Muhammed's graduate research will involve working with Professor Subramanian Ramakrishnan in the FAMU-FSU Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and with U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientist Larry Holmes, Principal Investigator for Additive Manufacturing Materials Development. The topic of this group's research involves additive manufacturing of low k dielectric polymer-particle composites for electromagnetic shielding applications.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The partnership is a part of the Intel Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Grant Program, which was developed to increase the number of African Americans who pursue degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science. FAMU will be awarded $550,000 over a three-year period to offer two-year scholarships. Up to 26 junior to doctorate level students majoring in these areas will reap the benefits.
In addition, the partnership will help to support student tutoring and mentoring programs, labs, research experiences and workshops that will encourage collaboration between academia and the technology industry to equip students with the relevant skills needed to succeed in the technology sector.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
op-ed posted on the Tallahassee Democrat website yesterday, state Sen. Bobby Powell called himself “an advocate” for Florida A&M University. Part of his statement compared his feelings about FAMU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, to FSU, where he earned his master’s degree.
“With the increasingly negative news that continues to come out of FAMU, it is becoming more and more difficult to be an advocate,” Powell wrote. “On the bright side, I also received a degree from Florida State University.”
Powell’s view of his FSU degree as being the “bright side” over his affiliation with FAMU could help explain a lot. That might be a reason why he hasn’t publicly voiced concern that FSU alumni hold most of the appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT) while there are only two alumni in appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) female doctoral students, who are also best friends, recently received their doctorates in engineering. They endured setbacks, including the loss of a classmate and overcame financial hurdles to ensure that they join the next generation of engineering leaders who will help close that gap.
On April 29, Miami native and Fulbright Scholar Renee Gordon received her doctorate of philosophy in mechanical engineering; Miami Beach native and Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership awardee Shannon Anderson received her doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering, with a concentration in environmental engineering; and Birmingham, Alabama native and NSF International Research Experiences grantee Marcella Carnes received her doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering with a concentration in structures.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The names circulating as the possible “targeted” deans were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson, and School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough.
There were legitimate reasons to believe that some dean changes were needed. But the bigger question was whether the Mangum administration could be trusted to treat deans fairly.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
|NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin listens as then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum speaks in 2015|
The NCA&T College of Engineering continues to benefit from Chancellor Harold Martin’s decision to make it a central part of his vision for strengthening the university’s presence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Martin’s work to build his alma mater’s engineering programs goes back to his years of service as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and later dean of the college.
One big advantage that NCA&T’s engineering college currently has over Florida A&M University’s is that NCA&T controls millions of recurring dollars in legislative appropriations for its program. A study from 2011 estimated that the recurring appropriation for the NCA&T College of Engineering was about $5M per year.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
theatre student at Florida A&M University, Frederick S. Humphries was her president. She watched while he battled to make sure that the university kept control of the multi-million dollar budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).
Humphries struck a deal with Florida State University President Bernie Sliger in 1987 that gave FAMU control of the budget in exchange for an agreement to support Innovation Park as the building site for the COE. The deal was made final by the 1987 “Memorandum of Agreement.”
But FAMU’s control of that budget came to an end in 2015.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
report by the Naples Daily News shows that FSU President John Thrasher got his university a secret $2M appropriation on behalf of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). But then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name wasn’t on the request form he submitted to the Florida Legislature.
The December 4, 2015 request by Thrasher came less than five months after FAMU lost budget authority for the COE. July 1, 2015 was the date that the Chief Financial Officer of Florida began sending the multi-million dollar appropriated budget for the engineering college to FSU instead of FAMU. FAMU had previously gotten the funds in its general revenue line for 28 years.
“The College of Engineering shared by FSU and Florida A&M University also received $2 million in a one-time secret appropriation that lists Thrasher as the requester on a form also dated Dec. 4, 2015, with [FSU lobbyist Kathleen Daly] identified as the contact, records show. FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name was not included on the form,” the newspaper reported.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
L-R: Professors Carl Moore, Hui Wang, and Tarek Dickens
HBCU-RISE activity within the major Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program supports the development of research capabilities at HBCUs that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering. This competitive national grant, worth over $958,673 is the first one awarded to FAMU, and one of only two ever awarded in the entire state of Florida.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
He made the comments as Mangum sat in the chair next to him.
Thrasher told the BOG: “The thing that I think President Mangum and I have both agreed on and certainly with your staff is this, this, these changes, these changes that we’re talking about, the organizational changes, the transparency, the accountability, which are all in here, which you all, every one of you I know believe in, frankly go back to making this a successful program for the students.”
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
But Robinson publicly took him to task for mischaracterizing his position.
“That is totally incorrect,” Robinson said in response to Thrasher’s claim in a Miami Herald blog story by reporter Tia Mitchell.
Monday, January 02, 2017
The only FAMU graduate in a high-profile elected office who was willing to proudly stand by Mangum was U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.
Brown actually seemed to think that her support of Mangum would help her during her scandal-plagued reelection bid in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. The incumbent representative faced an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination after Alfred “Al” Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, challenged her in the newly redrawn district.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Two weeks ago, one alumnus decided to stop by a little early to share his story as a featured speaker in the Scholars’ Speak Series hosted by the Division of Student Affairs’ Scholarships Programs office.
William Robinson, a 1996 graduate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and former Life Gets Better and National Achievement Scholar, addressed a crowd of current scholarship recipients with whom he shared the story of his journey to FAMU and his life after leaving the “Hill.”
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
FAMU went from having control over the then-$10.4M COE budget in 2015 to now just being the tenure home of the COE dean.
One of the nonsense claims that’s still being spread is that FAMU is really better off now because previous COE deans declined to fill vacant FAMU faculty positions and moving the dean’s tenure home to FAMU was necessary to fix that problem.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The saddest thing is that Lee has a small, but loud social media following of gullible Rattlers-in-name-only who believe him.
On Monday, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson terminated Lee’s contract as a special assistant in the Office of the President. Lee responded by putting his termination letter on display in an unofficial FAMU Alumni Facebook page and then posting rants with conspiracy theories about recent events at the university.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Last year, David helped Mangum and Florida State University President John Thrasher put an end to the 28 years of FAMU budget control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).
Back in 2015, with Mangum and David’s support, the legislature moved the $12.9M for the COE from the FAMU line to a new budget entity called “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.”
Following the transfer, a new Joint College of Engineering Governance Council decided that it was going to start calling the shots on the COE operating budget. This has made it possible for the FSU representatives and BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III to now out vote FAMU on budget decisions.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
FAMU President Elmira Mangum helped FSU President John Thrasher put an end to the 28 years of FAMU budget control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) in 2015. She did that despite the existing legislative budget language that favored FAMU and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) study that said nothing about shifting the money from the university.
Last year, with Mangum's approval, the legislature moved the $12.9M for the COE from the FAMU line to a new budget entity called “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.”
Following the transfer, a new Joint College of Engineering Governance Council was created and it started calling the shots on the operating budget. This has made it possible for the FSU representatives and BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III to now out vote FAMU on budget decisions.
Friday, July 29, 2016
WCTV-6 reported yesterday that Gibson “plans to invest time in recruiting and retaining FAMU students. Right now, the school has roughly 2,200 students, but only about three to four hundred are FAMU students. There are about 100 staff members, yet only about a third are FAMU faculty members.”
Those things are all good. But the choice of how much money will actually be designated for diversity efforts at the COE is out of his hands.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
At the June meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), School of Business and Industry (SBI) Professor Clyde Ashley warned that four current deans might be targeted. He said those individuals were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson, and School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough.
Ashley’s comments come at a time when a growing number of FAMU professors are speaking out about the way President Elmira Mangum and Provost Marcella David are running the Division of Academic Affairs. There have also been faculty complaints accusing the administration of trying to harm the tenure system, toss aside shared governance, and bully student reporters at The FAMUan.
The abrupt resignations of College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) Dean Yaw D. Yeboah last year have only added to doubts about whether Mangum and David are committed to the fair treatment of professors.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
One FAMUan who understands that FAMU really did have budget control of the COE is Umi Selah (a.k.a. Phillip Agnew). He helped fight off an attempt to remove that budget control from FAMU when he was the student body president in 2007.
On January 15, 2015, Mangum welcomed Agnew to campus as the keynote speaker for the FAMU Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. She complimented him on his commitment to justice through his leadership of the activist group Dream Defenders.
But just four months later, Mangum gave her backing to a move that brought FAMU’s budget control at the COE to an end. Agnew announced last week that he doesn’t think the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) should renew Mangum’s contract, which is set to expire in 2017.