NAMEPA honors ASTRA's Senior Advisor & Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein with Wings to Succeed Award, Celebrating "100 Shades of Diversity"

January 18, 2017

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) honored ASTRA Senior Advisor and Futurist, Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, with the 2016 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award at its 37th Annual National Conference celebrating, ‘100 Shades of Diversity’ at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The award was presented by Mrs. Virginia Womack, Executive Director of NAMEPA to Dr. Lowenstein in recognition of her lifelong commitment to future-focused equity programs that foster the innovation capacity of America.

Mrs. Womack’s remarks spotlighted the alignment of NAMEPA’s mission and outreach strategies to Dr. Lowenstein’s professional career spanning research, policy and practice. She specifically cited Dr. Lowenstein’s support of the annual STEM on the Hill program co-directed by The Alliance of Science, Technology, Research in America’s executive director, Dr. Robert Boege; her expertise in fostering private-public partnerships to empower traditionally-underserved communities; and her dedication to cultivating NetGeneration of Youth as civically-engaged, STEM-enabled Learners and Leaders. The NAMEPA Wings to Succeed award was established to honor individuals or teams who have catalyzed change that helps students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations overcome historic barriers of access to and success in engineering career pathways.

Since its launch in 1979, NAMEPA membership has grown to over 100 historical institutions all devoted to building and sustaining a pipeline of URM students in STEM careers. Many engineers from historically underrepresented populations who are now in senior level executive corporate positions, as well as those who have followed academic pathways that are now educators, deans, provosts and university presidents, can trace the seed of their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to either a Summer Engineering Workshop, the Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, or programs with acronyms like OMED, MITE, CEED, DAPCEP (Detroit), or MESA, (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) programs.

NAMEPA’s proud legacy was highlighted at its 2016 annual conference with tributes to many individuals who laid its foundation, along with recognition of those who currently persist in reaching back into communities to point students to a future STEM career that will improve the quality of life for all. Leading conversations at the 2016 NAMEPA Conference were representatives from NAMEPA’s 100 historical partner institutions who support Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students seeking engineering degrees and STEM careers, including members from...

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institution of Technology
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A & M University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Texas at Austin Virginia Tech

Going forward, NAMEPA will continue to promote the professional development of its members and serve as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent. For more information about the NAMEPA National Conference, visit: For more information about NAMEPA, visit: NAMEPA's mission is to provide quality services, information, and tools for our stakeholders, develop and matriculate a diverse pool of engineers and scientists from K-16, and achieve equity and parity in the nation’s workforce.

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NAMEPA 2016 Wings to Succeed Award.