Professor John Brooks Slaughter will receive the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) during its 40th anniversary awards dinner and celebration on Oct. 15. Slaughter is the group’s former president and CEO.
NACME assists the career development of underrepresented minorities in engineering, technology, math- and science-based professions. The fundraiser supports the organization’s mission to increase its scholarship support for African-American, American Indian and Latino students in engineering.
Slaughter, who joined USC Rossier in 2010 as professor of education, has a joint appointment at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He has served as the leader of two universities and was named the first African-American director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1980, among other accomplishments.
He has won numerous accolades, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Award; the UCLA Medal of Excellence; the first U.S. Black Engineer of the Year award; the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the NSF Distinguished Service Award. He also participates in professional engineering societies, has written for various professional publications and served as a member on corporate boards.
Slaughter received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in engineering from UCLA and a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California, San Diego.