Alabama A&M University Chair:

Dr. V. Trent Montgomery, P.E.

Prior to joining Alabama A&M University as the Massie Chair of Excellence, Dr. Montgomery was professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.  Dr. Montgomery obtained his B. S. Degree in Electrical Engineering at Southern University, M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and his Ph. D. degree from the University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Montgomery spent more than 22 years at Southern University as a faculty member and administrator in the College of Engineering. 

While at Southern, he taught a number of courses in electrical engineering and computer science.  During these years, Dr. Montgomery also obtained extensive work experiences at IBM and AT&T Bell Labs.  In addition to teaching, he was responsible for managing the scientific computing facility (an IBM 4341 computer) at the University.  Additionally, Dr. Montgomery was also responsible for the engineering library facility. 

As Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Montgomery established several professorships, enhanced the scholarship program by 75 percent, completed plans for a new engineering building, hosted a regional meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, and increased research and publications by a factor of ten.  Dr. Montgomery increased the number of outreach programs and the number of women and minority students involved in these programs.  Along with a colleague at LSU, Dr. Montgomery was successful in establishing a joint professor program between the colleges of engineering at Southern University and Louisiana State University. 

After leaving the deanship, Dr. Montgomery served as director of the Hanford Environmental Science and Engineering Consortium (HESEC).  HESEC was a joint venture of six minority institutions and the Hanford Nuclear site.  The consortium provided research and educational experiences for faculty members from member institutions. 

Dr. Montgomery served on numerous committees and boards during his tenure at Southern University.  The list includes the Baton Rouge Ethics Board for Engineering and the board for High School for Engineering Professionals (HSEP). 

Dr. Montgomery joined Alabama A&M University in 1996 with a goal of establishing a new program in electrical engineering.  As chairman of the new department, he was successful in developing the curriculum, building labs and increasing the enrollment. Three years after his arrival, he led an effort to get accreditation for all three engineering programs.  Following that, the Dean assigned Montgomery the task of developing the program and coordinating activities to build a building to house all components of the School.  He worked with architects and contractors to complete the task in two years. 

During the next several years, Montgomery worked to further enhance enrollment and develop specialty labs for the electrical engineering department.  Today, the department is proud to display a class ‘1000’, 2500 square foot, microelectronics fabrication laboratory and a Failure Analysis, Characterization and Testing (FACT) Laboratory. 

Dr. Montgomery was selected as the Dean of the School in 2006.  Since that time, he has been involved in strengthening the curricula of all academic programs within the School.  Two additional programs, construction management and a master degree program in engineering, have been developed.  Montgomery has increased the number of scholarships available to undergraduate students and the number of research opportunities available to graduate students. 

Dr. Montgomery is very active in many professional organizations and community projects and is a registered engineer in the State of Louisiana.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Louisiana Engineering Society (LES), the Association of Computing Machines (ACM), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). 

A Discussion with Dr. Montgomery  on Program Goals

“Our Massie Chair Program at Alabama A&M University seeks to establish a multi-disciplinary research team and training program that combines the expertise in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science.  Our program focuses on the following specialized areas: (i) development and characterization of advanced room temperature nuclear detectors; (ii) modeling and simulation of the flow systems in the next generation nuclear reactor s; (iii) training and supporting top minority students to participate in the research activities at Alabama A&M University and DOE national laboratories; (4) collaboration with DOE national laboratories and other universities to tackle  advanced research and education challenges. In the past, present, and future, we always hope more and more students will be trained and get involved in the Massie Chair activities that help them join the nation’s workforce successfully. ” 

 

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