Prominent Alumni

Leading Graduates Produced by the Tennessee State University College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science

The TSU College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science have produced many renowned graduates over its 60+ years of existence.  The TSU Engineering Alumni Association is proud to recognize the accomplishments, and relate the stories, of just a few our diverse and far-reaching fellow alumni, to show how our mutual Tennessee State University College of Engineering education helped lay the foundation for their professional successes.

 Ms. Tifinie Adams (TSU BSAE ’04)

TifinieAdams.pngAfter graduating from Tennessee State, Ms. Adams obtained her masters degree in Urban Planning with a Concentration in Community Development from The University of Louisville. Tifinie spent two years working in Oldham County, Kentucky as a Planning Technician and is now working with the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Department as a Community Planner. Ms. Adams has lead several community planning efforts in an around the Nashville Metropolitan area, helping community stakeholders plan for sustainable growth, development, and preservation.

Omar Al-Khatib (TSU BSCE 1999)

OmarAl-Khatib.pngAfter graduating from TSU, Dr. Al-Khatib obtained his M.S. in 2001 and a Ph.D. in 2006, both from Tennessee Technological University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University and has his own engineering business.


Ms. Annette Barnes (TSU BSAE ’00)

AnnetteBarnes.pngShe continued her education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute receiving a master of architecture degree in 2003. Ms Barnes is a Registered Architect, and a LEED AP. She is currently employed with Envision Architects in Albany, NY and is project architect for construction administration.  She was recently the recipient of the Excellence in historic Preservation Award 2010.

Mr. Daniel Brock (TSU BS Aviation Flight ’07)

DanielBrock.pngMr. Brock went on to pursue his master’s degree from Purdue University in 2009 in human factors engineering.  Now, an employee with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Brock holds the office of human factors engineer & system safety analyst.

Mr. Joseph Cleveland (TSU BSEE ’68)

JosephCleveland.pngMr. Cleveland is a retired chief information officer (CIO) for Lockheed Martin Corporation, and president of Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems. As CIO for the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mr. Cleveland was responsible for formulating the Corporation’s information technology (IT) vision and strategy, consolidating IT resources, implementing e-commerce initiatives, leveraging economies of scale, and supporting Lockheed Martin businesses.

Mr. Dave Collins (TSU BSAE ’08)

DaveCollins.pngMr. Collins earned his master of science in Structural Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Mr. Collins also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University in 2005.


Mr. Wimer Cooksey (TSU BSEE ’65)

WimerCooksey.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Cooksey earned a M.S. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toledo in 1972 and pursued doctorate work in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University.  Mr. Cooksey was named plant manager of the world’s only Corvette plant in February of 1993.  Mr. Cooksey received the 1997 Black Engineer of the Year President's Award, has been honored as an Outstanding Graduate of Tennessee State University, and was named a "Black Achiever in Industry" by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He retired from GM in 2009 and received the Lifetime Service Award from the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The award recognizes Mr. Cooksey’s “longtime dedication to education for African Americans.”  Before becoming a General Motors executive, Mr. Cooksey was a professor of industrial engineering at what is now Kettering University.  He continues to serve on the board of the Tennessee State University Foundation.

Ms. LaShawna Criswell (TSU BSAE ’03)

LaShawnaCriswell.pngMs. Criswell is a field engineer at M.A. Mortenson Co (Minneapolis, MN), and in presently working toward her career goal of becoming a senior project or construction manager, managing multi-million projects for her company.

Ms. Erika L. Davis (TSU BSAE ’02)

ErikaDavis.pngMrs. Davis is a professional engineer in AL. She is a first Black Woman professional series civil engineer with US Forest Service at Land Between The Lakes NRA (2002), National Forests in Alabama (2006). She worked one year in National Forests in North Carolina designing and administering construction contracts for 2004 Hurricane Ivan recovery (2005), passed PE on first attempt (2007), is a first Black Woman to hold position of Engineer Program Manager within Southern Region of US Forest Service (2009). Ms. Davis is a co-author of ASABE technical paper "Efficacy of Buffer Zones in Disconnecting Roads and Streams in the Coastal Plain" (2010).

Ms. Rayvelyn K. DeJarnett (TSU BSEE summa cum laude ’02)  

RayvelynDeJarnett.pngUpon graduation from TSU Ms. DeJarnett decided that she wanted to obtain an advanced technical degree.  With the support of the General Motors Foundation and The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering & Science (GEM), Ms. DeJarnett was selected as one of six students in the Nation to be a 2003 General Motors GEM sponsored graduate fellow.  She chose to pursue her graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY.  In December 2004, Ms. DeJarnett completed the requirements for a M.S. degree in decision science & engineering systems.  Upon completion of her degree, she was extended and accepted an offer of employment from General Motors Corporation.  Since the start of her career Rayvelyn has also been actively involved in the community as a US-FIRST Robotics Team Mentor, Campbell Academic Services ACT/SAT Preparation Instructor, and is a member of the Executive Board for the nonprofit organization ’The Next Four Years.’  Additionally, she was honored as the recipient of the Women of Color 2006 Rising Star in Technology.  Ms. DeJarnett is a design engineer for General Motors Corporation in Warren, MI.  Ms. DeJarnett began her career with General Motors as an intern engineer in May 2000 while a student Tennessee State University.

Mr. Jerome D. Dempsey (TSU BSCE ’92)

JeromeDempsey.pngMr. Dempsey completed his M.S. degree in civil engineering (public works major) in 1996 at the University of Tennessee.  He is a registered engineer in Tennessee, certified environmental specialist, certified environmental inspector and certified asbestos inspector.  Mr. Dempsey is president of Dempsey, Dilling and Associates, P.C. Engineering Consultants in Smyrna, TN.

Ms. Georgia Dumas-Whiting (TSU BSME ’82)

GeorgiaDumasWhiting.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Ms. Dumas-Whiting earned her MBA (Finance Concentration) from Clark Atlanta University 2001.  Presently, Ms. Dumas-Whiting is manager of human resources information systems (HRIS) Operations Support, manager of strategic planning and analysis supporting Human Resource Division at FedEx Express in Memphis, TN.

Mr. Gerry Dupree (TSU BS Aeronautical Technology ’82)

GerryDupree.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Dupree continued his educational track at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned an MBA.  A career U.S. Navy officer and aviator, Commander Dupree  retired from the reserves after 20 years in the US Navy with the rank of commander [CDR 05].  He serves an aviator for FedEx Express, the leading cargo company in the world, where he pilots MD-11 aircraft to over 210 countries.

Dr. Cedric Fairbanks (TSU BSCE ’99)

CedricFairbanks.pngDr. Fairbanks earned a M.S. in 2004 and a Ph.D. in 2006, both in civil engineering, from Clemson University.  He is a geotechnical engineer and is currently a project engineer in Schnable Engineering, SC.

Dr. Kevin D. Fairbanks (TSU BSEE summa cum laude, ’05)

KevinFairbanks.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Fairbanks  received a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007, and then formally received his doctoral degree in  2010, alsoat the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include digital forensics, computer security, network security, security visualization, reverse engineering, and malware analysis.

Mr. Paul Finley (TSU BS Computer Science magna cum laude, ’96)

PaulFinley.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Finley obtained his M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.  Mr. Finley leads the Network Installation Manager (NIM) Team in IBM Corporation's AIX Software Development Organization, responsible for the success of IBM's network installation solution.  He recently accomplished a large-scale programming project that involves increasing the security of the network traffic that passes between an NIM client and the NIM server.  Mr. Finley worked at IBM as a co-op, a research intern, and a software developer, before joining the company in 1999.  He has been a team leader since 2001.

Mr. Charles K. Flack (TSU BSEE ’84)

CharlesFlack.pngImmediately after graduation from TSU, Mr. Flack began his professional career with IBM in 1984 and subsequently earned a M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in 1987.  Mr. Flack presently is a service manager in the integrated communications service delivery practice in IBM Global Services in Atlanta, GA.  Mr. Flack is the former president of the TSU Engineering Alumni Association and founder of the TSU CoETCS Alumni Endowment.

Ms. Bridget Hall (TSU BSAE ’05)

BridgetHall.pngIn 2009 Ms. Hall earned her masters of architecture from the University of Cincinnati where she coauthored This is Uptown: Speculations on Mythological Urbanism with the Neioff Urban studio in 2008.  In her professional career thus far, Ms. Hall has aided in the development of many projects ranging from renovations of small scale buildings to the design of multi-million dollar buildings, complexes and master plans and has recently obtained certification as a LEED Green Associate. She is currently overseeing the construction of the first phase of The Banks in Cincinnati, Ohio with Moody-Nolan Inc which includes over 80,000 square feet of retail and 300 luxury apartments and is the largest urban development underway in the country. 

Mr. Don Hardin (TSU BSAE ’90)

DonHardin.pngMr. Hardin is licensed as a general contractor in the state of Tennessee, and PMP certified.  In 2001, Mr. Hardin founded The Don Hardin Group, and presently presides as president & chief executive officer.  The Don Hardin Group is a construction consulting and project management firm, which specializes in owner’s agent services, located in Nashville, TN

Dr. S. Keith Hargrove (TSU BSME ’86)

SKeithHargrove.pngDr. Hargrove is the current Dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University (TSU).  He served as Chairperson of the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Information Engineering in the Clarence Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  After graduation from TSU, Dr. Hargrove received his  M.S. from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO. as a GEM Fellow, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa as a CIC Fellow.  Dr. Hargrove was a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow in 2008 and a Harvard University Fellow for 2005-2006 with the Division of Engineering & Applied Sciences.  He served as assistant to the dean and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University, and has worked for General Electric, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, NIST, Oak Ridge Laboratories, and General Motors. Dr. Hargrove has conducted research projects with Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing, NASA, and the US Army in systems engineering, design, and manufacturing.  He is an associate member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, ASEE, and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. His current research interests are in virtual and augmented reality, advanced manufacturing systems, systems engineering and management, and minority engineering education.

Mr. Thomas F. Holloway, Jr. (TSU BSEE ‘66)

ThomasHollowayJr.pngAfter acquiring his undergraduate degree, Mr. Holloway immediately went to work as a design engineer for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida in its electronics and space division. Mr. Holloway earned an M.B.A. degree with an emphasis in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1982. He was responsible for several crucial designs of components used on the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) as part of project Apollo, man's first moon lander in 1969.  After 34+ years of employment, Mr. Holloway retired from Lockheed Martin Fire Control Systems in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Michael (Mike) G. Holmes


After graduation from TSU, Mr. Holmes earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1974.  In addition, he completed an Executive Development Management Program at the Johnson School of Business, Cornell University.  Mr. Holmes is the Vice President of Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) Global Services Technologies & Tools.

Mr. Frank Hornbuckle (TSU BSEE ’64)

FrankHornbuckle.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Hornbuckle earned  an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. Mr. Hornbuckle is the Chief Operating Officer for Swales Aerospace with over 30 years experience in the government and commercial spacecraft business.  Prior to joining Swales, Mr. Hornbuckle was employed by CTA Space Systems in Beltsville, Fairchild Space Company in Germantown, Md., and at RCA ASTRO in East Windsor, N.J.

Ms. Debbi Howard (TSU BSCE ’94)

DebbiHoward.pngA former Dwight Eisenhower Scholar and Tennessee Road Builders Scholar, in 1998 Ms. Howard earned a M.S. degree in civil engineering (Engineering Management specialty) from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Presently, Ms. Howard is a Roadway Specialist & Structural Engineer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Mr. Clinton S. Jackson, Jr. (TSU BSME ’69)

ClintonJackson.pngA former project engineering manager (EPC Projects) for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors / Rust Engineers & Constructors Division, Mr. Jackson has been semi-retired since 1997 and currently works temporary contract assignments as a SR Piping Engineer, Sr. Piping Designer, or as a Project Manager.

Dr. Hinton Jones (TSU BSAE ’67)

HintonJones.pngDr. Hinton completed his master’s of architecture degree at Howard University is 1970, and his doctorate in architecture at The University of Michigan in 1987.  Dr. Jones was a licensed and registered architect in Tennessee, and was LEEDs certified.  Prior to his death in 2013, Dr. Hinton served as department head and associate professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering and Facilities Engineering at TSU.

Ms. Jean Hopper King (TSU BSAE ’83)

JeanHopperKing.pngMs. King has worked in the architecture field as well as the construction side of the industry for many years.  She served under US Commerce’s Department as a construction consultant. The past sixteen years Ms. King has been self employed as a residential and commercial real estate licensed appraiser. Before receiving an engineering degree from TSU, Ms. King also received a Bachelor of Science degree in clothing & textile in 1974 and a teacher’s certification in 1975 from Tennessee State University.

Mr. Tyrone Lewis (TSU BSAE ’82)

TyroneLewis.pngMr. Lewis is a certified architect in Tennessee, and he is employed as an interior space planner with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), based in Memphis, TN, with responsibility for all IRS sites across the US.   Mr. Lewis is also employed in the architectural firm Architectural, Inc. based in Memphis, TN.

Mr. Harrison Lockhart (TSU BSAE ’99)

HarrisonLockhart.pngMr. Lockhart passed Professional Engineer exam and obtained his Professional License in State of Tennessee in June 2010. Currently he is working as an engineer in Government Agency in the Bahamas and has owned business in the Bahamas and applied for Business License in Tennessee.

Mr. Roosevelt Luster, III (TSU BSEE ’97)

RooseveltLusterIII.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Luster earned an M.B.A. in finance from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003.  Mr. Luster is superintendent of maintenance for progress Energy’s Plant Weatherspoon.  He  manages a $3.6M budget and supplies support to keep 328-MWs available with a department of 16 employees.

Ms. Rhonda Y. Lyons (TSU BS Aeronautics)

RhondaLyons.pngPrior to graduation from TSU Ms. Lyons served a pilot and licensed A & P mechanic in the military, and after graduation from TSU she obtained her master’s studies with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, focusing on Safety Systems & Human Factors.  Currently Ms. Lyons is an engineering Ph.D. candidate at Florida Institute of Technology focusing in Human Centered Design in Safety Critical Systems.  In 2010 The Black Engineer of the Year organization recognized Ms. Lyons as a Minority in Research Science Trailblazer.  Ms. Lyons now holds the position of experimental flight test operations manager, within the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, responsible for the management of multi-disciplined cross functional teams associated with conducting worldwide experimental testing, instrumentation, modification & certification on all Boeing commercial model aircraft throughout the product lifecycle.

Mr. Jerel McCants (TSU BSAE ’94)

JerelMcCants.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. McCants  earned his master of architecture from University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida in 2001. Mr. McCants is a president of Jerel McCants Architecture, Inc., has 13 years of experience in the Architecture and Construction field as a Project Manager, Project Coordinator and Designer. Mr. McCants has experience in state government agencies, universities, cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Atlanta, commercial, residential, educational, municipal, community and multi-family projects. Mr. McCants experience in the construction field added an understanding of construction budget, field conditions and project detailing. Mr. McCants is featured in 83 Degrees, online magazine article:; featured in "24 Hours," Next American City, spring issue magazine article and featured in "Sunshine Yellow Going Green", Positive Impact, magazine article.  Mr. McCants also serves on the board of the American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter.

Ms. R. Renée McCleary (TSU BS Computer Science, ’88)

RReneeMcCleary.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Ms. McCleary earned her M.S. degree in computer science from Howard University in 1990.  Ms. McCleary has over 22 years experience in the communications industry and is currently a project manager with the AMERICAS Network Services Project & Demand Management Group of Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Services Information Technologies Organization. She is currently supporting the Alcatel-Lucent Account.  

Mr. Fredrick L. McKissack (TSU BSAE ’64)

FredrickMcKissack.pngMr. McKissack worked first as a civil engineer for the city of St. Louis and the U.S. Army, and later owned his own general contracting company in St. Louis.  Prior to his death in 2013, Mr. McKissack devoted his time to the family business, All-Writing Services.  Since the 1980's, he and his wife Patricia (also a TSU Graduate, ’64) wrote over a hundred books together.  Most of their titles were biographies and African American histories. Mr. McKissack wasthe researcher of the duo and left the writing to his wife; then, they worked together to refine the manuscript. His collaboration with Patricia MicKissack led to the publication of several award-winning titles, including their 2003 Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Days of Jubilee.  Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman; Jesse Jackson: a Biography; and Frederick Douglas: The Black Lion were just a few of their book titles.

General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (TSU BS Aviation, ’66)

LloydNewton.pngMr. Newton is a retired United States Air Force four star general who served as Commander, Air Education and Training Command (COMAETC) from 1997 to 2000. General Newton was also the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.  Prior to graduating from TSU, Mr. Newton was commissioned as a distinguished graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. Captain Newton was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, in November 1974.  During his distinguished military career General Newton held several positions including narrator, slot pilot and right wingman. General Newton was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, C-12 and F-117 stealth fighter.

Mr. Andre’ Peek (TSU BSEE ’79)

andrepeek.jpgMr. Andre’ Peek (TSU BSEE ’79).  Mr. Peek is a director in the Media & Entertainment Industry division in IBM Global Technology Services.  Mr. Peek leads U.S. sales and business development for IT services within IBM's media industry vertical, and he is in his 30th year with IBM.

Ms. Kenyona Pierre(TSU BSAE ’07)

KenyonaPierre.pngMs. Pierre  is currently pursuing a master of science in degree in civil engineering (transportation engineering) at the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa.

Mr. William A. Radford (TSU BSAE ’04)

WilliamRadford.pngWhile at TSU Mr. Radford became an Officer Candidate of the US NAVY Civil Engineering Corps and was honorably discharged with the national defense service medal after approximately 4 years of service. Mr. Radford went on to operate an independent design-build consulting service for single and multi-family home developers. Currently, he serves as Architectural Design Manager for Lend Lease Americas, providing management for the first-ever privatization of hotels on U.S. Army posts, Privatized Army Lodging – a $450 million dollar transaction, noted as Project Finance's 2009 "North American Real Estate Deal of the Year".

Mr. Breun Reed (TSU BS Computer Science ’04)

BreunReed.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Reed joined IBM, where he has worked for 7 years within IBM Rational. A software quality professional, Mr. Reed has learned testing from the ground up. His experiences in Rational included supporting functional and system level testing for IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational ClearCase Multisite, and third-party integration testing during the McKinley SR4, SR5, Baltic 7.0, and Baltic 7.0.1 releases. Currently a software quality engineer at IBM Rational Software, Mr. Reed works on the Rational System Verification Test Desktop Integrations team as a focal point (lead) on the Software Development Governance GreenThread effort. He continues to develop tests scenarios and serves as a source of information and advice for those new to Rational solutions.

Mrs. Isabelle Revell-Ford (TSU BSCE ’82 and TSU ME Environmental Engineering)

IsabelleRevellFord.pngMrs. Ford is presently the zoning administrator manager for the city of Mount Juliet, TN.


Dr. Decatur Rogers (TSU BSME ’65)

DecaturRogers.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Dr. Rogers received two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University in mechanical engineering and engineering management and in 1975 earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (Thermal Systems Concentration) also from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Rogers began his academic career as an assistant professor and Director of University Planning for Tennessee State University, ultimately serving as dean of the TSU College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science from July 1, 1988 to December 31, 2007.  Dr. Rogers presently is special advisor to the president at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, FL.

Mr. Jesse E. Russell Jr. (TSU BSEE ’72)

JesseRussell.pngAs a top honor student in the School of Engineering, Mr. Russell became the first African American to be hired directly from a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by AT&T Bell Laboratories and subsequently became the first African-American in the United States to be selected as the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year in 1980. Mr. Russell continued his academic pursuits and obtained his MSEE degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1973.  Mr. Russell has earned and is associated with over 100 patents granted or in process, provided thirty   years of experience in research and development at prominent institutions, and pioneered technologies such as the invention of the first digital cellular base station and fiber optic microcell utilizing high power linear amplifier technology and digital modulation techniques.  This laid the foundation for the digital cellular evolution, digital cellular standards, personal communications networks as well as the emergence of “Mobile Cloud Computing” within 4G broadband wireless networks.

Mr. Reginald Shariff (TSU BS Computer Science ’00)

ReginaldShariff.pngAs the youngest African American male in Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Business Development, Mr. Shariff consistently delivers results by bringing new business and innovative solutions to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, GA.  Due to his efforts, Mr. Shariff has assisted in the capture of $1 billion worth of business, contributing to the biggest backlog in the history of the C-130J program.  Currently, he serves as the domestic and international deputy/integrator, responsible for serving the United States Armed Forces & Africa Region.  Mr. Shariff is a graduate of the Business Leadership Development Program,   Engineering Leadership Development Program, and is currently in the EDGE Program.

Dr. Marcus W. Shute, PE (TSU BSME magna cum laude ’84)

MarcusShute.pngMr. Shute is the first student to graduate from the Tennessee State University College of Engineering with a 4.00 out of 4.00 cumulative grade point average.  After graduation from TSU, Mr. Shute earned an M.S in materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and he also holds the  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Dr. Shute held the position of VP of Research and Sponsored Programs at TSU from 2002 to 2008, and now works as VP of Research and Sponsored Programs at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.

Ms. Astrid Spivey (TSU BSEE ’04)

AstridSpivey.pngMs Spivey is distribution engineer at Southern Company (Atlanta, GA), where she works daily with commercial and residential developers.  She is responsible for designing the most cost-efficient power system for her customers.

Mr. Daryl A. Starks (TSU BSAE ’08)

DarylStarks.pngMr. Starks is presently employed as a project engineer for MBA Structural Engineers, Inc. in Birmingham AL. Mr. Starks is also involved with the ACE Mentorship Program of Birmingham, serving as mentor coordinator, and is a professional member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE).

Mr. Samuel Truesdale (TSU BSME ’01)

SamuelTruesdale.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Mr. Truesdale earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering with a thesis option in 2004 from Purdue University.  Mr. Truesdale is currently the manager of Engineering Employee Development and the Engineering Education Council Chair for the Rolls-Royce Corporation.  He also serves as on the American Society for Engineering Education: Diversity Council; the College and Industry Partnership (CIP) program chair and chair elect; management team member for the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration; the National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform; and on the Corporate Members Council Board of Directors.  Mr. Truesdale is a member of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) National Steering Committee, the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) National Advisory Board, the Purdue University Engineering Education Advisory Council, the Purdue University President’s Executive Roundtable and an advisor to both Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University Business and Industry Advisory Clusters.  Mr. Truesdale was also honored by receiving “The 2005 Black Engineer of The Year Awards Modern Day Technology Leader / GEM Student Leadership Award” and was distinguished by Ebony Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Under 30: Young Leaders for the Year 2006.

Mr. Tony L. Wells (TSU BS Computer Science ’93)

TonyWells.pngMr. Wells worked as a summer intern all four summers while at TSU at Bellcore (Bell Communications Research) in Piscataway, NJ.  . In 1993 Mr. Wells was selected by The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering & Science (GEM) to attend graduate school at Howard University.  In 1995 Mr. Wells received his M.S. in Computer Science from Howard University.  Mr. Wells worked as a Systems Engineer since 1995 with Raytheon and various federal contractors.  Mr. Wells is presently employed by Northrop Grumman, Information Systems Sector working as a project manager in Washington, D.C.  and holds a Top Secret DoD clearance.

Mr. James Williams, PE (TSU BSCE ’89 and ME Civil ’98)

JamesWilliams.pngMr. Williams is president and owner of POA&M Structural Engineering, PLC, and Newport News, VA, which specializes in civil and structural engineering work.



Dr. Shimere Williams (TSU BSCE ’02)

ShimereWilliams.pngAfter graduation from TSU, Dr. Williamsearned her Ph.D. degree in neuro-pharmacology from Meharry Medical College. Her doctoral research focused on the role of the dopaminergic-signaling pathway underlying the maintenance phase of long-term potentiation (long-term memory). Dr. Williams serves on the professional staff for the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, where she works on ocean, weather, environmental, energy, and technology issues. Prior to joining the Committee, Dr Williams’ path to a career in policy began with a dynamic experience at the National Academy of Sciences, where she completed a graduate science and technology policy fellowship with the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research in the Division on Earth and Life Studies.  Dr. Williams continued her successes  with the Board on Children, Youth and Families in the Institute of Medicine and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.