Dr. Winser Alexander, 919/515-5190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Lucas, News Services, 919/515-3470 or email@example.com
March 21, 2000
NC State Engineer Receive Golden Torch AwardFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Winser E. Alexander, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, will receive the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award on Friday, March 24, in Charlotte at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The award is part of the NSBEís Third Annual Golden Torch Awards Ceremony honoring excellence among African-American technical professionals, government and corporate leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students. The Golden Torch, which symbolizes the "everlasting burning desire to succeed and affect positive change in the quality of life for all people," is the premier award and recognition program for African-American technical professionals. Alexanderís extensive experience and outstanding service to the African-American community as both a teacher and mentor led to his selection.
"I feel like it is a big honor," Alexander says of the award. "The NSBE has a large number of student members, so I feel that this is an honor bestowed upon me by the students and is therefore very special to me."
Alexander also received the 1998 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
A native of Colombia, N.C., Alexander, 57, has been a member of the NC State faculty since 1982. During his tenure at NC State, he has assumed the added responsibilities of recruiting and tutoring current and potential engineering students from the African-American community. In addition to guiding his pupils through their class projects, he meets with students on an individual basis at least once a week to provide more personal assistance.
"We need more African-Americans in the technical fields," he says of his role as a mentor. "Young African-American students need somebody to look up to and model themselves after. If you are a minority and see someone like yourself who is successful, then you feel more confident that you can succeed. One-on-one teaching is a large part of instilling that confidence in students."
Alexander came to NC State from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he served as a chairman and professor of electrical engineering and as an assistant to the dean of the School of Engineering. He received his bachelorís degree from NC A&T State in 1964, and received his doctoral and masterís degrees from the University of New Mexico in 1974 and 1976, respectively.
He is a member of the Sigma Xi scientific honor society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and currently holds two patents.
Alexander and his wife, Carol Chavis Alexander, reside in Raleigh.
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