Academic and Research Leadership Symposium

The Academic and Research Leadership (ARL) Symposium is co-located with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention. The ARL Symposium has two threads: (1) a faculty development thread, and (2) a research networking thread. The faculty development thread hosts workshops organized by members of the ARL network that strengthen and demystify fundamental components of academia. Past topics include: Obtaining a Faculty Position, The Ins and Outs of the Tenure Process, How to Write a Successful Proposal, How to Successfully Manage a Research Group, Strategies for Diversifying your Research Funding Portfolio. The researcher development and networking thread is critical to the goal of a self-sustaining ARL ecosystem. This year, topics will include Lessons Learned from Winning Grant Recipients, Creating a Thriving Research Enterprise: Developing a Research Agenda, and Moving Beyond Service: Engaging in Strategic Mentoring Relationships.

The ARL Symposium provides an opportunity for seasoned researchers (university, corporate, government) to nurture connections with their peers, and be excited and inspired by the latest discoveries and technical advances across many disciplines of engineering and science. Opportunities for new collaborations and strategic career advancements are anticipated. The researcher development and networking thread consists of a networking reception with a keynote presentation by a leader in the engineering field, a session on career development in an R&D centric environment, and a poster session organized by members of the ARL network for more in-depth technical discussions.

About ARLS and NSBE

The choice to locate the ARL Symposium at the NSBE annual convention is strategic. Currently, minimal programming is available at the NSBE National Convention for senior graduate students focused on academic careers, and researchers in academia and industry who may have participated in previous K-12, undergraduate and graduate NSBE activities. The ARLS will improve membership retention and help other minority engineers matriculate successfully through the academic and research workforce in universities, national laboratories and industry. The impacts of the ARL Symposium are many-fold, and include the following: this symposium serves as a (1) meeting place for minority researchers to share and gain new ideas leading to new intellectual products and technologies that benefit society; (2) constant pool of diverse faculty candidates for universities and researchers for government/industrial laboratories; (3) pool for funding agencies’ program managers needing to diversify their review panels; (4) pool of qualified senior Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty that can develop content for and teach workshops that are of critical importance to the success of the current NSBE graduate school conference (GSC); (5) critical mass of engaged minority researchers that can introduce ideas for increasing minority interest in the Ph.D. in ways not currently possible; and (6) “showcase” of minority researchers on scales that have never existed, that is also strategically placed in a venue with a built in audience of emerging minority engineers.

2015 Venue

NSBE's 41st Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
More Information
Please visit the NSBE website

Additional Information

To register to attend this symposium, please fill out the form here.

Information regarding the speakers for this symposium will be made available here soon.

March 27, 2015

7:30 am
Location: ACC 202B
8:00 am
Welcome and Overview
Location: ACC 202B
8:30 am
Research with Impact
Strategies for building a research portfolio that has high impact and visibility within a society. Speaker: Dr. Abraham Lee (University of California, Irvine) Location: ACC 202B
9:30 am
Coffee Break
9:45 am
Balancing Service & Outreach
Understanding how to identify good service that helps build your brand and how to strategically incorporate outreach into your research program while protecting your time. Speaker: Dr. Manu Platt (Georgia Institute of Technology) Location: ACC 202B
10:45 am
Travel Break
11:00 am
NSF Research and Funding Opportunities
Tips on writing a grant for the NSF that will get funded and a brief overview of some lesser-known funding opportunities within NSF. Speaker: Dr. Bevlee Watford (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Location: ACC 210D
12:00 pm
Funding your Research Program
(Working Lunch)Methods for soliciting funding for your research program and understanding the difference between various funding entities, e.g. NSF, NIH, AFOSR, DARPA, Industry, Foundations. Speaker: Dr. Timothy Pinkston (University of Southern California) Location: ACC 202B
1:00 pm
Engineering Deans’ Forum
Location: ACC 207C
2:00 pm
Travel Break
2:15 pm
Teaching in No Time
Good practices for planning a course, preparing lecture notes and exams, setting homework and pop quizzes. Stimulating ideas regarding integrating STEM research into your courses (which may lead to publications and considered as education-based outreach). Speaker: Dr. Audrey Ellerbee
3:00 pm
Travel and Coffee Break
3:15 pm
Branding, Marketing and Selling Your Research
Topics include: how to create your image using technology and social media effectively to connect with alumni, corporations, and potential collaborators; how to also market your research program effectively using other media outlets at your institution.
4:15 pm
How to handle THAT!
Case studies and demonstrations on various topics will “come to life” in this workshop that is centered on developing strategies for dealing with the unorthodox, e.g., an unruly student, collaborations (collaborators) gone awry, nonperforming graduates students, intentional and unintentional biases.

March 28, 2015

8:30 am
Beyond the University Walls Panel Discussion
Location: ACC 203A
10:00 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am
ARLN Open Meeting
Location: ACC 203A
11:30 am
ARLN Steering Committee Closed Meeting
Location: ACC 203A
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
ARLS Poster and Networking Session
Location: ACC 210A
4:30 pm
ARLS Closing Remarks
Location: ACC 201A