Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators

Presenters and Facilitators for 2011



DR. BETTY P. SHADRICK:  Conference Director

Dr. Betty P. Shadrick has held progressively responsible positions in educational institutions, community-based and state government agencies for nearly three decades. Applying her skills in teaching, counseling, and administration, she has worked to advance the well-being of the under served, economically improvised, and aspiring pre-K, elementary and secondary youths; and undergraduate and graduate students.

Currently, she administers the Graduate Student Recruitment, Retention and Intercultural Relations Office and has worked at the University for 19 years. She is also an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies Department, regularly teaches a Black Religion course and Urban Education courses for the School of Education . Her expertise as a workshop facilitator is well-known and she has facilitated workshops locally, nationally, and internationally on diverse topics such as sisterly relations, spirituality and wellness, self empowerment, the graduate application process, effective decision-making, multicultural education, and indicators of academic success for African American college students, to name a few.

Her educational preparation includes B. S. –Elementary Education from Grambling State University , M.S. and CAS (Certificate of Advanced Standing) in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany , SUNY. She is cited in Who’s Who in American, Outstanding Women of the 21st Century, and is a recipient of the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. 

DR. MARK HERNANDEZ:  Keynote Speaker

Mark Hernandez, PhD, PE
Mark Hernandez is registered professional civil engineer and attained all of his degrees from the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.  After a post-doc in environmental microbiology (also at Berkeley) and several years of professional practice, he joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1996, where he is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. 

He also serves as a faculty director of the Colorado Diversity Initiative, which coordinates major diversity efforts among science, math, and engineering departments with a focus on promoting underrepresented students through graduate schools and into the professorate. 

Dr. Hernandez maintains an active environmental microbiology research program which focuses on the remediation of polluted air and water.  He won the Water Environment Foundation’s Canham Award to support technology transfer between the US and England, and was a recipient of a National Science Foundation early CAREER award. 

Dr. Hernandez maintains a modest consulting practice, serves as an expert witness in the remediation field, and holds US patents for heavy metal reclamation from wastewater; he has over 50 archival publications.  He has recently served on two National Academy of Science Committees focusing on Bioterrorism research and its containment. 

During his tenure at Colorado, Professor Hernandez has personally mentored numerous undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral fellows from student groups that are physically disabled or have otherwise been historically underrepresented in engineering education.  His academic protégés now hold tenured faculty positions at Yale, Ohio St. and Cornell University in the US, as well as Shanghai, China, and Amman, Jordan.


DR. MARSHALL G. JONES: Plenary Speaker

Marshall G. Jones earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1965, MS in 1972 and Ph.D. in 1974 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He received an honorary Doctor of Science from the State University of New York in 1985. He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1965 to 1969. Dr. Jones joined General Electric Corporate Research and Development in 1974. He was Manager of the  Laser Technology Program from 1981 to 1985 and is and is currently leading a $7M NIST program on Laser Forming of Complex Structures. He holds 47 US Patents; 31 Foreign Patents and has authored over 40 publications.

In 1982, he was a member of an International Industrial Study Mission to Japan on Laser Technology. In 1985, Dr. Jones' research on laser/fiber optic/robot systems was voted one of the nation's top 100 innovations of the year by Science Digest Magazine. He received the 1986 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts. In 1987, he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts. In 1990, he was elected a Senior Member of the Laser Institute of America (LIA). In 1994, Dr. Jones received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Technical Contribution in Industry,” and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He received the 1995 Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional and Community Service from the University of Massachusetts. In 1997, he received ASME’s Dedicated Service Award. In 1998, he received the American Welding Society’s Prof. Dr. Rene Wasserman Memorial Award. In 1999, Dr. Jones received the National Society of Black Engineers Pioneer of the Year Golden Torch Award. In 2000, he received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for “Outstanding Alumnus Achievement.” He was elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2001. A current member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of ASME and Laser Institute of America, Dr. Jones has documented his road to success in a children’s book: “Never Give Up, the Marshall Jones Story.”


DR. MORRIS H. MORGAN, III: Plenary Speaker

Dr. Morris H. Morgan, III is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering in Hampton University’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET). He was Dean of SET from September 1998 to January 2004. While serving as Dean, Dr. Morgan oversaw the establishment of two affiliated centers – The Virtual Parts Manufacturing Center and the Bio-Photonics Center, and the School’s first independent center – Hampton University’s Aero-propulsion Center (APC)  funded by NASA. During Dr. Morgan’s tenure, the school also added a new undergraduate program in Computer Engineering. Prior to teaching engineering at Hampton University, he was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for fourteen years and was the first African American to be tenured in RPI’s School of Engineering.

Dr. Morgan was awarded his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978, the Master of Science (MS) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1973, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and a high diploma from Cedar Hill High School in 1965. His thirteen years of industrial experience includes employment with General Motors, Monsanto and GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center. Dr. Morgan is the author or co-author of over eighty-five scientific articles, has given over sixty presentations both domestically and internationally, and holds four U.S. Patents.

Dr. Morris H. Morgan, III is married to Dr. Carolyn B. Morgan, a Professor and former chair of the Mathematics Department at Hampton University. They have two children, Eric A. Morgan, an information technology (IT) analyst with Veteran Affairs who holds a MBA degree from Marymount University and Kristin D. Morgan, who holds degrees from Duke University (BS) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MS) in Biomedical Engineering and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering .

MARIA FRANCO-AGUILAR: Workshop Presenter

Maria Franco-Aguilar has served in the University of California, Riverside since 1987 in a variety of positions.  Since 1990 she has provided guidance and support to undergraduate and graduate students who participate in various outreach programs, especially underrepresented students in STEM fields.  She also serves on several educational leadership committees designed to increase the pipeline of underrepresented students in higher education and the UC system, in particular. 



 ASSIE BISHOP: Workshop Presenter

Assie L. Bishop relocated to the Albany area in 1993 to assume the position of Assistant Dean for Student and Minority Affairs at Albany Medical College.  In this position, one of her charges was to assist with increasing the number of underrepresented minority students at the college.   She retired from the institution in 2008 and now works part-time in the Assessment Department at Excelsior College.

Assie completed her undergraduate degree at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Her graduate degrees were earned at Southern Illinois University, where she also worked as a Director for a program aimed toward high risk students.  While most of her college training focused in the area of education, Assie also received a Master’s degree in Medical Bioethics, a joint degree program with Albany Medical College and Union College, in May 2005. With this degree, she has served on a hospital ethics team and taught a bioethics course for a local college.  Additionally, she recently completed a Master’s degree in Practical Theology in August, 2010.  

Active on several boards, Assie currently serves as Secretary to the Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors, served on the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors, and was appointed to a committee of the Albany Public Library to develop an Affirmative Action Plan.  For some time, Assie served on the Board of Directors for a small, Christian college in Texas.  A long time consultant to the Anti-Defamation League, she has presented workshops on a variety of diversity issues. 

In her spare time, she volunteers as a mediator for Mediation Matters; works with her minister to start a Bible College in Albany, New York; and facilitates several workshops dealing with diversity issues and using the Myers-Briggs instrument.  Through a Big Sister’s program, Assie is the big sister to two young girls.  She also counsels pregnant teens and tutors a fifth grader.

Since her retirement, Assie started a small women’s accessories boutique.  This has been her dream for a long time and she finally took the leap and opened her thriving business, “Truly Assie”, in November, 2009. 

Assie has a son and three grandchildren, who reside in Chicago, Illinois. When she is not handling all her many endeavors, Assie likes to read, travel and spend quiet time alone.

DR. THOMAS J. DENHAM: Workshop Presenter

Many in the higher education and business community regard Dr. Tom Denham as a leading authority and much-sought-after speaker on career development, marketing, entrepreneurship and work/life balance.  His enthusiasm helps him to quickly connect with people and make an impact on them to take action.

Dr. Tom has over twenty years of experience in career services including leadership positions at Union College, Harvard, St. Lawrence and Boston Universities.  As the Director of the Siena College Career Center, students honored him as the 2000 Administrator of the Year.

He founded Careers In Transition LLC, a private practice in career services, which focuses on career counseling for individuals and consulting services for institutional clients in business, education and government.  Dr. Tom also founded Northeast Public Radio’s award winning talk show, The Career Forum.  He has been a contributing writer for books, has published dozens of articles, and speaks extensively on career management issues.  He writes a weekly career column for and  He is currently working on first book to be published by Melange Press. 

In 2006, he was selected as one of the Albany Business Review’s “40 Under Forty” honorees, that recognizes young professionals making a difference in business and in the community.  The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce unanimously honored him as the 2008 Small Business Person of the Year.

Academically, Dr. Tom earned his bachelors from St. Lawrence University, his masters from Boston University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.  He is also a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church.

Dr. Tom lives where he grew up in Albany where he would rather be ice and rock climbing and raising his 11 year old daughter, Rachel.

DR. L ANTONIO ESTEVEZ: Workshop Presenter

L. Antonio Estévez received his PhD in Engineering from University of California, Davis, in 1983. Dr. Estévez has incomparable teaching experience. He has taught in seven different universities in four different countries and in two different languages. Dr. Estévez joined the University of Puerto Rico in 1987 and has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering since 1995.

Shortly after joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM), Dr. Estévez was asked to be Associate Director of the Department, position that he held between 1991 and 1994, until he decided to take a sabbatical leave.  In 2001, Dr. Estévez was asked to be the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies.  The functions and responsibilities of this position are comparable to a Dean of Graduate Studies.  During his tenure in this position, he started streamlining a number of internal processes, which led to a more efficient administration. 

On external aspects, he strived to project the UPRM and its graduate programs to the north and to the south.  As a consequence, there was a significant increase in the number of applicants from mainland US, Canada, Caribbean, and South America; and a few applicants from other regions such us East Europe, India, and China.  In 2008, upon returning from a one-year sabbatical leave, he was asked to be the Associate Dean of Engineering for Administrative Affairs.  Main responsibilities in this position include budgeting, finances, physical-plant issues, and human resources for the College of Engineering.

He has been involved in various AGEP programs (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) on behalf of the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently PI of the UPRM components of the Central New York to Puerto Rico AGEP (CNY-PR AGEP) and the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP). Prof. Estévez has participated in numerous events of various AGEP programs, besides CNY-PR AGEP and NEAGEP: Puerto Rico AGEP, New Mexico AGEP, AGEM (Mississippi AGEP), Edge Conference (University of California AGEP), PROMISE (Maryland AGEP), A Gathering of Science Scholars (SUNY AGEP), and CoWPRA (Consortium of Western and Puerto Rico AGEPs), besides JAM Conferences organized for NSF. Prof. Estévez was part of the team that prepared the three-volume Inclusiveness Series for the Council of Graduate Schools in 2003 (Vol. 1: Achieving an Inclusive Graduate Community , Vol 2: Recruiting for Success , and Vol 3: Ensuring Success ).

In his own field of chemical engineering, he has published extensively: about 30 papers in refereed journals, a book chapter, and has given numerous technical and invited presentations. He has been a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers for more than 20 years where he has served in various posts at local and national level. He was President of de Interamerican Confederation of Chemical Engineering (1996-1998) and he currently serves has Secretary General (2002-present).

DR. MARIA LOPEZ-CLASS: Workshop Presenter

Dr. Lopez-Class has worked for over 10 years conducting research with minority and underserved populations. Her work primarily focuses on multiple levels of influence, including individual, interpersonal (for example, social support/networks), community, and institutional-based disparities with an emphasis on community assessment, outreach, and health service utilization. Most recently, with funding from the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Lopez-Class conducted both qualitative and quantitative research at Georgetown University, focusing on the development of a comprehensive cultural scale and on examining effective recruitment strategies for enrolling Latino males in tobacco cessation-based interventions.

Dr. Lopez-Class serves as Project Officer for National Children’s Study Centers in Arizona, Iowa, Miami, New Mexico, Ohio, and South Dakota.


DR. CAROLYN B. MORGAN: Workshop Presenter

Dr. Carolyn B. Morgan is currently a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics in the School of Science. Dr. Morgan is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Administrative and Engineering Systems - Statistics from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 1982, Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Wright State University in 1973, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1969. Her industrial experience includes employment with General Motors and over twenty-three years at GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center.

As a statistician at GE she was involved in the successful development and application of mathematical and statistical methods to real-world problems in manufacturing and high-technology businesses. She was a member of the team that developed the GE Profile smart dishwasher. Dr. Morgan’s research interests include statistical data analysis, mathematical modeling, reliability and life data analysis, design of experiments, accelerated testing, and environmental sampling plans. She is the author or co-author of over thirty (30) scientific articles and has given over sixty (60) technical presentations. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

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DR. TAHIRA N. REID: Workshop Presenter

Dr. Tahira N. Reid is currently a STEM Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.  She works with Dr. Erin MacDonald, conducting eye-tracking studies that examine the visual information people use to make decisions about designs and how they vary when presented with 2D and 3D forms.  Prior to coming to ISU, Dr. Reid received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Design Science, with Mechanical Engineering and Psychology as her focus areas. 

Dr. Reid received both her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000 and 2004, respectively.  Dr. Tahira Reid received national acclaim for patenting a childhood invention:  a Double Dutch jump rope device.  In 2000, she exhibited her device at the Smithsonian during the Playful Mind’s exhibit and demonstrated it on NBC’s Today Show.   Her story has been featured in numerous news media sources and is featured in two children’s books.




Dr. Schrynemakers is Associate Provost at the Brooklyn Campus, where she assists the Provost in advancing enrollment and co-curricular goals and effectiveness, supporting and advancing student success and retention, and coordinating the effective administration of activities, processes, and information related to student services and the academic programs, including, but not limited to, strategic planning, accreditation, assessment, and regulatory procedures. She chairs the Campus Outcomes Assessment Committee and assists in the development, implementation, and management of academic policies as they relate to and interface with student services, serves as staff liaison to faculty and academic departments, and works with the Provost on accreditation, retention, and strategic issues.  The Assistant Provost reviews other academic and administrative publications for accuracy, clarity, and consistency. 

 In addition to her responsibilities as the Associate Provost, Dr. Schrynemakers is the Director of the Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP) and Principal Investigator for Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Undergraduate STEM Grant, both of which prepare undergraduate minority and economically disadvantaged students to enter the STEM fields.  Through CSTEP and the PBI, she addresses mentoring needs, career development training, and applications for graduate and professional schools. Through her office, PBI Scholars and CSTEP students have access to a variety of counseling services, including career counseling, academic counseling, scientific and grant writing workshops, seminar programs, and professional development programs. During her 22-year association with the University, she has secured over 5 million dollars in grants.