Two African American Women at State Universities Receive Notable Honors

Stephanie Adams, the dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has received the Harriet Tubman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. This award is presented annually to an individual from an accredited engineering school for “advancing women of color in academic engineering.”

Dr. Adams received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University.

Through a contribution from its Black Philanthropy Circle, Indiana University is paying tribute to Professor Emerita Iris Rosa by naming the floor of the dance studio where she worked in her honor.

Rosa was part of the 1968 Indiana University Groups Scholars Program and was named director of the African American Dance Company at Indiana University Bloomington when it was created in 1974. She retired in 2017 after 43 years at the university.

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