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Eugene M. DeLoatch


Saturday , May 15 , at 5 p.m.

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Eugene M. DeLoatch
Engineering educator Eugene M. DeLoatch, current and founding dean of the engineering school at Morgan State University in Baltimore, is a recognized leader in his profession.

Devoting his career to enabling more minorities to pursue technological fields, he has worked closely with the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish The Partnership, a program that identifies academically talented engineering students at Morgan State and other historically black institutions for pursuit of graduate studies.

DeLoatch earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics and electrical engineering from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and his master of science in electrical engineering and PhD in bioengineering from the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn. He taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the first school to award engineering degrees to blacks, where he eventually became professor and chair of the electrical engineering department.

During his tenure as dean at Morgan State, DeLoatch has become a national leader in the recruitment and retention of minority engineering students. In 1997, the federal government cited Morgan State as the outstanding exemplar of technological and scientific education for African-American students. DeLoatch has conducted sponsored research for agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation and the National Cancer Institute, and has served on the National Research Council’s Board of Engineering Education and on the Technical Advisory Board of the Whirlpool Corp. Additional industrial experiences include consulting with NYSEG and IBM.

DeLoatch has served as secretary of the board of directors of the Maryland Science, Engineering and Technology Development Corp. He is chair of the Council of Deans of Engineering of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Co-founder of the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award Program, DeLoatch was recognized with its Pioneer Award in 2003. He is the immediate past president of the American Society for Engineering, the first black person to hold the position in the organization's 109 - year history.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08