AUC Alumni in Action
Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)
To date, approximately 3,000 Atlanta University Center students have made the Dual Degree Engineering Program a part of their matriculation. Whether aerospace, agricultural or architectural, biomedical, civil or computer science, electrical, mechanical, robotics or structural engineering, DDEP’s forever mission is to increase the number of minority engineers in the world market. Our students come from different backgrounds and span the globe, but they seek to diversify the industry with their talent and presence. We want to share some of the stories and successes of our students and our program.
Prince Abudu Morehouse College
Named a 2016 International Rhodes scholar, Prince is a fourth-year computer science student and is an unabashed optimist and highly motivated student leader who has an amazing commitment to excellence. He has demonstrated great interest in technology as evidenced by attaining a first prize in a hackathon for a mobile application prototype. Learn more about Morehouse’s fourth Rhodes scholar.
Frank Adams Clark Atlanta University
A CAU physics dual degree major who now attends North Carolina AT&T for his engineering degree, Frank received the UNCF/Target Rising Stars scholarship, a $5,000 award for sophomores at UNCF HBCUs who excel as leaders in the classroom and make a difference in their campus and communities. Watch Frank’s UNCF video.
Kevin Carpenter Morehouse College
Chief Supply Chain Officer,The Toro Company
Kevin is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for The Toro Company. In his role, he has responsibility for procurement, manufacturing, order services, transportation, safety, quality, service, and productivity for products that generate approximately $5 billion of revenue.
He previously served as Vice President of Operations for Residential and Light Commercial Systems at Carrier, and held other leadership positions in the organization including Vice President of Quality and Continuous Improvement and Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing.
Prior to joining Carrier, Carpenter was Vice President of Manufacturing Services at Rockwell Automation, Inc. He also held earlier Engineering and Operations roles at General Electric, Magna International, Nexxus Lighting and General Motors/Delphi.
Kevin has a proven track record of outstanding leadership and operational expertise. He has transformed organizations to enable companies to experience revenue and earnings growth by driving operational excellence in the integrated supply chain. Kevin is presently a board member of the Engineering Dual Degree/AUC Atlanta University Consortium, and a former board member of the Urban League Cleveland (2016-2019). He has also recently received notable awards and recognition as a 2022 Most Influential Black Executive by Savoy Magazine, and recipient of the 2022 Supply Chains to Admire.
For over two decades, Kevin has provided inclusive access through mentorship and internship opportunities to students of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, National Society of Black Engineers, and the National Black MBA Association to name a few. He has provided approximately $3M in corporate support National Black MBA Association to name a few. He has provided approximately $3M in corporate support to fund students ability to attend conferences, job fairs, and professional development training.
Kevin holds a Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Youngstown State University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, with a Minor in Mathematics, from Morehouse College. He also completed Finance for Senior Executives at Harvard Business School in 2021, holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Ashland University, and two design patents in the Electrical industry.
Christian Griffith Morehouse College
Jeana Griffith went to the stage eight times to stand in for her son Christian. A third-year student at Morehouse, Christian was playing in a SIAC baseball game against Paine College. At the 39th Annual AUC Consortium Dual Degree Engineering Program Networking Event & Awards Ceremony, where there were more than 200 students, family, friends and corporate guests, Mrs. Griffith represented one of the afternoon’s most outstanding students. Currently, he is attending partner engineering institution Rochester Institute of Technology.
Joshua Mann Morehouse College
At Morehouse, Joshua majored in applied physics, earning a 3.96 GPA. Now finishing up his second bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, soon he will be starting a master’s of science program in aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University, the latest in a series of steps toward his dream: a job designing rocket engines that could one day take humans to Mars. Read more about Joshua in IBT’s article, “Why More Blacks Engineers Aren’t Being Hired in Silicon Valley.”
Nzinga Tull Spelman College
Nzinga was born to be an engineer. After all, engineering is the family business. Tull’s father, Knox W. Tull Jr., a civil and structural engineer, co-founded Seabrook, Maryland-based, Jackson and Tull, a full-service technology company that provides services in aerospace, manufacturing, national security, robotics, civil engineering, and information systems. Find our more about Nzinga.