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John Brooks Slaughter

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering will honor a University of Southern California professor of engineering and past president of the organization, John Brooks Slaughter, with the prestigious Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award at its 40th annual awards dinner on Oct. 15.

Slaughter served as a civilian employee for the U.S Navy for 15 years. He has served as the chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park, and president of the Occidental College of Los Angeles. Slaughter joined USC Rossier in 2010 as professor of education.

Slaughter has been a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including serving as the first African-American director of the National Science Foundation in 1980, and has earned the Martin Luther King Jr. National Award, the first U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Award, the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award and many more.

Slaughter graduated from Kansas State University with an electrical engineering degree, and holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California, San Diego.

Since its inception in 1974, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has been an avid supporter of career development and leadership to underrepresented minorities who are pursuing education and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The organization has supported more than 24,000 students by providing more than $124 million in scholarships.

Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO