What is the "NAM J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture" Series?

The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture series was inaugurated in 1994 during NAM's Undergraduate MATHFest IV at North Carolina A&T. It is named in honor of Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. (November 27, 1923 -- May 12, 2011), an internationally recognized nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician.

J. Ernest Wilkins was known in the press as the "Negro Genius." Wilkins received his B.S. degree as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at the age of 16, his M.S. degree at age 17, and his Ph.D. degree at the age of 19. Although he has been highly praised as a superb practitioner of his crafts, Wilkins is also widely recognized and acclaimed as a highly productive scholar, having published more than 80 journal articles and having produced an additional 22 unpublished reports for the Atomic Energy Commission. Wilkins is the only African American mathematician-engineer elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

         

The inaugural lecture was given by Wilkins himself. The Lecture is to be given annually at the Undergraduate MATHFest, a conference for which Wilkins was a frequent attendee.


Suggest the Next J. Ernest Wilkins Lecturer!

We welcome nominations for future Wilkins Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:

  • Wilkins Lecturers should be prepared to present a research talk to a general audience of undergraduate majors in the mathematician sciences.
  • We prefer speakers who have not given a Wilkins Lecture in the past.
  • We seek a diversity of speakers. Please remember that our intended audience will feature a diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, age, and mathematical subject matter.

E-mail your nominations here:

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Past NAM J. Ernest Wilkins Lectures


MathFest XXVII: September 29 - October 1, 2017 at Medgar Evers College (Region A)

TBA


MathFest XXVI: November 10-12, 2016 at Morgan State University (Region B)

Jonathan David Farley (Morgan State University)

TBA


MathFest XXV: October 29-31, 2015 at Morgan State University (Region B)

Speaker unknown


MathFest XXIV: Cancelled

N/A


MathFest XXIII: November 8-9, 2013 at Texas State University (Region C)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XXII: November 1-3, 2012 at Morgan State University (Region B)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XXI: November 3-5, 2011 at Dillard University (Region C)

Gaston N'Guerekata (Morgan State University)

TBA


MATHFest XX: November 18-20, 2010 at Miami Dade College (Region A)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XIX: November 12-14, 2009 at the University of District of Columbia (Region B)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XVIII: November 13-15, 2008 at Texas Southern University (Region C)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XVII: November 8-10, 2007 at Spelman College (Region A)

Dawn Lott (Delaware State University)

Diary of a MAD Black Woman


MATHFest XVI: November 9-11, 2006 at Howard University (Region B)

Beverly Anderson (University of the District of Columbia)

The Life and Legacy of Professor James E. Joseph


MATHFest XV: November 10-12, 2005 at Texas Southern University (Region C)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XIV: October 7-9, 2004 at Morehouse College (Region A)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XIII: October 20 - November 1, 2003 at Delaware Statue University (Region B)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XII: October 2002 at Southern University of New Orleans (Region C)

Speaker unknown


MATHFest XI: October 4-6, 2001 at Florida A&M (Region A)

Bernard Mair (University of Florida)

Mathematics in Tomography


MATHFest X: October 26-28, 2000 at Morgan State University (Region B)

Scott W. Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)

TBA


MATHFest IX: October 21-23, 1999 at Texas Southern University (Region C)

Richard Tapia (Rice University)

Some Applications in Computational Science


MATHFest VIII: October 21-23, 1998 at Benedict College (Region A)

Louis Dale (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

The K-Closure of Monic and Monic-Free Ideals in a Polynomial Semi-Ring


MATHFest VII: October 23-25, 1997 at Elizabeth City State University (Region B)

Johnny L. Houston (Elizabeth City State University)

Some Results and Problems in Discrete and Computational Geometry


MATHFest VI: October 24-26, 1996 at Xavier University (Region C)

Isom Herron (Rensselear Polytechnic Institute)

The Fluid Motion


MATHFest V: October 26-28, 1995 at Clark Atlanta (Region A)

Earl Barnes (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Eigenvalues and Graph Coloring


MATHFest IV: October 13-15, 1994 at North Carolina A&T (Region B)

J. Ernest Wilkins (Clark Atlanta University)

Real Zeros of Random Polynomials


MATHFest III: October 21-23, 1993 at Southern University (Region C)

No Speaker


MATHFest II: March 18-20, 1993 at Spelman College (Region A)

No Speaker


MATHFest I: November 1991 at Hampton University (Region B)

No Speaker