The 31st annual BEYA STEM Conference took place February 9-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), the company behind BEYA STEM, is a leader in promoting opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Hosted by CCG’s USBE magazine, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the engineering deans of 15 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and sponsored by Aerotek, the BEYA STEM event is a talent-rich environment for recruitment, networking, and professional development.
The three-day conference included seminars, and a STEM job fair, which provides access to major employers who have appeared in USBE magazine’s “Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering” list.
Employers are from various sectors, including aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, oil and gas, weapons and military and commercial electronics, document management, consumer goods, and high-technology products in numerous areas, including HVAC, fuel cells, elevators and escalators, fire and security, and building systems, among others.
“An engineering icon”
The 2017 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) went to veteran educator Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch for bringing about progress in higher education during his 50-year career. As dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University, he earned a reputation for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students since its inception in 1984.
Prior to beginning his service at Morgan, Dr. DeLoatch spent 24 years with Howard University. His last assignment was as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering, a position he held for nine years. At the time of his historic election to the presidency of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2002, he became the first African American to hold that position.
Dr. DeLoatch also served as dean of the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which plays a key role in the progress of minorities in American science and technology.
‘New Legacy Awards’
In addition to the Black Engineer of the Year Award, the highest honor given at the BEYA STEM Conference, more than 100 scientists and engineers received thirty-one Category and new Legacy Awards.
Previously, winners recognized at the HBCU Engineering Deans Power Breakfast at the BEYA STEM Conference were presented with a Special Recognition honor.
Beginning in 2017, award winners celebrated at the HBCU Deans Breakfast will receive awards that are named after top Black Engineers of the Year, who have excelled in entrepreneurship, federal information technology, public engineering services, business transformation, aviation, higher education leadership, and research science.
The Black Engineers of the Year with awards named after them include, Linda Gooden, Albert J. Edmonds, Joe N. Ballard, Rodney C. Adkins, Donnie Cochran, John Brooks Slaughter, Anthony R. James, and William R. Wiley.