPB) representing a variety of industry and education segments. The EPB provides support in identification and recruitment of article contributors and subject matter experts from organizations in education and technical areas of research, and application and deployment of services emerging from engineering and science. Members of the EPB analyze and recommend interesting and timely features for our expanding network of readers and subscribers across the nation and abroad for the exchange of information, interests, and referrals concerning advancements in technology, relative business policy issues, career growth, and innovative STEM programming.
Lawrence P. King
Founder & Editor/Publisher of the SNC, Mableton, GA
Mr. King, held Senior Executive Marketing positions with the Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation (EPIC), the General Electric Company, and Babcock & Wilcox, in a career over thirty-five years as a corporate executive in strategic marketing planning, sales, business development, and market development in both domestic and international environments. Larry has authored and presented technical papers to foreign and domestic audiences on machining applications.Read full bio here
Dr. Irelene Ricks
Policy Consultant, formerly Senior Manager for Programs and Development at National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)
Dr. Ricks has spent the last 25 years alleviating disparities in STEM by building award-winning global diversity and inclusion programs. With extensive experience in Congress and federal agencies, including NASA and USAID, she leverages her background in policy-making, grants management, and international relations to further develop the potential of women and people of color. She has experience in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at Howard University and Johns Hopkins University.
Frank Jenkins has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry with an expertise in marketing, sales, strategic and product development. Jenkins most recent role was Senior Manager/Director Denso Commercial and Heavy-Duty Division in Long Beach, CA.
Dr. Nehemiah James Mabry, P.E.
Structural Engineer, STEM Educator and Entrepreneur based in Raleigh, NC
Dr. Nehemiah James Mabry, P.E. is a Structural Engineer, STEM Educator and Entrepreneur based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His experience includes over 8 years of research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and currently works as a Bridge Design Engineer at Simpson Engineers & Associates.
As a PhD student at NC State University, he founded STEMedia Incorporated in 2012. STEMedia is a media company that provides inspirational and educational creative content for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) community. Since its inception, Dr. Mabry has won national awards, engaged thousands through public speaking and lectures, and partnered with several organizations, businesses and academic institutions in STEM outreach.
Charlotte King, President/Creative Director, Snowden & King Marketing Communications
Ms. King has Masters of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) from Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, with 25+ years in forestry, sustainability, and community engagement; Georgia Conservancy Board; Statewide Forestry Marketing, Georgia Forestry Commission; Project Manager, Legislative Forum Post Katrina; environmental consulting across the U.S. since 1996.
Her Expertise includes, Sustainability & Systems Thinking – Sustainability Environmental Practitioner; 25+ years environmental/forestry experience, policy strategy, and B2B project management. Skilled in managing state-wide and national initiatives in collaboration with decentralized stakeholders, cross functional teams identifying collaborative partners, sponsors, public/private, peer-reviewed & co-author for energy policy research. Global Liaison, United Nations Regional Centre of Excellence (RCE) Leadership Circle.
Public Policy – Environmental Fellow/Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), SNDSI Board Chair, largest urban community in Atlanta’s Beltline (addressing highest levels of foreclosures and policies impacting land banking); lobbied Congress on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation several times related to the Clean Air Bill, food subsidies for emerging countries; peer-reviewed co-author “The Persistence of High Energy Burdens: A Bibliometric Analysis of Vulnerability, Poverty, and Exclusion in the United States,” Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 70, September. Brown, Marilyn A., Anmol Soni, Ameet D. Doshi, and Charlotte King.
Communications and training – instructional design, national communications; B2B marketing communications for 20+ Fortune 500; designed curriculum for the Community Tree Leadership Forum – National Arbor Day Foundation, delivered annually to 100+ community forestry leaders.
Dr. Zelda Gills
Physicist - Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Marietta, GA
Dr. Zelda Gills is a physicist working as a technical project manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. She currently leverages expertise in systems engineering and avionics to conceptualize and mature solutions for mission system modification contracts. Her industry experience includes optics/photonics, telecommunications, electronics, and avionics.
Dr. George L. Wimberly
Director of Professional Development & Diversity Officer - American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Dr. George L. Wimberly is the Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer at the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He leads AERA’s professional development, training, and research capacity building initiatives and activities. Dr. Wimberly develops and manages the AERA dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship programs, provides national exposure to these fellowship opportunities, and works directly with grantees and their institutions. He is also co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation funded program, Advancing Core STEM Research Through Scientific Studies and Capacity Building with Large-Scale Data Resources that is dedicated to the advanced statistical analysis of federally supported data resources.
Through his work in science education policy, Dr. Wimberly collaborates with associations and research societies to enhance diversity in the scientific workforce and in the research issues they pursue. His research focuses on educational transitions among African-American students, mentoring the next generation of scientists, and diversity issues in education. He earned his AB from the College of the Holy Cross and his AM/Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Apurval Bhardwaj, University of Winnipeg
Bhardwaj is a biotechnologist settled in British Columbia and is currently working as a Market and Business Analyst. She has a strong cancer research background and a professional experience of over 6 years in medical and scientific writing, consulting, and business development.
She is passionate about bringing science to the masses and making an impact globally. Her expertise ranges across content strategy and development, medical writing, creating pediatric content for an automated query system, creating medical health/ disease content for online platforms, and comprehending and curating complex clinical and scientific data, statistical analysis plans, figures, and charts into medical and business reports. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, President’s Scholarship for World Leaders, and University of Winnipeg Graduate Students Scholarship. Bhardwaj has volunteered with Let’s Talk Science, Winnipeg and was awarded “Featured Volunteer of the Year – 2019″.
Bhardwaj has Master’s degree, Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy from The University of Winnipeg and Master of Science (MS), Biotechnology from Thapar University, India.
Brian K. Saunders
Founder - Agent Hi5 Marketing, Oakland, CA
Brian received his electrical engineering degree from Purdue University where he also became the National Chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers. He has over 30 years of high-tech marketing and business strategy experience. Brian has participated in STEM initiatives nationwide. His firm, Agent Hi5 Marketing, provides digital marketing solutions to local businesses and non-profits.
Frank Robinson, Jr.
Director of Operations - After School Programs at Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine (STEM2) HUB
Frank Robinson, Jr. is Director of Operations – After School Programs at Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine (STEM2) HUB. As former deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, he assisted the department director with providing reliability, quality assurance and system safety management, and expertise to support Glenn technical divisions, project offices and contracted programs.
Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and received a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering, with a focus on engineering management, from Cleveland State University. He also completed a one-year executive training program.
He has received many awards from NASA including the Exceptional Service Honor Award Medal, the Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, and the Special Achievement Award. In 2009, he was given the Black Engineer of the year Award in Professional Achievement in Government. Robinson also holds the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award, the James C. Jones Humanitarian Award, the USDA Graduate Leadership Academy’s Community Service Award, the Outstanding Young Men of America Award, and the YMCA’s President’s Award for Leadership and Service. He is an inductee into his John F. Kennedy High School’s Gallery of Excellence.
Robinson is active in the community. He is a past president of the National Technical Association and the founding chairperson of the Consortium of African American Organizations in Cleveland, Ohio. Robinson is also a co-founder of the New Approach to Self Achievement Project, which is a career awareness program for inner-city youth focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Ms. Shareefah Mason has innovative ideas for revolutionizing education, focused on teacher diversity, designing culturally-affirming schools and creating ‘UNimpoverished’ first-generation graduates, attaining college degrees without extreme student debt. She’s a knowledgeable voice in education, with extensive personal and professional experiences. She’s an Associate Dean of Educator Certification at Dallas College and lead author of the trailblazing Teach Plus and Center for Black Educator Development collaboration paper, To Be Who We Are: Black Teachers on Creating Culturally Affirming Schools.
Her recent TEDx Talk on diversifying America’s teacher pipeline has ignited the necessary discussion around teacher recruitment and retention efforts. She is the Executive Producer of the internationally award-winning film, From the Block, emphasizing the impact of Black teachers on ALL students. A decorated State of Texas Master Teacher, she has earned numerous local, state and national awards for her work and performance in education. As a governor-appointed member to the State Board for Educator Certification, she provided a tremendous voice in the educator preparation and ethical governing space to increase the quality of educators across the state.
Ms. Mason is an author, writing empowering Op-Eds and books on education and is revered in the professional development space. She is driven by this work because she grew up as an impoverished student, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is well-aware of the undeniable impact a quality education has on our most disenfranchised children. Her goal is to provide access to the most exceptional educational experiences for Black and Brown students across the country!
Clarice Phelps, Oak Ridge National Lab
Mrs. Clarice Phelps is an American nuclear chemist researching the processing of radioactive transuranic elements at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Nuclear and Radiation Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and is currently pursuing a PhD.
She was a part of the team that helped to purify the isotope, Bk-249 that would be used to confirm the discovery of element 117, Tennessine (Ts), on the periodic table and was recognized in 2019 by ORNL and The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as the very first African American woman involved in chemical element discovery. Clarice has lent her technical expertise to the Plutonium 238 (Pu-238) program for NASA in spectrophotometric determination of plutonium (Pu) and neptunium (Np) valence states in aqueous and organic solutions.
Phelps is a violinist, Phelps began her interest in science early, including watching the American educational children’s television program, Beekman’s World. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Tennessee State University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. A US Navy veteran, she maintained the chemistry and radiological controls on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Clarice has taught, as a special instructor, at the Project G.R.A.D. (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) Summer institute for high school students involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) programs. She has served as a guest instructor on the basics of Nuclear Engineering and radiochemistry at Pellissippi State Community College’s Academic Summit and is working towards the development of a radiochemistry technician career pathway there as well.
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