Keynote Speaker: Jocelyn Jackson
Student, researcher, leader, and change agent are just a few descriptors of Jocelyn Jackson, the National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She is dedicated to using her leadership and voice to make a difference in the lives of other young black women interested in engineering, and to make engineering a more diverse and accepting field for all. As National Chair, Jackson promotes and makes strides to accomplish the current strategic goal of NSBE: 10K by 2025, or to graduate 10,000 Black engineers annually by 2025. She drives collaboration between members, partners, and employees at NSBE's World Headquarters to reach NSBE’s mission and goals. Jackson leads the board of directors of NSBE (in her second year of leadership) to ensure the best overall experience of NSBE stakeholders and has previously served as National Vice Chair and Region V Chair for NSBE.
Jackson was featured in NBC Know Your Value’s article “How Jocelyn Jackson is changing the face of engineering,” where she discussed her journey to becoming an engineer, the adversity she has faced along the way, and how NSBE has helped her and other black engineers, especially fellow women, feel more accepted in the profession.
Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Jackson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, where her thesis research focused on the development of elastomeric coatings with reduced wear for ice-free applications. She is a second-year doctoral student in Engineering Education Research at the University of Michigan. Her current research examines perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented populations in their organizations/institutions.