Marcus A. Huggans is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He was educated in the University City and Lutheran Parochial school systems. He graduated in 1991 from Lutheran High School North.
Marcus completed his engineering studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 96, an MS in Engineering Management in 97, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management in 98. He was one of the first African-American males to earn a Ph.D. in this discipline from the University. For his Ph. D. dissertation, Huggans conducted a study to determine if different Internet-based study aids helped students of different learning styles under the advisors Dr. Halvard E. Nystrom and Dr. Harvest L. Collier. The title of his dissertation was “The Impact of Learning Styles Using Web-based Asynchronous Distance Learning to Enhance Instruction by Electrical Engineering Students.” His findings indicate that not everyone thinks and learns in the same way and being aware of the variations in learning styles can help professors improve their teaching environment and students test scores. Marcus conducted his research as a GEM fellow through the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Inc, sponsored by Texas Instruments.
Dr. Huggans has had a variety of job opportunities. He has worked for 3M Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Department of Justice-Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Texas Instruments Inc (TI). He began his professional career at TI in 1996 as an intern in the Digital Light Processing Group where he was a software engineer. Marcus developed C algorithms to test the color integrity of DMD projectors to enable them to handle hue transitions. In December of 1998, Marcus joined TI full-time as a member of the Technical Sales Associate program. He has worked in Technical Training Organization (TTO) developing technical workshops for Digital Signal Processors (DSP) customer and catalog products. He has also worked as a Technical Information Specialist in the Product Information Center (PIC) supporting customers worldwide.
Dr. Huggans transitioned from Technical Sales to Strategic Marketing/New Product Development for the PanelBus Division in May 2000 where he helped evaluate and influence TI’s next generation features that will power display technologies like HDTV’s, LCD Monitors, and Digital CRTs. Finally at TI, he worked in an applications engineering role for four years evaluating consumer electronics and multi-media IEEE 1394 products and supporting US and international customers. Dr. Huggans ran his own real estate company while teaching Marketing, Management, and Mathematics at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Huggans also worked at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) as the Director of the Student Diversity and Academic Support Program. Under his leadership, UMR has experienced unprecedented growth in the recruitment of under-represented minorities students in the areas of science and engineering. Currently, he works for the National GEM Consortium (GEM) under the direction of Ms. Michele Lezama. At GEM, Dr. Huggans recruits and conducts programming to encourage under-represented minority students to pursue their graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics (STEM) fields.
Currently, Dr. Huggans resides in Dallas, TX where he is happily married to his lovely wife Melanie, and he is a proud father of his daughter Hannah and son Ellis. In his spare time, he enjoys attending church, working with elementary, high school, and college students, and studying various investment vehicles. He also enjoys real estate investing, stocks and options, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Huggans believes that all individuals need to take control of their financial future. It is not the vehicle that will make you financially independent; it is the dedication to it.
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be Peace in the World.