30th BEYA STEM Conference To Attract Over 8,000 STEM Leaders, Students, Employers, Professionals

Philadelphia to host the largest gathering of individuals committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically under-represented communities in the technology workforce.
By: Career Communications Group
Nov. 13, 2015 - PRLog -- Hosted by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, The Council of HBCU Engineering Deans, and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the 30th Annual BEYA STEM Conference will take place on February 18-20, 2016 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As the conference reaches its significant 30-year milestone, events and presentations aim to address the inequities of diversity in technology and science as a means for increasing awareness, improving attitudes, and expanding opportunities for the current and future workforce. Today, the United States graduates fewer engineers when compared to countries like China and India, at 70,000, 600,000, and 350,000 respectively. If continued, this trend will diminish our global power. Combine this with the fact that minority students are more than twice as likely to switch to other majors as are white and Asian students. In fact in 2006, just 5.2 percent of the engineering degrees awarded to U.S. citizens went to African Americans.

This event-packed three-day event unites more than 8,000 industry entrants and professionals including college representatives and leaders embodying the upper echelon in STEM.

Also included on the agenda is the Black Engineer of the Year awards ceremony recognizing the industry’s most notable achievements and accomplishments in 2015. Award recognition continues to be a powerful avenue for employers looking to acknowledge and applaud the achievements of minorities in STEM disciplines within their organizations.

The recipients of the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Awards are:

Black Engineer of the Year
Christopher Jones
Corporate Vice President & President, Technical Services
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Lifetime Achievement
John Tracy
Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Technology
The Boeing Company

Thomas P. Bostick
Command/Chief of Engineers
Headquarter U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Community Service – Government
Ken Holley
Recruiting Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories

Afrachanna Butler
Research Physical Scientist
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Community Service – Industry
Monique Smith
Mission Excellence Engineer
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector

Community Service – Industry
Charlie Dean
Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Dave Barclay Affirmative Action
Charles Williams
Senior Small Business Specialist
NASA Johnson Space Center

Most Promising Engineer – Government
Renee Reynolds
Engineering Manager, SEA 21 Fleet Technical

Naval Sea Systems Command
Delante Moore
Operations Research Analyst
United States Army

Most Promising Engineer - Industry
Larry Laws
Manager System Analysis and Support
BGE, an Exelon Company

Most Promising Engineer – Industry
Jerome Forbes
Senior Systems Engineer II

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Government
Ernest Yelder
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Industry
Shawanna Phillips
Executive Director of Technology and Service Management

President's Award
Kim McCalla
Assistant Vice President
Morgan State University

Professional Achievement – Government
Angela Holmes
Program Manager, Global Deployment Program Office
Missile Defense Agency

Professional Achievement – Government
Kelcey Shaw
Battalion Executive Officer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, 249th Engineer Battalion

Professional Achievement – Industry
Jeffrey Chavis
Assistant Group Supervisor
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Professional Achievement – Industry
Edwardo Gillison
Multi-Function Engineering of Science, Senior Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Technical Sales and Marketing
Bob Goode
Field Sales Support System Engineering Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Anbessie Yitbarek
Regional Sales Director, NE Asia, Commercial Aviation Services
The Boeing Company

College-Level Promotion of Education
Yacob Astatke
Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Morgan State University

Richard Tapia
University Professor, Maxfield -Oshman Chair in Engineering
Rice University

Student Leadership
Malachi Nichols
University of Arkansas

Special Recognition
Tuba Aktaran-Kalayci
Director Advanced Analytics, Big Data

Thierry Starr
Aviation Planner
CH2M Hill

Kristal Fears
Global Manufacturing Product Responsible
Manufacturing Engineering-Vehicle Line Manufacturing
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

John James, III
Systems Engineer Senior Staff
General Dynamics- Mission Systems

Tonesha Smith
Embedded Software Engineer Senior
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Tamara Crawford
Advanced Technical Leadership Program Senior
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Erica McClain
Ground Test- Acting DTGH Technical Lead
Missile Defense Agency

Derrick Cheston
Chief, Systems Engineering & Architecture Division

Conrad James
Principal Research Scientist
Sandia National Laboratories

Allen Compito
General Manager, Electronics and Sensors Division
The Aerospace Corporation

David Cade
Vice President, Contracting and Risk Management
The Boeing Company

Mark Braxton
Construction Project Manager
United States Coast Guard

Yuanwei Jin
Associate Professor
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Andre Evans
Midshipman First Class
United States Naval Academy
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