As a star in the CEAS Department of Engineering Education (DEE), Gaskins excels far beyond the department’s mission to provide innovative teaching and learning techniques, to develop research opportunities for students and to offer student mentoring services.
NSBE is the premier organization serving African Americans in technology and engineering, recognizing distinguished industry professionals and leaders through the annual Golden Torch Award program.
The winner of the Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Golden Torch award must demonstrate exemplary service and dedication to their students, inspire students of all background and abilities to further their learning, and play an active and useful role in the community and institution. All this, while upholding a poised, articulate and active persona amidst the taxing pressures tied to a career in engineering education.
“I was highly pleased to learn I was the NSBE Educator of the Year award winner. I dedicate a lot of my time ensuring students are successful not only within CEAS undergraduate programs, but also within STEM-based Hughes High School programs,” exclaims Gaskins, a CEAS DEE professor of two years. “Every first Saturday of the month, it brings me great joy to have the opportunity to host Cincinnati STEMulates study sessions at the CEAS Engineering Research Center (ERC).”
Cincinnati STEMulates, founded underneath The Gaskins Foundation, is a non-profit community-focused program for high school and middle school students, designed with the intent to increase the number of engineers in the Cincinnati region over the next 20 years.