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William E. McHenry, Executive Director Mississippi e-Center, Jackson State University

William E. McHenry, Executive Director Mississippi e-Center, Jackson State University

Listen to the Talk 2 Brazil interview by Tom Reaoch with William McHenry  on LA Talk Radio, September 30, 2013: PLAY or DOWNLOAD
William talks about the Mississippi State Delegation visit to Brazil led by Governor Phil Bryant. Joning in the converstion will be Dean Richard Alo and Assistant Dean for International Affairs Patricia Ann Jernigan.
William E. McHenry, Executive Director of the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University and Professor of Organic Chemistry, was born in Camden, Arkansas and attended Southern Arkansas University (B.S., Chemistry 1972) and Mississippi State University (Ph.D. Synthetic Heterocyclic Organic Chemistry 1977).  Dr. McHenry serves on numerous committees include the University of Kentucky’s “Systemic Thinking for Sustainability” to Harvard Universities’ Converge Center Advisory Board of Directors.
Before his current appointment, Dr. McHenry served in the Executive Office of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs with responsibilities that included state-based student financial aid (for two years – 2004 and 2005) and Oklahoma’s Endowed Chair program. 
He served as Assistant Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Education 1997 to 2004, and as National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officer (1990-1996) where he implemented the NSF’s “crown jewel” broadening participation program – the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.
He came to NSF from Mississippi State University where he served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School (1988 – 1990) and Associate Professor of Chemistry (1977-1990). Dr. McHenry has authored chapters in books on topics that range from ketenimines to mentoring.
Dr. McHenry is married to Ms. Barbara Phillips and they have two grown children – Melanie N. McHenry who recently earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Jackson State University and William E. McHenry, II who is entering his 3 rd year in law school at Tulane University.  His wife is an educator in the Jackson Public Schools.

Richard A. Aló is the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. 
 Prior to joining JSU he was Program Director in Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.  Before attending graduate school, he was a Retrofit Systems Test Engineer for the Command, Control and Interoperability tasks of the US Air Force’s Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) System at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories. 
He earned his MA and Ph.D in Mathematics with minor in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by one year Lecturer position.  He was a member of the mathematics faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University for 11 years followed by six years as Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. 
He was selected as the 2002 Educator of the Year by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement and Awards Conference (HENAAC). He has published over 150 research papers. His primary research and educational interests are computational science applications, fuzzy logic, grid computing, cyber infrastructure tools, automated reasoning and decision making. 
He is currently a Co-PI for the DHS Center of Excellence for Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Network Environments (VACCINE) and also serves as its Assoc. Director for MSI outreach.  Prior to his detail at NSF, he was PI on the NSF CI-TEAM Implementation award:  Minority Serving Institutions – CyberInfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC); co PI, NSF Cyber Infrastructure Net Science; and is co PI on the NSF Broadening Participation award, Computing Alliance for Hispanics and co PI on NSF BPC: Advancing Women to the Professoriate.

Patricia Ann Jernigan, Assistant Dean for International Affairs at Jackson State University recently visited Brazil as part of the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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