Slaughter to receive NACME’s Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John Brooks Slaughter

Dr. John Brooks Slaughter

On October 15, Dr. John Brooks Slaughter will receive the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) during the organization’s 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner & Celebration. Slaughter is the former president and CEO of NACME.

The organization has a 40-year legacy of leadership and service in assisting the career development of underrepresented minorities in engineering, technology, math- and science-based professions. The fundraiser supports NACME in its mission to increase its scholarship support for African American, American Indian, and Latino students in engineering. The event also honors individuals who contribute to NACME’s mission and who have gone far beyond the call of service.

Slaughter joined the Rossier School of Education in January 2010 as Professor of Education, with a joint appointment at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He has had a remarkably distinguished career, which began as an electrical engineer and includes leading two universities and heading the National Science Foundation (NSF) as its first African American director, among many other accomplishments.

His education research has been in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, underrepresented minorities in STEM, and access and affordability.

Slaughter received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and an M.S. in engineering and Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California. He also holds several honorary degrees from institutions such as California Polytechnic State University, Tuskegee Institute, University of Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Illinois. Slaughter has received numerous awards including the Heritage Award, Executive Leadership Council; American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Hall of Fame; and the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Award. He also actively participates in many professional engineering societies, has written various professional publications, and has participated as a member on several corporate boards.