Professional Development & Mentoring




Day 1, Session 1 -Professional Development & Mentoring 



Roundtable Presenters

Dr. Winser Alexander
Professor Emeritus of ECE
North Carolina State University

Winser Alexander is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina (NC) State University.

Winser’s professional academic experience includes 6.5 years of service at NC Agricultural and Technical (A & T)  State University and 35 years of service at NC State University

Winser has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the Graduate Advisor Committee for 23 Ph. D. graduates in Electrical Engineering and for 9 Ph. D. graduates in Computer Engineering at NC State University.  Eleven of these Ph. D. graduates were members of an underrepresented group for engineering.  He is a coauthor of a text on digital signal processing, and he has published 130 technical papers, as the primary author or coauthor, in refereed journals and refereed conference proceeding in the areas of parallel algorithms, parallel computational structures and computer architectures for digital signal processing with applications to communications, multimedia, image processing and genomic signal processing.  He has two patents.

Winser’s Awards include the 2000 Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE),  the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House Office of Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation in 1998, and the Minorities in Engineering Award for Leadership in the Conception, Organization and Operation of Precollege and College Activities to Increase Participation of Minorities in Engineering from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 1993.

Winser’s non-academic professional experience follows:

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force upon graduation from NC A & T State University in June 1964 and he was honorably discharged from the U. S. Air Force with the rank of captain in December 1969.

He served as a Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories from 7/1/1964 to 6/30/1966 and from 1/1/1970 to 1/31/1976.  He was on educational leave from the U. S. Air Force to attend graduate school during the period 7/1/1964 to 6/30/1966 when he served as a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

Winser earned the B. S.  Degree in Electrical Engineering at NC A&T State University.  He earned the M. S. Degree in Engineering and the Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico.


Leslie Camino
Sr. Director, Corporate Leadership Development, Culture, DE&I
Keysight Technologies

Leslie Camino is the senior director of corporate leadership development and diversity, equity, and inclusion at Keysight Technologies. She has advanced leadership development in the technology sector for over 20 years, working with leaders at every level to develop enterprise-wide initiatives and programs aligning talent development and culture with the company’s strategic direction. Leslie previously worked at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Kaiser Permanente. She graduated in business administration from the University of Washington and is certified in women’s leadership by UCLA and brain-based coaching by the Neuroleadership Institute.


Selu Gupta
Hardware Engineering Manager
CES Strategic Lead
Co-founder, Women in Technology @ Tektronix

Selu Gupta is a Hardware Engineering Manager and a Continuous Engineering Support (CES) Strategist at Tektronix. She has 22 years of hands-on experience and is responsible for creating the framework and processes that allow engineers at Tektronix to conceive of and build test and measurement equipment.  She started a “Women in Technology” (WIT) group at Tektronix in 2016 to foster an inclusive environment for women. The Group has now 300 members and has become an influential part of the overall Tektronix culture. While fostering networking, community and collaboration, the group has led to an increase in the number of women in engineering and leadership positions at Tektronix. The company has a female Ceo and a gender-balanced executive team.


Dr. Peter Romine, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering
Navajo Technical University

Peter Romine is associate professor and Head of the Electrical Engineering program at Navajo Technical University (NTU), a Tribal College/University (TCU) of the Navajo Nation in Crownpoint, New Mexico.  NTU is the 1st and only TCU with ABET accreditation for Engineering.  A distinction that allows NTU Engineering Graduates to compete for the same jobs and opportunities that graduates of other accredited institutions have long taken for granted.  And graduates of the NTU Electrical Engineering program have been very successful in employment as engineers with federal research institutions, employment as Robotics Engineers, and entry into graduate programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Early adoption of hands-on project-based learning with multidisciplinary teams was the key to the success of the program and the students.  His EE program seized the opportunity to participate in the 2015 and 2016 DC Makerfaires, the 2017 and 2019 Capitol Hill Makerfaires, the 2016 NASA Innovation Challenge, and the 2018 and 2019 Nation Of Makers Convening (NOMCON), plus many other Maker events.  The philosophy of the Maker Movement made sense to him and the Navajo engineering students and has been integrated into the NTU EE curriculum and teaching methodologies.  Peter requires all of his students to develop through the participation in several national engineering design competitions each semester. The level of project success, leadership and teamwork demonstrated by the NTU students is steadily growing.  He has been successful in developing dual-credit (early college) relationships with many of the high schools on the Navajo Nation and the students have been excited by the opportunity to develop their Maker identities.  This was highlighted in the 1st annual Dine’ Maker Nation – Makerfaire held spring 2019 at NTU Crownpoint. The theme was “The Evolution of the Dine’ Maker” and interwove the modern Maker Movement with traditional Navajo Crafts & Trades, culture and language


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