WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 30, 2019) –Salil Desai, Ph.D., an industrial and systems engineering professor and interim co-director for the Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing at North Carolina Agricultural and State University, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) earlier this month.

The recognition celebrates the outstanding efforts of STEM mentors who “encourage the next generation of innovators developing a science and engineering workforce.” As a recipient of this prestigious award, Desai will collaborate with government, academia and industry on taskforces focused on solutions for challenges and opportunities facing our society.

“As educators, we play an important role in influencing students’ lives by being inspiring role models,” said Desai. “I am humbled by this honor and am cognizant of the fact that it brings along a genuine commitment to STEM education and outreach excellence.”

Throughout his academic career at N.C. A&T, Desai has conducted research and developed educational and outreach programs to enhance the recruitment and retention of students in the fields of nano-, micro- and bio-manufacturing.

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Originally published Oct. 30, 2019.