Norfolk State University
National Society of Black Engineers Academic Excellence Chair, 2011-2012
My name is Jermaine Elsworth Dory. I am a graduating senior at the Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.
I will be graduating with my bachelors in Electronics Engineering with a Math minor.
Also I have been fully funded to attend Norfolk State University through the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Science (DNIMAS) program.
Throughout my undergraduate years, I had three internships, one with NSF REU program at
The University of Arkansas, and two with NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration).
In my fourth year I had acceptance letters for Graduate School from Caltech, Cornell University,
Columbia University, John Hopkins, University of Maryland College Park, University of Rochester,
and New Mexico State University . I plan on attending either Caltech or Cornell for my Masters in
Electrical Engineering. I have also received a Masters fellowship from Sandia, which provides
exceptional bachelor's-level minority candidates with the opportunity to pursue fully
funded Master of Science degrees.
Successful applicants will become regular full-time Sandia employees and will join the multidisciplinary
R&D teams that are advancing the frontiers of science and technology to solve the world's greatest challenges.
I have also received the GEM Fellowship through Oak Ridge National Laboratories to work with them for
two summers while they pay for my graduate school. I chose to go with Sandia Master Fellowship.
I had a successful 4 years a Norfolk State University. This great school has taught me a lot about
life and changed my life. I know I have been sent out to do great things, and Norfolk State
University gave me the right tools to build my future.
In closing I want to leave you with this,
“It is time for a change, and I am ready to take an active role in increasing the number of
African American male engineers, as well as altering the mindset of my family by showing
future generations that it is possible to make our dreams come true.”
Norfolk State University
In 2009, I started my undergraduate degree at Norfolk State University as a scholar in the
Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Science (DNIMAS) Scholarship Program
seeking to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Optical Engineering.
During my tenure at Norfolk State University, I was able to excel academically and
professionally due to the exceptional faculty that taught and instilled invaluable lessons and
knowledge that prepared me for any challenging situation. In matriculating through the rigorous
curriculum at Norfolk State University, there were numerous courses and projects that caught
my attention such as the development and fabrication of a microchip and the development of
a fully-operational solar powered remotely controlled toy car.
The faculty does not only teach, but motivates and exposes students to
numerous opportunities available.
As an undergraduate I was awarded the
2011 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and the 2011 Thurgood Marshall College Fund/ Department of Energy Scholarship.
I will be graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Optical Engineering
and a minor in Mathematics with Summa Cum Laude credentials and completion of the DNIMAS program.
I was awarded the 2013 National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering
and Science Fellowship to obtain a Master’s degree; I plan on attending Duke University to
obtain a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Engineering Department
at Norfolk State University has helped me immensely to achieve my goal of
becoming an innovative engineer of tomorrow.
Norfolk State University
My name is Autumn Jade Bullard and I am a senior electronics engineering major from Virginia Beach, VA. I entered Norfolk State University in 2009 under a fully funded academic scholarship, the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS). I must admit that Norfolk State University was not my first choice, but once I stepped foot on this campus I was embraced and became a part of the Spartan family. We are what you call the best kept secret. The nurturing and family environment along with the brilliant faculty at Norfolk State has not only challenged me with a vigorous course load, but also guided and exposed me to many different opportunities. Because of this I was able to participate in research ranging from computational modeling of neurons, to water fluidics on a chip, to developing neural probes for deep brain stimulation at some of the top universities including, Georgia Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Throughout my matriculation I have been afforded the opportunities to travel to National Conferences to present my research. In 2010 I won third place in the research symposium at the Emerging Researchers National Conference .
Next fall I will be entering graduate school at the University of Michigan to pursue a PhD. in Biomedical Engineering . Here I will be conducting research in neural engineering in the development of a neural prosthetic. Norfolk State University has equipped me and instilled in me both the skills and confidence to compete with other schools and engineers on the top level. Because of this I am proud to call Norfolk State University my alma mater. BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD!