Gaskins is Esteemed as NSBE Educator of the Year

By: Shannon Frohme
Date: April 25, 2016

College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) professor, Whitney Gaskins, PhD, is honored as the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) 2016 Golden Torch Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award recipient.


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.

Gaskins in the classroom

Gaskins continues, “It is a beautiful thing to be recognized for my life-long commitment to ensuring students’ success, especially those students who do not have a support system at-home that can help them through a STEM curriculum.”  

"Professor Gaskins continues to impart wisdom into her students,” says CEAS construction management freshman and student of Gaskins, Sincerrari Gentry. “She encourages the inquisitive mind to always look for solutions and understand the problems faces by engineers. In fact, this quote from Robert John Meehan—a famous American educator and poet—precisely depicts professor Gaskins’ dedication to her students’ success:


Our teaching should always be artfully crafted. It should impart something that is in itself sacred to the senses of our students. - Robert John Meehan