About Dr. Trina Fletcher
Dr. Trina L. Fletcher is an Assistant Professor at Florida International University and has extensive experience across industry, the non-profit sector and academia when it comes to underrepresented minorities (URMs) and women in engineering and computing education. Her research areas include diversity, equity and inclusion within K-12 STEM education and the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on the production of Blacks in STEM. Additionally, Dr. Fletcher is focusing on how proven industry best practices, such as Six Sigma, can be used to recruit and retain women and minorities in engineering and computing for both higher education and industry. She is currently a steering committee member for EngineerGirl, an initiative by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to increase the number of girls going into engineering. She is also an associate editor for the Journal for Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering (JWM). Prior to FIU, Dr. Fletcher worked for Johnson and Johnson and served as the Director of Pre-college Programs for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Within that role, Dr. Fletcher planned and managed a team and annual $3 million budget that provided free access to STEM education for thousands of minority students across the United States. Dr. Fletcher currently serves as Principal Investigator for two different grants totaling over half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation focused on researching the best practices in STEM at HBCUs and the impact of COVID-19 on the institutions. She also works as the lead faculty member for research linked to programming through the Center for Diversity and Student Success in the College of Engineering and Computing (CD-SSEC) at FIU.