New doctoral program honors Percy Pierre

Nov. 19, 2021

Johns Hopkins celebrates the legacy of an educational pioneer

Percy Pierre, who spent 28 years at Michigan State University and is considered a pioneer in engineering education around the country, has been honored by Johns Hopkins University for his legacy of supporting minorities and students from underrepresented populations.

Percy Pierre
Percy Pierre

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering has established the Percy Pierre Doctoral Fellowships -- awards that will recognize outstanding incoming graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Pierre received his PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1967, becoming the first African American in the nation to earn a doctorate in electrical engineering. He went on to become the first African-American appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for Research and Development, and the first African-American appointed Acting Secretary of the Army. 

He is considered by many as the country’s principal architect of programs to recruit, retain, and graduate minorities and students from underrepresented populations in the multi-disciplinary fields of engineering.

Pierre retired from MSU in 2018 as a vice president emeritus and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Read more his Johns Hopkins honor.