Conversations in Representation. We believe in the truth of the adage that "You can't be what you can't see," especially when it comes to academic and career opportunities for youth of color.
The goal of All the Colors is to help bridge the race and gender gap in science, technology, manufacturing, and other high-end careers and workforce opportunities by introducing children and young adults to people of diverse backgrounds who work in a variety of fields. Through interviews conducted by youth, the series will strive to tell the stories of different professionals and to inspire youth through their journeys to becoming the accomplished and passionate individuals who these adults are today.
Each video will include companion resources and educational material and the entire series will be archived by searchable categories that educators and others working with youth can easily access and share.
Dr. Sylvia Thomas, USF Engineering
Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and former Assistant Dean for the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. Dr. Thomas received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, as an NSF Materials Research Center of Excellence Fellow. Dr. Thomas was a National Science Foundation (NSF) research engineer in Korea at Chonbuk National University. She holds two patents and has over twelve years of industry experience, assisting in the success of such companies and organizations as Agere Systems formerly Lucent Bell Labs, the National GEM Consortium, ITT Technical Institute, Kimberly Clark Corp., IBM, and Procter & Gamble. Dr. Thomas is also the USF GEM Consortium Representative and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Mentor.
Sylvia Wilson Thomas, Ph.D. leads the Advanced Materials Bio and Integration Research (AMBIR) laboratory at USF. Dr. Thomas's research and teaching endeavors are focused on advanced materials for alternative energy sources, sustainable environments, aerospace, and bio-applications from the micro to the nanoscale. Her research explores the synthesis and device integration of inorganic and organic thin films and nanofibers. Thomas’ research group specializes in characterizing, modeling, and integrating materials that demonstrate high levels of biocompatibility, thermal reflectivity, mechanical robustness, and environmental sustainability, such as carbides, sol-gel coatings, high-temperature oxides, and mucilage. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and fosters collaborations with Chemical and Biomedical, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Public Health, Medicine, and the Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC).
Related links: Advanced Materials Bio & Integration Research Laboratory