Dr. Christine Grant is a tenured Full Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular (CBE) engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU); she’s been an administrative leader for over 7 years as the Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the NC State College of Engineering. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University in 1984; her graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) were both obtained from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1989. She joined the NCSU faculty in 1989 after completing her doctorate and has moved through the ranks of Assistant and Associate to Full Professor in Chemical Engineering; one of only 4 African-American women in the U.S. at that rank. Her research has been focused on surface and interfacial phenomena in the areas of electronic materials, polymers and more recently biomedical systems. She has served her profession as a leader in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as a member of both the Board of Directors, Chemical Technology Operating Council; she was elected as a Fellow in AIChE in 2013. She has been a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an Expert in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate and a visiting faculty at Caltech, Duke, and UPenn. Grant is working to change the under-representation of women and minorities in STEM through targeted empowerment of both women and underrepresented minority (URM) academics at all levels in the STEM pathway. Grant is an international motivational speaker; conducting career and professional development workshops at universities across the U.S., in Ghana and Australia. An NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) awardee, Grant was selected as a Boeing Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE). A critical aspect of that project was to develop a strong collaborative effort between university administrators (e.g., engineering deans, department heads) and senior URM faculty in engineering and science to address faculty diversity based on the wisdom of their own experiences. The “Promoting Underrepresented Presence on Science and Engineering Faculties (PURPOSE) Institute” founded by Grant is celebrating over eight years of promoting careers of minority and women faculty while providing role models for students at all stages in the pipeline. PURPOSE is the culmination of Grant’s over 30 years working on the development of URM scientists and engineers. Her progress in this arena was recognized with the AIChE Minority Affairs Committee Distinguished Service Award and the Council for Chemical Research Diversity Award in 2009. She was recognized for her advocacy for women in science and her educational outreach to Ghana, West Africa, by induction into the YWCA Academy of Women in Science and Technology, Sigma Iota Rho, an International Honor Society and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. She is a Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers and AIChE. Her company, Leveraged Empowerment a unit of CoolSci Productions LLC empowers STEM students, faculty and professionals towards excellence in both career and personal development. Her workshops on mentoring and academic career development for NSF ADVANCE programs at Texas A&M, SREB, Cornell, Purdue, University of Toledo, UVA, Prairie View A&M, the University of New Hampshire and ADVANCE Annual PI meetings promote institutional transformations in STEM faculty development while providing diverse role models for students and faculty.
WHAT I DO
My interactive programs are geared towards empowering students and academics in the pursuit of professional and personal excellence. I work with organizations to craft programs that challenge participants to create their own educational and career trajectory, maximizing long term positive impact. The core topic areas have several components that can be emphasized in customized talks, seminars and workshops.