HAMPTON, Va. (September 25, 2018) –Hampton University and the School of Engineering and Technology is hosting the 90th Annual National Technical Association (NTA) 2018 Conference from September 26 – 28, 2018. The conference theme this year is “Full STEAM Ahead!”
Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, will provide a welcome address during the Opening Plenary of the Conference on Thursday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m. in McGrew Towers. “We are excited to welcome the National Technical Association to our beautiful ‘Home by the Sea,’ for their Annual Conference. I am honored to give the welcoming greetings and invite the attendees to relish in two days of academic excellence and learning,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “This organization has a remarkable history of achievement in education, engineering, and research. Their commitment to minority students is commendable and we applaud their efforts to encourage these students to pursue careers in STEM fields.”
“The relationship between Hampton University and NTA goes back as far as the 1950’s. NTA past President, Mr. Henry Livas, was a Hampton University alumnus, and taught architecture at the university for many years before retiring. The firm that bears his name, the Livas Group, built several of the beautiful modern structures on campus. NTA will pay tribute to Mr. Livas at the conference,” said Dr. Joyce Shirazi, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology.
The Plenary Keynote Speaker on Thursday will be Knox Tull, the owner of Jackson and Tull, Inc. headquartered in Washington, D.C. Jackson and Tull is a company that provides a broad range of engineering and technical services and products in aerospace and communications. Mr. Tull is a native of Hampton, and attended Hampton University for two years.
The 90th Annual Conference will feature technical sessions with presentations by students and professionals, workshops, seminars, informative displays, and a Career Awareness Expo. The event kicks off on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 with the NTA Business Meetings, followed by two days of professional and career development sessions, and a Geosciences workshop. The Conference concludes with the Career Awareness Expo Program. Outstanding minority engineers and scientists will be presented awards for their technical achievements at the Friday Luncheon.
NTA was founded in 1925 and is the oldest, most comprehensive organization of underrepresented minorities in technical fields. Its mission is to be the "Minority Technical Voice" for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Mathematics (STEAM). Their challenge is to ensure that underrepresented minorities, youth in particular, will have the knowledge and skills to be architects and practitioners of the technology required in a diverse "Labor Force of 2020" and beyond. NTA places a large emphasis on educating young people and professionals for the STEAM-oriented global economy.
For more information about the conference, please visit www.ntaonline.org or contact Gilbert Haynes at 757-880-2054.