On the Move, May 2014

Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. (MA B ’84), has been named as the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) beginning June 2. Currently, Dr. Reid is senior vice president of research, innovation and member college engagement at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science & engineering from MIT, and his doctorate of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“It is my hope that NSBE becomes more impactful globally during my tenure,” Dr. Reid said. “I want to work with partners to dramatically increase the number of young people who are excited about and prepared for successful careers in engineering and science. This is our mandate and it is as vital and relevant today as it was when it was envisioned by our founders in 1975.” Read the news announcement


The University of St. Thomas (MN) recently appointed Richard G. Plumb, Ph.D. (NY B ’82), to become executive vice president and provost effective July 15. Since 2005, Dr. Plumb has been the dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University (CA). Plumb is eager to “apply the skills that he learned as an electrical engineering professor and researcher for 18 years…” beginning at the University of Syracuse where he earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering.

“As a dean, you primarily work on issues that impact your school or college,” Dr. Plumb said. “As provost, you get to take it up a notch and work with the entire community on major issues that impact the entire university. That will be rewarding.” Click here for more biographical information and the news article


Current professor and department head of electrical & computer engineering at Drexel University, Moshe Kam, Ph.D., P.E. (PA Z ’77), will be the next Dean of the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Dr. Kam will start his position on September 1, 2014. He is a former President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), technical coordinator of the US Department of Defense funded project ACIN, and received degrees from Tel Aviv University (B.Sc.) and Drexel University (M.S. & Ph.D).

Read the NJIT press release for more details, including information on Dr. Kam’s “research interests (which) include detection and estimation; data, decision and sensor fusion; robotics and navigation; and engineering education.”


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