2016 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull

UMBC: Associate Vice-Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland), where she is the Co-PI and Founding Director for the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) for the 12 institutions in the University System of Maryland, and Co-PI Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at UMBC. Dr. Tull has worked with thousands of students from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and in Latin America through graduate school preparation workshops that have been sponsored by AGEP, The National GEM Consortium, National Society of Black Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicano, and Native American Scientists, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Alliance/Merck Ciencia Hispanic Scholars Program. She has presented workshops on graduate school admissions, “The Success Equation,” STEM initiatives, and PhD Completion in Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and schools across the United States. Tull is on the board of advisors for the PNW-COSMOS Alliance to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students who complete STEM graduate programs, and is a speaker on “GRADLab” tour with the National GEM Consortium, giving talks around the US on Saturday mornings during the Fall. Tull researched speech technology as former member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-authored several publications on achievement in STEM fields, and is a mentoring consultant for Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, MIT, and other schools. She co-leads the “ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM” project in Puerto Rico, and the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions’ (LACCEI) “Women in STEM” forum. Tull was a finalist for the 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award, and has presented on diversity in the US, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and India. She is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer.”



Dr. Justin Boone

Dr. Justin Boone

Dr. Justin Boone was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX, then later relocated to Lake Charles, LA where he began participating in several college prep mentoring programs. Dr. Boone earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University A&M College in 2009 and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2011. He then received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University in 2013, where he conducted research in the areas of RF/Microwaves and Nanotechnology for three-dimensional structures. At Southern University, Dr. Boone was a Timbuktu Academy Scholar, an NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar, and a member of the Honor’s College.

As a graduate student at the University of South Florida and Florida International University, Dr. Boone was awarded an NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship, which required involvement in research and minority outreach activities, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship, and the NSF Graduate Research Diversity Supplement Fellowship. During the summer of 2010, he won the NSF International Research and Education in Engineering Fellowship (IREE) where he participated in a research internship at Shanghai Jiatong University in Shanghai, China.  His project focused on the evaluation and performance of solar powered dehumidifier systems for water production in dessert environments.

Dr. Boone has served as leader of several outreach activities designed to broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in science and engineering. He has also served as a panelist, moderator, and motivational speaker for graduate and undergraduate professional STEM organizations. He recently published his first book titled “The Transition: A Guide to Graduate School Success,” which focuses on encouraging more undergraduate students and professionals to pursue advanced degrees post-graduation. His long term professional goal is to continue to motivate and inspire students on their pathway to success. Currently, Dr. Boone is an RF/Microwave Engineer at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Baltimore, MD..edu.