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Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Gatson, recipient of the 2021 BGSA distinguished service award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant and sustained contributions to Black Higher Education within the State of Indiana. Former honorees have made major contributions to the education, recruitment, and retention of African American students. They have been dedicated to educating, mentoring, nurturing black students, and as well as advocating on their behalf to foster academic and professional advancement.

Welcome Nadia Numa to the staff of the Minority Engineering Program

The Purdue Minority Engineering Program is excited to introduce its new Graduate Assistant Nadia Numa. Nadia Numa, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, received her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a concentration in Propulsion and a minor in International Relations in December 2015. During her undergraduate studies, Nadia participated in various organizations that afforded her the opportunity to serve the surrounding communities through programs and outreach. As the Vice-President of Society of Women Engineers, a Senator/Parliamentarian in National Society of Black Engineers, and a McNair Scholar, Nadia led and participated in education programs and outreach events to encourage women and minority students to consider a career in STEM.

In May 2019, Nadia received a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University with a focus on experimental plasma-assisted combustion. Simultaneously, Nadia became an active member of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), AAE Graduate Women Gatherings (GWG), and Women in Aerospace (WiA) where she held leadership positions and aided in planning events such as the Amelia Earhart Aerospace Summit. Nadia has also volunteered at Purdue Space Day (PSD), encouraging STEM education among students in grades 3-8.

Nadia is currently a Ph.D. student in Astrodynamics and Space Applications at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering and is a member of Kathleen Howell's Multibody Dynamics Research Group. Her current research focuses on trajectory design and optimization for cislunar missions requiring the use of propellant depots.

Nadia’s professional experiences include internships at both General Electric and Boeing Company. Following her undergraduate studies, Nadia worked as a Propulsion Product Development engineer with a focus on engine nacelle design and engine-airplane integration at Boeing. She also worked as a mission architecture associate engineer at SpaceX in 2018 – a role where she worked with the Mission Assurance Team to ensure both flight and mission reliability for five commercial space missions.

Nadia hopes to continue to serve the community through teaching programs and outreach events to further MEP’s vision and mission. She hopes to engage and encourage minority students to pursue their passions while leveraging the skills obtained from their STEM education.

Welcome Himani Shah to the staff of the Minority Engineering Program

The Minority Engineering Program of Purdue University is pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Himani Shah, Lead Program Manager for MEP. Himani is not entirely new to the Purdue family, as she has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Purdue's Krannert School of Management. Himani comes to MEP with just under 15 years of industry experience ranging from defense, technology consulting, to consumer-packaged goods. She has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Lockheed Martin, Accenture, Proctor & Gamble, and PepsiCo. Himani has worked on big data integration projects as well as launching and managing national and international brands 

While at Purdue, Himani worked with MEP as a tutor and as a graduate assistant while pursuing her MBA. She introduced a professional development pillar for MEP students by assisting them with resume and interview workshops. She has a strong passion for developing and mentoring students into future business and industry leaders. We are looking forward to utilizing Himani's passion and background to help advance the Purdue MEP program and to sustain our legacy as a national best practice. 

Please join me in welcoming Himani back to MEP. Stop by the office and introduce yourself! Whether you are trying to chart your academic career at Purdue, prepare for an exam or upcoming interview, or just need a study break, Himani will be a great resource with a focus on student success. In her capacity as Lead Program Manager, her responsibilities span every aspect of MEP's current and future programs. She will bring measurable impact and robust efficiency to the MEP Team. 

The "We Support Black Engineers" Campaign was curated to celebrate and show support for Purdue University's College of Engineering Black students, faculty, staff and alumni. To engage with those who have taken part, please click here