Dean Emeritus DeLoatch Honored at COMTO Luncheon

Dean Emeritus Dr. Eugene DeLoatch is honored at the COMTO luncheon.Dean Emeritus Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch was the honored guest at the 6th Annual Economic Development and Transportation Leadership Luncheon, sponsored by COMTO-Maryland, held on Nov. 18, 2016.

"When I came out of school, less than one-half of 1 percent of engineers were African-American," Dr. DeLoatch said in his remarks. "A lot of people I knew were very capable of doing it, but they didn't know anything about it."

Today, 5 percent of all engineers are African-American, and 15 historically black colleges and universities have engineering programs. "These are national resources," Dr. DeLoatch said.

Thanks to his vision and influence, Morgan State University is the leading producer of African-American engineers in the country. In 2002, Dr. DeLoatch was elected president of the American Society for Engineering Education -- the first and only African-American to date to achieve that position in the more than 100-year-old organization.

Dr. DeLoatch, who has a master's degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in bioengineering, recently retired after 32 years as the Dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell School of Engineering at Morgan.Odunmorayo Abujana is the winner of the 2016 Ronald L. Freeland Scholarship.

COMTO also honored Odunmorayo "Joseph" Abujana as the recipient of the 2016 Ronald L. Freeland Scholarship award for his academic accomplishments at Morgan. A senior transportation studies major, Abujana is interested in highway engineering and intelligent transportation systems.