Delaware State University’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology will present Howard Conyers, a NASA rocket engineer, as a guest speaker at 7 p.m. April 25 in Parlor A of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus, 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover.

Conyers’ guest lecture is titled “Push Past Your Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams.” The lecture is part of the CMNST Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series and is free and open to the public.

Conyers earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Duke University at age 27 in 2009, becoming one of less than 20 African-Americans in the country to earn this degree. That same year, he joined NASA as a structural dynamicist at the Engineering and Test Directorate at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

He recently served as the principal investigator and project manager for the High Dynamic Range Stereo-X project. The two-year, $574,000 proposal to advance high-speed, high-dynamic range video was one of four awarded agency-wide by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Early Career Initiative in October 2014.

Conyers is a product of North Carolina A&T University, where he earned a bachelor and master’s degrees, both in bioenvironmental engineering

Conyers has been featured in publications, including Southern Living Daily South, the New Orleans Magazine, the Advocate and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Conyers was named a fellow of the National Food and Beverage Foundation in 2016.