The "Top Supporters of HBCUs" list surveyed the deans of the 15 ABET-accredited, historically Black college and university (HBCU) engineering programs, and the corporate-academic alliance, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE). The survey asks these individuals to list the corporate and government/non-profit organizations that provide the most support to their schools. Now, we debut this year's Top Supporters as well as the cover of the newest edition of US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.
Learning Objective: Explore and propose strategies that would support HBCUs as 5G Testbeds and Partners in deployment of 5G nationwide. Description: Broadband and 5G technology have created the conditions for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), whether it is the potential of blockchain for enabling key 5G technologies; or the impact IoT devices will have on health care, artificial intelligence innovations, or meeting the demands of increasing data-intensive applications. 4IR will have disruptive implications for the organizational structures of HBCUs and the economies within which they operate. HBCUs, as an integral part of America's 5G-deployment strategy, are keys to the nation's growth, productivity, and competitiveness strategy. HBCU preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution might well be a solution to the problem of a digitally bifurcated society. It has been predicted that from 2020 to 2035, the total contribution of 5G to real global GDP will be equivalent to an economy the size of India - currently the seventh largest economy in the world. HBCUs have the potential to be force multipliers in the contribution of 5G to both national and global GDP. Participant Takeaways: a. Offers suggestions that might lead to developing strategies for HBCUs to be key players in local, state, and regional broadband/5G planning ecosystems. b. Offer suggestions to ensure that HBCUs partner with federal government agencies and the telecommunications industry to be players in the 5G prototyping efforts for participation in 5G testbeds. c. Develop some problem-solving heuristics for leadership to help re-position HBCUs as leaders in a global digital society and economy. d. List strategies for how HBCUs can alter their organizational structures for 5G collective impact investing.
Learning Objective: Understand more about the rapidly growing area of AI, including the progress and challenges, as well as the increasing opportunities for support of research in the field. Description: In the last decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gone from being an academic curiosity to being embedded in services and products we use every day. This has largely been driven by the success of Deep Learning / Neural Nets to do things like recognize images or understand natural language at levels approaching or even surpassing humans. This has opened a broad set of applications for AI in an ever-growing set of industries, driving new opportunities for research and new demand for educating students with AI, machine learning, and advanced data science skills. It has also brought new challenges to ensure the technology is being developed and utilized ethically and fairly, so that AI ultimately benefits all of society. This panel will discuss many of these opportunities and challenges, and how HBCUs can increase their participation in this exciting field. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Understand what the current state of the art in AI is. b. Understand the most exciting opportunities, as well as the most pressing challenges, of AI. c. Know what new programs are emerging for supporting AI research at universities and in public-private partnerships.
Learning Objective/Take Away: Participants will have a greater awareness and understanding of technology commercialization and the opportunities that await their institutions. Institutions of Higher Educations (IHEs), particularly research institutions, are increasingly expected to play a role in the economic development of their communities. Regional and city governments envision start-up companies emerging from university sponsored research - every institution believes they will be the catalyst for a "new Silicon Valley" ecosystem. This seminar features a series of speakers who will describe their programs, and the important role and opportunities for HBCUs/MSIs in the area of technology commercialization. At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: a. The role of technology commercialization and IHEs and importance for HBCUs/MSIs. b. Exposed to success stories in technology commercialization from various regions. c. Federal and state opportunities for technology commercialization.
Welcome to The BEYA's Leading Voices Summit! The BEYA's Leading Voices Summit will illuminate transformational innovators who are creating a successful environment between HBCUs and partnering with tech companies on the latest technological innovations. This summit will expand on the Minorities in Research Science to include the latest technological innovations by those companies who are also top supporters of the HBCUs and STEM Scholastic Programs. Showcase successful partnerships between HBCU VPs of Research and Development Departments, will celebrate significant milestones in the development of technology from accredited ABET HBCU schools, and assemble an environment where technology companies are able to connect with HBCUs. Opening remarks are provided by Sterling McKinley, Career Communications Group.