TUSKEEGEE, AL–Dr. Shaik Jeelani, Vice-President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Tuskeegee University, was honored with the Prediential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He received his award at a White House ceremony on Dec. 12.
Administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations in recognition of the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering–particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields.
Dr. Jeelani who has an impressive resume has contributed in many ways to the development of programs at Tuskegee. Dr. Jeelani played a leading role in the development of various curriculums and infrastructure in the School of Engineering and Architecture. He spearheaded the Infrastructure and curriculum development in the School of Engineering and Architecture through a $2.50 million grant from the Army Research Office. This effort resulted in the universityâ€™s obtaining full (six years) ABET accreditation for all its Engineering programs. He also wrote the proposal for funding of the first Endowed Chair in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University and spearheaded the development of the curriculum, recruitment of students and establishment of Tuskegee Universityâ€™s first Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering.