91st National Technical Conference held on Coppin's Campus

Published Tuesday, October 01st, 2019

The 91st National Technical Association (NTA) conference was recently held on Coppin's campus, with over 125 researchers and scholars in attendance.

National Technical Conference

Baltimore, MD-- The 91st National Technical Association (NTA) conference was held September 25-27th on Coppin State University campus, with over 125 researchers and scholars in attendance.  NTA, founded in 1925 by 7 African American engineers, architects and scientists including Charles Sumner Duke, has been serving technical practitioners and educators historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, architecture, and mathematics (STEAM) professions by promoting career development; introducing underserved youth to opportunities in science and technology; and honoring and preserving the legacy of technical men and women of color for their outstanding contributions to the world.

The National Science Foundation awarded $100,000 to Coppin State and Morgan State to convene the conference with a theme of “ preparing the next generation of technical leaders for the new global economy”. The conference was co-chaired by NTA Baltimore Chapter President,  Dr. Bill Lupton and Dr. Mintesinot Jiru, Natural Science Department chair at Coppin State University. Dr. Hongtao Yu, Dean of the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan State and Dr. Richard Schulterbrandt Gragg III, NTA President opened the conference’s networking session on Wednesday evening, introducing NSF’s Drs. Brandon Jones and Claudia Rankins who offered career strategies and advice on developing networks of professional support. On Thursday the conference was officially opened by Coppin’s Interim President, Dr. Mickey Burnim, in the presence of cabinet members and Deans. The opening plenary keynote featured Mr. Knox Tull of Jackson and Tull, an engineering and technology company and the Charles S. Duke Lecturer Lecture Series speaker was Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. On Friday, the plenary speaker was Dr. Raj Pandya, Director of Thriving Earth Exchange, followed by a Membership Luncheon speaker, Dr. Mary Owens-Southhall, Dean of Graduate studies at Coppin State. Professors from different universities, undergraduates and graduate students presented research papers and posters in technical meetings in the conference. Participants were given a tour of the campus and visited the labs in the new Science and Technology Center.