February 23, 2020
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Bryan Kent Wallace. Dr. Wallace is currently an Assistant Professor of physics at Fisk University. Dr. Wallace’s career has been dedicated to the upward mobility of underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM related curriculum.
Bryan Kent Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Grambling State University in Grambling, LA where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics;. He then attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN and earned Master of Science in Plasma Physics. He earned his Ed.d. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Wallace is currently Assistant Professor of physics at Fisk University. He is also a Primary Investigator for Fisk University’s Rocket Science Program, entitled Altitude Achievement Missile Team (F.A.A.M.T). This program was built from scratch to compete in a NASA competition wherein the students design, build, launch and recover a sounding rocket carrying a scientific payload to an altitude of exactly one mile. In its first year of this competition, Fisk University Placed 4thoverall, and Placed 2nd, in reaching the one-mile target altitude.
Legacy - Improving STEM Education for underserved and underrepresented populations
Dr. Wallace’s career has been dedicated to the upward mobility of underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM related curriculum. Dr. Wallace has a long history of engaging youth and adult learners with the goal of positively impacting their sense of self efficacy in being full participants in STEM and STEM related careers. Dr. Wallace engages in extensive work pipelining university students in to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers as well as engaging in mentoring programs aimed at building self-efficacy in under-represented populations in K-12. The goal of these efforts is to encouraging them to become full participants in their STEM curriculum and eventually go into STEM related careers.