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OSU Engineering Grad Student Honored Nationally

Lamkin recognized for leadership excellence

March 30, 2011
Story by Caitlin Kinser, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER - Darron Lamkin, a first-year industrial engineering graduate student at Oklahoma State University, was awarded the Leadership of Excellence Award at the 2011 National Society of Black Engineers conference. Lamkin, one of 300 nominees, was chosen based on his involvement in the organization and in the community.

“I’m so humbled to be nominated,” Lamkin said. “I worked extremely hard.”

Lamkin currently serves as a regional parliamentarian for NSBE. In May, he will become a regional chair, covering Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Before serving as parliamentarian, he was president of the NSBE-OSU chapter which was recognized as “2008 regional chapter of the year.”

Aside from his involvement in NSBE, Lamkin spends much of his time giving back to his community. He founded the non-profit organization Class Matters in August 2010, which is targeted toward teenagers and focuses on professional and academic development, and the promotion of engineering, technology and mathematics.

He started the organization after giving speeches to underprivileged kids through the Trio Program at OSU. He realized he wanted to help teenagers by providing inspiration and teaching life lessons.

“The world is bigger than yourself, so the best way to grow is by impacting your community because helping others is what it’s all about.”

After acquiring his masters, Lamkin plans to pursue a Ph.D. in educational psychology and technology so he can understand why people think the way they do. He would like to serve as a diversity recruiter for universities. Lamkin currently works as a student assistant at Edmon Low Library. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, bowling and writing poetry.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring11/darron.htm
Last Updated: 06 April 2011

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