Talina Knox, assistant director of the Murray Center for Women in Technology at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) received the 2006 President’s Award from Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN). The award was presented at WEPAN’s annual conference held earlier this year in Pittsburgh.
Awardees were selected based on their contribution to the annual conference. Knox served as conference chair. “The job of producing a conference is an incredible undertaking,” said Linda Scherr, outgoing WEPAN President. This year the WEPAN Board asked the conference committee to respond to a number of significant changes in how the conference was previously run.
“I was truly honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Knox. “It means a lot to me coming from an organization like WEPAN. That’s because the group’s goals and missions are closely tied to those of the Murray Center.”
At NJIT, Knox, a Hillside resident, consistently works to foster diversity within the university. For two years, she co-chaired the NJIT Affirmative Action/Human Relations Council and currently serves as an active member of the committee on women's issues. She trains, mentors and supports NJIT students and serves as advisor to the NJIT Society of Women Engineers (SWE) collegiate section, Sigma Psi Kappa and Lambda Tau Omega Sororities as well as being an informal mentor to the National Black Society and Hispanic Society of Engineers groups on campus. Knox has served on the WEPAN conference planning committee in various capacities since 2003.
In the fall of 2005, Knox was the recipient of the NJIT-Constance A. Murray Diversity Award named in honor of Murray, the former dean of students at NJIT. Murray devoted her life to enhancing opportunities for all people, especially minorities and women. The annual award is presented to an individual who has compiled a significant and sustained record of achievement in fostering diversity.