A Panel of Physicists, Engineers, Chemists, Roboticists, Coders, and Technologists discuss the future of STEM with specific focus on motivating and preparing young men to pursue STEM Professions.
Dr. Walter P. Lowe
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Walter is a well-known x-ray physicist who is a Professor of Physics at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Walter has extensive experience as a light source user, at synchrotron light sources. His area of research concentration is time-resolved structural studies of thin crystalline films. The lattice dynamics of such material systems contribute to the exotic properties typically found in nano-materials. Walter led the development team formerly known as MHATT-CAT, re-named XSD 7, responsible for the very successful Advanced Photon Source (APS) Sector 7 beamlines. The APS is located at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago.
At Howard University Walter has served in the Office of the Provost and as founding Director of the Howard University Beltsville Campus. The HU-Beltsville Campus is located in suburban Greenbelt, Maryland. He advises students in their research and teaches Electrodynamics, Physics Lab and General Physics.
Walter has served on numerous panels and committees for the DoE, NSF, NIH and the National Academy of Sciences.
Lowe received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University and his B.S. degree in physics from North Carolina A & T State University. While at Stanford he was an AT&T Bell Labs Research Fellow.
Dr. Calvin W. Lowe is Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Physics at Hampton University. He graduated from Northwest High School in Halifax County in 1972. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in physics from NC A&T State University in 1976 and the Master’s and Doctorate degrees in physics from MIT in 1979 and 1983 respectively. He began his career in higher education as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Kentucky in 1983.
Over the past 34 years, Dr. Lowe has risen through the academic ranks to Full Professor and through the administrative ranks to serve as President of Bowie State University from 2000 to 2006. He is the founder and Chief Executive of LYS Exotic Materials LLC, a company specializing in commercialization of nano-materials based on boron nitride. He is married to the former Tanya Caulder of Lexington, KY and they have two children, Maya Richardson and the late Calvin Allen Lowe. They have two grandchildren, Candun and Roman Allen Richardson.
Dr. Donald Lyons is a Hampton University physics professor. Dr. Lyons is currently working on building an artificial nervous system run by light impulses in hopes of mimicking the human body. This includes converting artificial fibers into actual nerves, which is “a very important to amputees who have lost limbs.
Lyons is a graduate of Stanford University, receiving his MS in physics in 1978 and his Ph.D., also in physics, in 1982. He joined the faculty of Hampton University in 1993 where he was named the University Endowed Professor of Physics. He also served as the director of the Research Center for Optical Physics.
Among numerous grants, contracts and patents, Lyons has also created projects for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Lyons was recognized by the Upward Bound program for directing successful programs that focus on mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
Allen W. Pierce, Sr. is a native of Halifax County. He is a 1973 graduate of Northwest Halifax High School and a 1977 graduate of NC A&T State University, majoring in Chemistry. In 1995, he earned an MBA from Duke University.
Allen has over 40 years experience in the manufacturing industry. After beginning his career with General Electric Company, Allen spent the last 30+ years of his career with Cummins Inc.
Allen Pierce began as a supplier quality engineer, progressing through numerous managerial positions to executive leadership positions in Quality and Mfg. Operations. Most recently, while based in Memphis, Tennessee, Allen led the global remanufacturing business for Cummins, with manufacturing locations in US, UK, Mexico, China, India, Brazil and Australia. During this time, Allen served on numerous community boards, including Finance Committee Chair for the LeMoyne Owen College Board of Trustees, the only HBCU in the city. Additionally, Allen served as a Cummins college recruiter and spent much time in coaching, mentoring and developing Cummins manufacturing professionals.
Currently, Allen is retired and he and his wife Brenda live in Rocky Mount, NC, but continue to have ties to their Halifax Co. roots.
Anthony Pierce received a B.S in Information Technology with a concentration in Telecommunications from the University of Phoenix as well as a M. Ed. Anthony also completed his teaching course works through Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is currently teaching Technology Engineering & Design and Robotics I & II at Hillside New Tech High School, Durham, NC. Anthony was formerly employed by Cable & Wireless and Verizon Business as a Network Engineer in Cary, NC respectively.
Anthony is an advocate for STEM in the schools. He is the VEX Robotics coach at Hillside New Tech. He is currently starting a business venture with a fellow colleague, called Triangle Robotics Center. Anthony is also the Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018 at Hillside New Tech High School.