Benjamin C. Flores
Dr. Benjamin C. Flores joined the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Flores is an expert in retention strategies for non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). From 1999 to 2007 he was the Project Director of the Model Institutions for Excellence Initiative, an institutional effort that aimed at increasing the number of Hispanics who pursued and earned STEM degrees. Since 2005, he has served as the Director of the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the UT System Bridge to the Doctorate Program. Through his work on student retention issues, he has gained international recognition as an expert in the effectiveness and impact of strategies for access to higher education. Dr. Flores was recently recognized by President Barak Obama with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentorship (2010).
Dr. Kaminskijoined Argonne National Laboratory after completing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1998. He is Leader of the Nuclear Decontamination and Separations group at Argonne. His team investigates problems in several areas involving nuclear materials. These include safe disposal of nuclear waste, rapid separation of nuclear materials, clean-up of nuclear contaminated materials, and combating nuclear terrorism. His expertise in these areas has led to funding by major federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Aside from his research, Dr. Kaminski is President of the Argonne Hispanic/Latino Club, a social club dedicated to increasing the number of Hispanic-heritage students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He is also a mentor with the Rocket21 program (http://www.rocket21.com/about), where youth can access the advice of world-class experts as they develop their inquisitive minds. Devoted to his Chicagoland roots, Dr. Kaminski frequently visits local middle schools and high schools to promote STEM careers and the importance of diversity to our nation’s ingenuity. Through his work with Hispanic youth, Dr. Kaminski was awarded the 2015 Pinnacle of Education Award by the University of Chicago Board of Governors. Dr. Kaminski is also Adjunct Associate Professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois where he teaches a course in nuclear fuel reprocessing.
Pamella P. Shaw
Dr. Pamella P. Shaw is currently the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Indiana University School of Dentistry. This important leadership role includes development of programs and activities to help increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Shaw was previously an Assistant Provost at Purdue University and Director of Health Career Programs at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She has participated on several diversity forums, diversity action groups, and committees, providing support for programs at all levels of education.
Dr. Shaw has served as a program director, PI, and/or Co-PI for several diversity and STEM student development programs that target underrepresented minority, first-generation, and/or disadvantaged students in college preparation activities, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and pre-health professional majors. This includes working with students that have cognitive and/or learning challenges. She has consistently been engaged in work to recruit and develop student interest in education, research, and career opportunities for over 25 years.