Greetings, Region IV!
My name is Dr. Shannon Grady and it will be my pleasure to serve you
this year as chair-elect. First, I’ll let you know a little about
myself and my NSBE experience. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana
where I work as a computational fluid dynamics specialist in the
automotive industry. I earned my doctorate in chemical
engineering from Florida A&M University. I have been a NSBE
member since 2004. Below is a brief resume of I was chapter
president of the Delaware Area Chapter for two years while serving on
the regional board as pre-college initiative (PCI) chairperson and
Try-Math-A-Lon coordinator. I went on to serve at the national
level as the Alumni Extension PCI chairperson for one year and as the
Save Our Kids Award chairperson for one year. In 2009 I was
regional Alumni chair-elect for Region 2, and Region 2 Alumni chair the
following year, and national Alumni charter/membership chair in
2011-2012. Now I am excited to serve you as the first Region 4
NSBE Professionals chair-elect. It doesn’t quite roll off the
tongue just yet, but I’m sure we’ll get used to it soon.
In addition to flowing down information from the regional and national
level, I hope to foster an environment with a free and open exchange of
ideas. It is my hope to utilize all electronic media at our
disposal to be a medium in which chapters can benchmark one another’s
best practices obtain ideas for new chapter initiatives based on the
current national directives and signature programs and highlight their
activities to the rest of the region and potentially the rest of the
nation. It can also be an avenue for chapters to discuss problems
such as succession planning and member apathy, problems all chapters
have. Finally, I want the members of the region to determine our
path forward. Through input and feedback that I receive in the
monthly calls and various other modes of communication, chapter
presidents can convey what it is their members really want out of the
region and the society as a return on their membership
investment. I also hope to also assist chapters with the
transition from Alumni Extension to NSBE Professionals as we all
navigate these new waters.
What I want you to take from this message is that my approach to
leadership is in the trenches service. I have a wealth of
experience from which you can draw, and I am willing to get my hands
dirty just like all of the members who keep this society running.
Do not hesitate to contact me for whatever reason.
Shannon Grady, Ph.D.
National Society of Black Engineers
Region 4 NSBE Professionals Chair-elect
The mission: To increase the number of
culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed
professionally, and positively impact the community.
NSBE-AE Region IV Board Member
for a NSBE Road Show