Central State University to Host the 85th Annual NTA National Conference, Sept 18-20

The National Technical Association (NTA) will present its 85 th Annual National Conference, September 18 – 20, 2013, at the Central State University campus, 1400 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce, OH. CSU is located just outside Dayton and the conference will be held in the Center of Education and Natural Sciences (CENS). Hosted by the Cincinnati Chapter, the College of Science & Engineering-CSU and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS)-University of Cincinnati, (UC) this year’s theme is “NTA, Moving STEM Forward .”

Description: Conference logoThe Keynote Speaker is the Honorable Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Harris leads DOE’s efforts to ensure minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in our energy programs.

Wednesday kicks off the conference with registration, workshops such as grant writing, the Central State STEM program, among others, and tours of Central State’s STEM labs. Two days of professional and career development sessions follow with technical presentations and the opportunity fairs.

The Thursday welcome is followed by a panel discussion on “Best Practices in STEM,” staffed by professors from CSU and UC. Following the luncheon, panel topics range from water resources, biomedical to where to find STEM funding. Thursday ends with tours of graduate studies and engineering facilities on the UC campus.

Description: UC LogoThe Youth Symposium is on Friday. Undergrad and Graduate students nationally will present their research and projects. Panel topics include biomedical, using renewable energy as a community and/or Nonprofits Toolkit/Fundraiser, keeping parents involved in STEM, etc. The panel presenting businesses created from STEM will include a discussion on the CSU National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator, which assists start-up firms and entrepreneurs to take their new ideas and technologies to market.

The Awards Banquet officially ends the conference Friday evening. Outstanding minority educators, engineers and scientists will be recognized for their technical achievements. Anyone can submit a nomination through an NTA chapter or regional director.

We invite all to participate in our conference, “NTA Moving STEM Forward. While at CSU, detour to the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center. For more information, access www.ntaonline.org , 202-575-4NTA or NTA_Cincinnati@yahoo.com .

Edwina M. Harris

Office of University Public Relations


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