Dr. Solomon Bililign, a physics professor at North Carolina A&T State University, has been named a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The award will be presented to Bililign, eight other individuals and eight organizations at the White House later this year. 

“The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields,” the White House said. “By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.”

“I am humbled by the honor and I am just one of thousands of mentors who happened to be nominated.  I am sure there are a lot more deserving mentors. This recognition motivates me to do more,” said Bililign.

“I thank my parents (both teachers) who taught me the value of mentoring and teaching, my family, my former students who wrote the strong letters of support, my own past mentors, N.C. A&T administrators at all levels who helped me achieve my goal and most importantly my research collaborators and especially the NOAA-ISETCSC team for working with me and providing excellent mentoring to all the students who came through the program.”

 Bililign is director of the NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center, a consortium of eight universities that conducts collaborative research with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. A&T is the lead university in the group.

Bililign is also a fellow of the National Institute of Aeronautics. He has taught at A&T since 1993. He is a native of Ethiopia.