About our Vice-President, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young

Crumpton-Young photo Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young accepted her current position of Vice-President of Research and Institutional Advancement on July 1, 2016 after having served over two years as Associate Vice-President of Research and Sponsored Programs.  She maintains the role of  Chief Research Officer as well.  She is the recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) which she received from President Obama in 2010. She is the founder and CEO of Powerful Education Technologies, a company dedicated to enhancing the personal and professional development of youth and adults throughout our nation. She is the creator of the You've Got The Power! Workbook series dedicated to empowering individuals to unleash the greatness that exists within them. Also, she is currently working on developing the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) which will provide research and resources for helping faculty improve their performance and productivity. 

She has coauthored a workbook entitled "Advancing Your Faculty Career" which is helping faculty members around the country. Also, she is a certified Life and Career Coach who uses her knowledge and experience to help further the career of female faculty. She previously founded the Power Promise Organization a non-profit entity dedicated to helping students realize the promise of a brighter future.

Dr. Crumpton-Young received her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University; where she was the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. Dr. Crumpton-Young-Young received the 2006 Outstanding Women of Color in Science and Technology Educator Award and the 1999 Janice A. Lumpkin, Educator of the Year Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers. Also, Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young received the 1997 Black Engineer of the Year Education Award which is given to the one candidate whose qualifications place him/her in the ranks of the nation's highest achievers in the field of engineering. She has served on the NSF CEOSE Committee, Engineering Advisory Committee and the Army Science Board for our country.

Previously, Dr. Crumpton-Young served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation.  Also, she served as Associate Provost at Texas A&M University. She also served as Department Head and Professor of the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida. At UCF she received the Trail Blazer award for being the first female to serve as a Department Head within the College of Engineering. Prior to joining UCF, she held the position of Associate Dean of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) where she was the first female to serve as Associate Dean of Engineering. Also, she was one of the first females to receive the Hearin-Hess Professor of Engineering Award.

Also, Dr. Crumpton-Young served as the developer and director of the Ergonomics/Human Factors Experimentation Laboratory during her tenure at Mississippi State University.  In addition, she is an active researcher in the area of modeling Human Systems under Dynamic conditions. For example, her various research interests include: faculty development, STEM education, mentoring, curriculum reform, STEM leadership development, human performance modeling and analysis, human reliability analysis, human fatigue assessment and modeling, use of virtual reality and computer simulation in ergonomics design and analysis, design of displays and controls, workplace design; carpal tunnel syndrome prevention and control; and workplace redesign for disabled persons. Dr. Crumpton-Young received the CAREER development award from the National Science Foundation for her research on Developing Engineering Criteria for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. In addition, she received the outstanding industrial paper award for her research entitled: An Investigation of Cumulative Trauma Disorders in the Construction Industry, at the Seventh International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference.  She has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research projects and published hundreds of scholarly publications. Her research has been externally supported by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, NASA, and Department of Education; also, she has worked on many industrial research projects with sponsorship from companies such as UPS, IBM, Caterpillar, Intel, Garan Manufacturing, Southwest Airlines, and Lockheed Martin.