Assistant Director of Education and Outreach
University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States
Ashley J. Wallace, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), an NSF-funded center for materials science research, at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the immediate past Diversity and Education Coordinator for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB), an NSF-funded science and technology center.
Dr. Wallace obtained a BS in Chemistry from Southern University and A&M College (SUBR) and her doctoral degree from the Department of Chemistry at THE Ohio State University (OSU), where she designed self-assembling amphiphilic materials for early detection of cancer tumors via MRI under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Goldberger. Upon completing her doctoral program, she realized her desire to combine her love for science with general education. In her current position, Dr. Wallace’s scientific repertoire and commitment to developing a new generation of scientific leaders for an ever-evolving workforce is shown through managing a well-versed portfolio of programs. She is also heavily involved in the development and implementation of policies that support diversity initiatives and fosters a culturally inclusive scientific community.
Aiming to promote and increase public awareness of STEM relevance in society to communities that are disproportionally underserved, Dr. Wallace has held a number of leadership roles as an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers Greater Philadelphia Professionals (NSBE GPP) Chapter and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). In 2020, she successfully organized NOBCChE’s first all-virtual national conference, and was awarded the 2020 NOBCChE Presidential Award, recognizing her for her leadership as an advocate for underrepresented communities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In 2021, Dr. Wallace was elected to be serve NOBCChE as an Executive Board Member.
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Monday, February 7, 2022
1:30 PM – 2:10 PM