Dr. Felecia Diane McInnis Nave, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University and is presently a member of the Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty.
She is a graduate of Alcorn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Her research interests include: Issues impacting the Recruitment, Retention, and Persistence of African-American and Women Students in STEM disciplines; Issues impacting the Professional Development, Advancement and Persistence of Women Faculty and Students in Engineering; Curriculum Development in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology; Modification of surface chemistry to achieve selective separation using functionally specified membranes and thin films; Design, development and characterization of new materials for biological applications including: (a) targeted drug delivery and (b) biosensors.
Dr. Nave has received over $3M in funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department Of Defense (DOD), ExxonMobil, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Engineering Information Foundation and PVAMU research foundation to advance both her technical and education related research agenda.
She has invested extensively in K-12 Outreach, serving as the Summer Programs Coordinator for the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering in 2009, the Program Coordinator for the STEM-Prep Enrichment Camp in 2006-2008 and Program Coordinator for the Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering 2003-2006. Dr. Nave also participates in various speaking engagements and demonstrations, encouraging K-12 students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields as well as to heighten their awareness of College and STEM in general.
Dr. Nave’s scholarship has been published and presented at local, regional, and national conferences such as the International Congress On Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM), North American Membrane Society (NAMS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Frontiers in Engineering (FIE), Faculty Resource Network Online Journal, National Association of Student Affairs Professional (NASAP) Journal, and Separation & Technology.