Dr. Jacqueline M. Gatson

Jacqueline M. Gatson, Ed.D.

Associate Director
Minority Engineering Program

Phone: +1 (765) 494-3974
E-Mail: jmgatson@purdue.edu

Jacqueline M. Gatson, Ed.D., is the new Associate Director for Purdue University's Minority Engineering Program (MEP). Dr. Gatson has over a decade of experience in higher education, specializing in university and industry engagement, STEM programs and strategic partnerships.

Since joining the Purdue MEP staff in 2019 as the Graduate and Organizational Diversity Strategist, and subsequently as Interim Associate Director, she has been an integral leader in core operational areas including: student engagement and outreach, industry engagement, program management, and curriculum design and instruction.

In response to COVID-19, Dr. Gatson created the framework for and lead the execution of MEP’s 2020 Virtual Engineering Summer Programs (ABC, MITE, SEW, and PREFACE), a first in the program’s history.

Known for her leadership and creativity in conceptualizing and managing nationwide signature programming and initiatives, Dr. Gatson served in numerous roles at Kansas State University prior to her arrival at Purdue including: Assistant Director for Career and Employment Services – College of Engineering and STEM Careers; First Generation Scholars Program Coordinator – College of Engineering; and Special Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships – College of Education, Educational Leadership Department. In addition, she has served as a Targeted Research Assistant for the Foundation for California Community Colleges in partnership with the National Science Foundation. She is also a professional member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. Gatson is recognized as a STEM diversity and inclusion thought leader and advocate. Throughout her career, she has served on several national boards, committees, research projects including:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies - Indiana (2019 Panelist)
  • National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Region D Chair (2010 – 2013) and National Conference Co-Chair (2012 and 2013)
  • Oxford Round Table Symposium, (Facilitator (2012) – Oxford University, England
  • Proceedings Committee Co-Editor (2010) Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and NAMEPA National Conference 
  • James R. Coffman Leadership Institute – Kansas State University (Class of 2010) 
  • National Management Leadership Institute – National Association of Colleges and Employers (2010)

Dr. Gatson received her B.A. from Grambling State University and holds both a M.S. from Kansas State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

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