N.C. A&T College of Engineering to host NC Science Festival Event

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 11, 2018) — The College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host a community forum titled “Hidden No More: STEM Women of Color” on April 12. Both events are part of the North Carolina Science Festival

“Hidden No More: STEM Women of Color” will begin at 6 p.m. in McNair Auditorium. The panel discussion, organized by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, will feature Lauren Davis, Ph.D., of N.C. A&T, Stephani Page, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jamila Simpson, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University.

Ann Vaughan Hammond and Peggy Vaughan, the daughter and daughter-in-law of Langley Research Center’s first African-American manager, Dorothy Vaughan, are also included on the panel. The women will discuss the various challenges and difficulties as well as rewards women encounter while pursuing a STEM career. The role of Dorothy Vaughan was played by Octavia Spencer in the 2016 hit film, “Hidden Figures.”

COE also hosted its fourth-annual “Maker Faire” April 11. Engineering students and faculty facilitated science and engineering-related workshops and demonstrations designed for elementary, middle and high school students.

The North Carolina Science Festival provides opportunities to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings while cultivating a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Marcia Williams, Ph.D., at marcia@ncat.edu.