2014 Annual GEM Conference

2014 GEM Annual Board Meeting and Conference Highlights
San Diego, California

Hilton Bayfront


GEM convened the 2014 Annual Board Meeting and Conference on August 13-15 at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego Hotel, San Diego. The conference was structured to engage GEM Representatives in mission-forward discussions and take action through board vote on strategic items during the board meeting; while prospective and current graduate students attended workshops, participated in a technical presentation competition, and took advantage of networking opportunities with representatives during the opening baseball game & reception, and closing speed interviewing dinner cruise.


Attendees enjoyed the Opening Reception during the San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies game at Petco Park.

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San Diego Harbor was the setting for a relaxing dinner cruise that included a high energy speed interviewing session between prospective and current graduate students and GEM representatives.


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Annual Board Meeting Vote Results

The following voting items “passed” during the 2014 Annual Board Meeting:

  1. Approval of 2013 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – PASSED
  2. Change to Distribution of Employer Sponsored Fellowship Funds from $1.5K to $2.5K to
    Overhead – PASSED
  3. Approval of 2014-2015 GEM Annual Budget – PASSED
  4. Approval of Fellowship Program Initiatives

– University Fellows Policy – PASSED

– Engineering Research Center Model – PASSED

– Collaborative Research Model – PASSED

  1. Approval of 2014-2015 Executive Committee Slate – PASSED

Technical Presentation Competition

Students competed for cash awards in the GEM Technical Presentation Competition, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University, by presenting their MS or PhD level research. This year’s winners by category are:


Master’s Level

1st Place – Syndney Jenkins, Louisiana State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2nd Place – Ranysha Ware, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

3rd Place – Tyrone Harris, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Ph.D. Level

1st Place – Kene Akametalu, University of California-Berkeley, Corning Incorporated

2nd Place – William Tomlinson, Northeastern University, Draper Laboratories

3rd Place – Corey Baker, University of Florida, Intel Corporation

Pictured: Dr. Eric Evans (GEM Board President), Maurice Ball (Chair), Tyrone Harris, William Tomlinson, Corey Baker, Kene Akametalu, Syndney Jenkins, Dr. Marcus Huggans (GEM)

Pictured: Dr. Eric Evans (GEM Board President), Maurice Ball (Chair), Tyrone Harris, William Tomlinson, Corey Baker, Kene Akametalu, Syndney Jenkins, Dr. Marcus Huggans (GEM)

And the GEM 2014 Award Winners are…

Implementation of the GEM mission relies heavily on the volunteerism of our Employer and University Representatives.  Each year GEM honors those who have made significant contributions to the Consortium:

GEM Employer Representative of the Year – William “Bill” Kindred, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

GEM University Representative of the Year – Sonja Montas-Hunter, Ph.D., Florida International University

GEM Executive Committee Member of the Year – Alan C. Mingo, IBM Corporation

GEM Executive Committee Member of the Year – Frank D. Schimmoller, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

GEM Standing Chair of the Year – Romayne Botti, Carnegie Mellon University

GEM Standing Chair of the Year – Tiffany Simon, Ed.D., Columbia University

GEM Fellow of the Year – Loretta Cheeks, Arizona State University

GEM Alumni Member of the Year – Eric Huey, Ph.D., Florida International University, Intel Corporation

GEM 2014 Awardees Huey Montas-Hunter

Pictured: Bernard Batson (USF), Terrence Buck (GEM Standing Chair), Eric Huey, Ph.D., Michele Lezama (GEM Executive Director), Marcus Huggans, Ph.D., (GEM), Sonja Montas-Hunter, Ph.D.

GEM Welcomes New University Members

Congratulations to our new University Members, voted in at the 2014 GEM Annual Board of Directors Meeting!

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A SINCERE THANK YOU to our 2014 Annual Conference Sponsors!


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