The MIT Corporation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s board of trustees, has elected NSBE’s Leslye Miller Fraser as a full-term member. Her five-year term began on July 1. Fraser is one of 12 full-term, partial-term or life members elected to the 73-member board this year.
NSBE has played a large role in Fraser’s life. She became a charter member of the Society’s MIT chapter as a chemical engineering undergraduate at the Institute in 1976, the year after NSBE was founded at Purdue University. She also met her husband of 38 years, Darryl, another NSBE lifetime member, at MIT. With NSBE’s support and inspiration, they excelled academically and went on to very successful professional careers. The couple was selected as NSBE’s 2018 Dr. Arthur J. Bond Lifetime Members of the Year this past March.
Leslye earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from MIT and worked at an aerospace company for nine years before enrolling in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she earned a J.D. with honors. She joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1995 as a staff attorney and went on to serve in a number of high-level posts with the EPA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She retired in 2016 as an environmental appeals judge for the EPA, the first person of color to hold that position.
Fraser remains active in her retirement, serving as national president for the African American Federal Executive Association, as national co-chair of the STEM Committee for The Links, Incorporated, and with Darryl, as co-chairs of their church’s College Ministry. They have two adult children, Brittney and Michael, who also were NSBE members at Stanford University and MIT, respectively.