U.S. Secretary of Defense Acknowledges 1st African American in Space at 37th BEYA STEM Conference

The conference celebrates the achievements of individuals in STEM and promotes DE&I, highlighting trailblazers in both the public and private sectors. The U.S. Secretary of Defense was one of several high-profile guests in attendance that evening
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Lloyd Austin II, Tyrone Taborn, and Colin Parris
Lloyd Austin II, Tyrone Taborn, and Colin Parris
BALTIMORE - Feb. 16, 2023 - PRLog -- The 37th annual BEYA STEM Conference, which took place from February 9th to 11th, 2023, celebrated the accomplishments of individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within these fields. This year's conference gathered representatives from the public and private sectors to recognize significant achievements and technological advancements and discuss how diversity of thought is at the forefront of this innovation.

The conference was honored to host the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III,  who delivered a speech acknowledging the coinciding 40th anniversary of the first Black man in space, Guion Bluford, Jr. The Secretary noted that Bluford was awarded the prestigious Black Engineer of the Year Award three years after this groundbreaking achievement.

The Secretary spoke about the importance of diversity in STEM, stating that "we cannot afford to leave any talent behind, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity." He acknowledged the contributions made by individuals like Bluford and their significance in promoting diversity and breaking down barriers in STEM - flying so we can now soar.

The Secretary also spoke about current developments in STEM, highlighting the importance of emerging technologies in shaping the future. He stressed the need for continued investment in STEM education and research, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and diversity in driving innovation and progress.

The conference concluded with several awards, including the prestigious Black Engineer of the Year Award, presented to Digital Twin pioneer Dr. Colin Parris. The BEYA STEM Conference will return in 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information about the conference and the BEYA awards, please visit www.beya.org.
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