ASU's STEM Conference Focuses on Challenges and Avenues to Success for Students

Event date
Nov 09,2018
Event Time range
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm


 WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Life Science Building Auditorium.

Alabama State University is bringing together three top leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to discuss the complex challenges and scalable solutions in developing a future workforce skilled in STEM.

The conference, titled “Waves of STEM: A Panel Discussion,” is this Friday (Nov. 9), at 3 p.m. in the ASU’s Life Science Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to public and light refreshments will be provided.


Following the theme of “Waves of Stem,” the program focuses on navigating a pathway to success, ways to handle expected challenges, leveraging opportunities and managing obstacles. The session is interactive and features three successful female biomedical engineer panelists:

  •  Dr. Esra Roan, CEO of Somavac Medical Solutions Inc. and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis, Tenn;
  •  Dr. Treena Arinzeh, professor in the Department of BME at New Jersey Institute of Technology;
  •  Dr. Latisha Salaam, principal scientist/engineer at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Biomedical engineering has entered the public conscience though the proliferation of implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers and artificial hips, to more futuristic technologies such as stem cell engineering and the 3-D printing of biological organs.


Dr. Derrick Dean, ASU program director and professor of biomedical engineering, said the conference is meant to inspire, encourage and equip the next generation to lead and change the world.


“This is a fantastic mentoring, networking and professional development opportunity for STEM majors," Dean said.


According to the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, STEM is a major driver of the nation’s job market, but the disparity between genders and minorities leaves a lot of room to be desired. Despite an increase in the number of female, minority and disabled students pursuing degrees in STEM, this progress still doesn’t alleviate the historic patterns of underrepresentation in these groups, nor does it reflect their growth in the overall workforce.


Dean said that all young people should have the chance to become innovators, educators, researchers and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing today’s world. 


“Our panelists hopefully will connect the dots on how to get there,” Dean said.