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Two+Three Community College to University Program STAFF

Patricia F. Mead

Patricia F. Mead, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Norfolk State University (NSU) as Professor of Engineering in summer 2004. Since her appointment, Dr. Mead has been a leading advocate for educational reform, with an emphasis on optics and photonics education and assessment. Dr. Mead is Education Director of the NSF-funded Nano- and Bio-Inspired Materials and Devices Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), and she also maintains an active research effort on Photonic Solutions for Environmental Science and Engineering (PSENSE).

Dr. Mead previously served as Senior Program Officer in Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Washington, DC, where she was lead officer for several policy studies, including The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the 21st Century, a forward looking examination of the engineering profession and its role in society. Dr. Mead also served on the graduate Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and she received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award in 1997. Her primary research interests include solid-state laser systems, optical sensing, and educational assessment.

Dr. Frances Williams

Dr. Frances Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University. She has extensive research experience, peer-reviewed publications, and a patent in the areas of acoustic microsensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices and processes, and in-situ monitoring techniques of semiconductor manufacturing. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Micro- and Nano-technology Center (MiNaC) cleanroom and the Microsystems Research Group (MRG) at NSU. Furthermore, she is the Associate Director of Diversity for the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN). This is a multi-university engineering research center led by the University of Arizona and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Williams is very active on NSU's campus and in her profession where she serves on and chairs numerous committees. She also volunteers in her community where she participates in various programs that promote the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to students from elementary to college age. Dr. Williams received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Two+Three Community College to University Program Alumni

Shawn CherryShawn Cherry is a junior optical engineering major and mathematics minor here at Norfolk State University. Shawn has a 3.77 cumulative GPA and is also affiliated in several on and off campus organizations such T-Cup, NSBE, OSA, etc. Shawn loves to help his peers and others in achieving their goals and aiding them on their path to reaching their dreams. His aspirations after receiving his undergraduate degree is to continue his education by going to graduate school and then working to become a head engineer in an innovative engineering company that could create an device or product that could have a major impact in society at that time.
Autumn BullardMy name is Autumn Bullard. I am senior electronics engineering major from Virginia Beach, VA. I enjoy staying active by being involved in many other organizations on campus such NSBE and NSU’s Student Ambassadors. I enjoy giving back to others by giving my time as a tutor and mentor. Upon graduation I plan to attend graduate school obtaining a Master’s in electrical engineering with a concentration in neural engineering. Outside of academics I love traveling, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
 Adam TashaTasha Adams: As a Colorado native Tasha has always wanted to be an engineer. Her engineering journey started upon her admission as a Spartan at Norfolk State University. Through the DNIMAS program she has been pursuing her bachelors of science in Optical Engineering. In the past three year she has participated in 4 research internship opportunities. The summer following her freshman year she did research with the CIAN program at the University of Arizona working on material science which resulted in a publication. During her sophomore year she continued to work with CIAN on NSU’s campus receiving valuable clean room experience and exposure to MEMs devices. As a 2 year EPP 2011 Scholar with the NOAA she has performed research on the pathfinder project, which is a 30 year data set of sea surface temperature, and with the Space Weather Prediction Center, where she worked on improving geomagnetic storm predictions. She is proud to be a member of the T-Cup team and looks forward to working with the scholars.

Two+Three Community College to University Program FELLOWS

Christopher DavisChristopher Davis is currently a Senior studying Electronics Engineering and is scheduled to graduate in December, 2014. He is currently the President of Norfolk State University's IEEE  Student Chapter, and is the AMIE Ambassador. Chris was the Region 3 IEEE Student Paper/Presentation winner. He has participated in various internship opportunities including; Continental Automotive Group in Newport News, VA; and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. At Continental, he conducted many stress/strain tests on different parts, analyzed the test data, trained other interns, and maintained instruction documents on the manufacturing procedures. At Virginia Tech Chris conducted research to design and develop a sampling mixer for software-defined radio using RF CMOS technology. Chris presented his Virginia Tech research for the Region 3 IEEE competition.
Donnita McArthur is a Senior Optical Engineering student at Norfolk State University. Upon graduation, she would like to continue her studies in graduate school with a Masters program in Systems Engineering. In her spare time she enjoys serving her community through mentoring, tutoring, and helping in ministry. Her hobbies include reading, writing, thrifting, and spending time with friends.
Craig TurczynskiCraig Turczynski retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and is currently a Senior Optical Engineering student minoring in Mathematics at Norfolk State University. He completed an internship at Norfolk State University over the summer working in the Virtual Reality Education Lab. Craig is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and spends his Sunday mornings as a religious school teacher. He enjoys bowling, reading, music, and traveling with his family. Craig is currently applying for a position at NASA in the remote sensing branch. His goals include continuing on with graduate school to obtain a Masters or PhD in Material Science.


Two+Three Community College to University Program SCHOLARS

 Nsilo GreenNsilo Green is currently a Junior studying Electronics Engineering and Interdisciplinary Studies and is scheduled to graduate in May, 2015 with a dual Bachelor Degree. He is a transfer student from Tidewater Community and Columbia Community Colleges. His current GPA is 3.24 and is a member of the Norfolk State University IEEE Student Chapter, Interdisciplinary Studies Association, and the Veterans Society Chapter. Nsilo retired from the Navy with 20 years of service where his job included the maintenance of various medical and electronic systems. He currently volunteers at the 757 boxing gym where he helps with youth physical fitness and mentor-ship.
Ashley HallAshley Hall transferred to Norfolk State University in the fall of 2012 with a 3.56 GPA. A native of Suffolk Virginia, Ashley moved to Sussex County at the age of 10 and graduated 5th from Sussex Central High in 2009. She has previously studied at the University of Advancing Technology, Tidewater Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College. She enjoys reading, listening to music, video games, anime, dirt bikes and learning foreign languages. Ashley intends to receive a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Norfolk State and graduate in May, 2015.
Christopher HillChristopher Hill is a Senior studying Electronics Engineering and minoring in Mathematics at Norfolk State University. He transferred from Thomas Nelson Community College and is a native of Poquoson, VA. His GPA is currently 3.86 and plans on continuing his education at Norfolk State Graduate School working towards a Masters in Electronic Engineering. He enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends and family, and watching football.
 Talanna_RuffinTalanna Ruffin is currently a Sophomore in Electronics Engineering at Norfolk State University. She represented Norfolk State at the BEYA Conference this past February. As a T-CUP Scholar she likes to spend her weekends volunteering and going to school events. Tlanna enjoys music, reading, and drawing. Her goals include continuing with graduate school pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Toriano ThomasToriano Thomas is an Electronics Engineering major at Norfolk State University. He is a transfer student from Mesa Community College in San Diego, CA. He is a decorated competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and youth swim team coach. In his spare time he enjoys working on cars, and has even had his car featured in a magazine. However, his true passion is engineering. Toriano has competed in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair with 5 projects, and was also member of their student advisory board. His responsibilities involved planning activities and setting up the fair. In 2005 he became a local celebrity when his project was selected for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He was the first person in his school’s history to advance to that level. He looks forward to his time at Norfolk State, and plans to pursue his Master’s degree after receiving his Bachelor’s.
 Tara_Vaughan_WilliamsTara Vaughan-Williams is an Electronics Engineering major, minoring in Bio-medical Engineering at Norfolk State University. She transferred with an Associate's Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College. She is also  a Navy Veteran and licensed aircraft mechanic. She enjoys dancing at random, singing, photography, drawing, and hopes to continue hang gliding lessons to earn a Hang I rating next year. Tara plans to study Bio-engineering through the Master's level afer graduation.
Tylisia WallaceTylisia Wallace is a Sophomore in Electronics Engineering at Norfolk State University. She graduated from Landstown High School as well as the Technology Academy at Landstown in the pre-engineering strand. She likes to draw, play sports and try new things.