Carnegie Mellon University

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted its 48th annual convention in Anaheim, California, where it awarded Shawn Blanton, Carnegie Mellon University professor of electrical and computer engineering, the 2022 NSBE Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement

April 01, 2022

Blanton Accepts NSBE Lifetime Achievement in Academia Award

By Sara Vaccar

Sara Vaccar
  • College of Engineering

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted its 48th annual convention in Anaheim, California, where it awarded Shawn Blanton, Carnegie Mellon University professor of electrical and computer engineering, the 2022 NSBE Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Academia during a black-tie ceremony on March 26.

NSBE's Golden Torch Awards honor individuals, companies and institutions that have produced a consistent body of highly distinguished work, served as role models for others and advanced opportunities for African Americans within the STEM industry. The festive, high-profile event recognizes accomplishments that have enriched both engineers and the world with intelligence, talent and vision.

Blanton is a long-time NSBE advocate and decorated researcher in his field. He is the founder and director of the Advanced Chip Test Laboratory, which focuses on developing and implementing design methodologies and associated data-mining techniques for improving the fabrication, operation, security and testing of integrated systems. His work has yielded more than 200 publications and patents.

A group photo
The 25th annual Golden Torch Awards were presented at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 26 in red carpet-style.
A group photo
Over 30 CMU students attended the 2022 NSBE annual convention in Anaheim, Calfornia, along with faculty and staff. The group joined to rally Blanton as he received the 2022 Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Academia.

In 2006, Blanton spearheaded planning efforts for the NSBE national convention in Pittsburgh and accepted an Emerald Award for outstanding leadership in recruiting and mentoring minorities for advanced degrees in science and technology. He has served in many key roles at Carnegie Mellon, including interim vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, and, within the College of Engineering, acting associate dean for diversity and inclusion and chair of the diversity, inclusion and outreach committee.

"I am very honored to receive this award, but none of the accomplishments accredited to me would have been possible without the backing of the university in general, and College of Engineering in particular," said Blanton, as part of his award acceptance remarks.

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