Skip to main content

Advisory Board

Ayisha Dabre MuminAyisha Dabre Mumin (Chair) is Director of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Workforce Transformation Division, where she leads a visionary organization responsible for cross-agency collaborative efforts to increase employee engagement, improve process efficiency and enhance fiscal accountability, while leveraging research, data and analysis to support fact-based strategic decision-making on issues affecting the current and future aviation workforce. Ayisha began working for the FAA in Washington D.C. in 2004 and has held several different leadership roles since. Prior to joining the FAA, she worked at US Airways in Arlington, Virginia, where her last role was the Manager of Human Resources and Labor Analysis. Before then, she worked at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester NY, where she was a part of the Image Science Career Development Program and worked on process improvement initiatives.

Ayisha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University, where she was an Environmental Protection Agency Undergraduate Fellow, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University, with concentration in Decision Sciences/Operations Management. While completing her graduate studies at Old Dominion, she also worked at Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now BASF) in Suffolk Virginia, conducting Industrial Hygiene research and studies at the chemical production facility. Ayisha also possesses a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification and is a graduate of the FAA’s Senior Leadership Development Program. She currently resides in the Detroit Metropolitan area with her husband and daughter.



Dr. Victor ClarkDr. Victor Clark (Vice- Chair) attended Norfolk State University as a Chemistry Pre-Med major via the DNIMAS Program from 1997-2001. After being thoroughly prepared for advancement in research and biologic sciences, Dr. Clark entered a PhD program at Eastern Virginia Medical School where he focused on Reproductive Endocrinology and Physiology and studied the hormonal regulation of the placenta during gestation. During graduate school, Dr. Clark started the MD program at EVMS and matriculated effectively into his medical career.

Dr. Clark completed his residency in Internal Medicine and began to practice as a Hospitalist within the Hampton Roads community. After several years of medicine, Dr. Clark started several businesses within the state of VA and NJ. While continuing to practice medicine and run his businesses, Dr. Clark notes that the most important part of his work is caring for and supporting his beautiful wife, Siobhan Clark, and his four children.

Dr. Clark continues to focus on the betterment of the Hampton Roads area and notes the historical staple that NSU has within our seven cities! He also serves on the board of the Garden of Hope, a Non-Profit Organization based within the city of Norfolk that has several programs aimed to uplift the community in many facets.



​Dr. Nicholas LumsdenDr. Nicholas Lumsden (Recorder) is a native of Norfolk, Va and graduated from Maury High school in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Norfolk State University in 2004, and was a part of the DNIMAS program. Following NSU, he then went on to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School where he received the L.D. Britt Scholarship. Following medical school, he was accepted into the Family Medicine residency program at York Hospital in York Pennsylvania. Nicholas currently practices Family Medicine in Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and three children.



​Dr. Ronald CopelandDr. Ronald Copeland is a Norfolk State University Chemistry graduate and also received his Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying the structure function relationship of the polysaccharide heparan sulfate and its role in assisting viral infections.  He then completed his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University studying the effects of the protein post-translational modification O-GlcNAc has on kinases.  After making the decision to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical sector, Ronald obtained a position a Scientist (Method Development and Quality Control) at the startup company Amplimmune (now part of AstraZeneca).  There he advanced to the role of Associate Director of Characterization/Formulation and Head of Stability.  After the acquisition of the company to AstraZenceca, he was then recruited to another startup pharmaceutical company, NextCure (Beltsville, MD) where he currently serves as Director of Protein Chemistry and Quality Control developing first in class immunomedicines. There he leads a team that is responsible for assay development, characterization, formulation, compatibility, and release and stability of the company’s protein based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease.



​Dr. Larry R. DaltonDr. Larry R. Dalton is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.  He received his B.S. from the Honors College of Michigan State University (1965) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1971).  He has co-authored over 600 articles and books on topics ranging from density matrix theory and magnetic resonance to multi-scale theoretical methods and the development of advanced electro-optic materials and devices.

Since 2002, Larry has served on the external advisory committees of the Norfolk State University Center for Research and Education on Advanced Materials (a NASA-funded center), the NSU NSF CREST Center, and the NSU NSF PREM Center. He has also served on the external advisory committee for the Alabama A&M NSF RISE Center since 2005. He served as a member of the editorial board of Materials Today (2002-2007). He was a member of the Board of Visitors of the Chemistry Department of the University of Alabama (1998-2002). Larry was a member of the Scientific American 50 Awards Advisory Committee (2003). He has been a guest editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry (2003-2003 and 2007-2008). Larry has served on many conference organizing committees and on committees of a number of professional societies including ACS, APS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and MRS.



Dr. Vanessa N. PeteDr. Vanessa N. Petersrs is a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science Division of the Physical and Life Sciences directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She received both her BS in Chemistry (’12) and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (’17) from Norfolk State University. Her dissertation work focused on the control of physical and chemical phenomena using various optical materials . At Lawrence Livermore National Lab she works on projects for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the most energetic laser in the world. Her work includes the electrodeposition of metal shells for NIF targets and the isolation, identification, and approaches to mitigate damage precursors on optics used on NIF.Apart from research, Vanessa is passionate about her involvement in outreach efforts. Vanessa participated as a panelist for an EmpowerHer event in Los Angeles, CA to speak with underrepresented middle and high school aged girls. In the spring of 2019, she assembled a team of minority, early career researchers to take part in a STEM career panel and luncheon with the black student union at a local high school in Livermore, CA. Based on the positive reception and feedback from the students and staff, she and the team started a mentoring program at the Livermore high school to work with African-American students. She is also a part of the HBCU college tour and college preparatory program at her church.