Norman Fortenberry has dedicated his career to advancing education and promoting diversity in engineering. He is executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a nonprofit that aims to promote and increase access to education in engineering. Prior to his role at ASEE, he was founding director of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education. He also held various administrative roles at the National Science Foundation and was executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science. Fortenberry earned his SM and ScD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kelly M. Mack champions expanding participation in higher education STEM fields. At the Association of American Colleges and Universities, she serves as vice president of undergraduate STEM education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, an initiative that aims to train and educate STEM undergraduate students and foster quality, diversity and social responsibility. She was also senior program director for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program and a professor of biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mack earned a PhD in physiology from Howard University.
Stephanie G. Adams is the dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include faculty and graduate student development, international collaborations, team effectiveness and quality control. She is a leader in the advancement and inclusion of all in STEM education. Adams is the past president of the American Society of Engineering Education, and she has received the 2017 WEPAN Founder’s Award and the 2016 ASEE Bernard R. Sarchet Lifetime Achievement Award, among other accolades. In 2003, she received the CAREER award from the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation, and in 2005, she was selected as an AAAS/NSF Science and Engineering Policy Fellow.
Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and founding director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jackson’s research focuses on organizational disparities, and he has authored or edited six books. He has served as the founding executive director of the Center for African American Research and Policy and the co-founder of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education.
An associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah, Jordan Gerton also serves as the director of Utah’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the director of the Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative. Now in his 17th year in Salt Lake City, Gerton runs an experimental optics research group that develops ultra high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy techniques. He also works to reform individual courses in science education, develop instructional support programs and build interdisciplinary science education research clusters. Gerton earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Rice University.
A professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Sylvia Hurtado has been a keynote speaker on education at conferences around the world. Focused on intergroup relations, communicating across differences and the fundamentals of U.S. higher education, Hurtado studies campus climate, organizational change and STEM workforce diversification. Hurtado obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton University, her master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard and a PhD in education from UCLA. Before returning to UCLA as a professor, she also taught at the University of Michigan.