A full Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering, Dr. Christine Grant is the inaugural Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in NC State’s College of Engineering. She obtained her degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., Brown University; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) prior to joining NC State thirty years ago. In addition to her administrative role at NC State, Grant has provided professional leadership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as: member of the National Awards Committee, Board of Directors, Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee, member of Chemical Technology Operating Council and an AIChE Fellow. Grant is one of less than ten African-American women in the U.S. at the rank of full professor in chemical engineering. Her research and teaching has focused on interfacial phenomena and green engineering. A recipient of the AAAS Mentor Award and the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM); Grant has been recognized for broadening the participation, promotion and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM) and women in STEM. She’s received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Affairs Committee Pioneers of Diversity and Grimes Awards, Council for Chemical Research Diversity Award, the American Chemical Society’s SERMACS Diversity Award, and NOBCChE’s Winifred Burks-Houck Women's Professional Leadership, Joseph Cannon and Lloyd M. Fergusson Young Scientist Awards. A Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and AIChE, Grant has also been recognized for her advocacy for women in science by induction into the YWCA Academy of Women in Science and Technology, Sigma Iota Rho, an International Honor Society and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Grant's work in the arena of STEM policy resulted in her appointments as a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an Expert in the NSF Engineering Directorate, and a Boeing Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE). An international speaker, Grant conducts career coaching and professional development workshops across the U.S., in Ghana and Australia. The book, “Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor” (co-edited by Grant and Pritchard) by Elsevier/Academic Press and her upcoming invited book chapter entitled, “Mentors, Mentors, Everywhere: Weaving Informal and Formal Mentoring into a Robust Chemical Sciences Mentoring Quilt” (published in the American Chemical Society book, “ Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence”), are the culmination of Grant’s 30+ years work in STEM.
Professor & Associate Dean, North Carolina State University
Program Director, Broadening Participation in Engineering, National Science Foundation