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Special Recognition Honoree
By USBE Online
Aug 23, 2013, 13:11

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An award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, educator, consultant and former Navy operations specialist and instructor, Maryland native Albert E. Sweets also has a long history of community service. Sweets first began actively giving back to his community through his participation in Baltimore’s Boy Scouts Troop 282. He became the first in his troop to achieve membership in the prestigious Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Sweets went on to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1984, eventually switching over to the Naval Reserves, in which he remained until 2005.

Alongside his dedicated military career, Sweets earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University in 1994. In 1999 he achieved his master’s in project management from George Washington University. As a student and professional, Sweets has gone out of his way to mentor and assist his peers. Sweets is currently the CEO of the nationally recognized, minority-owned Innovative STEM Solutions LLC (iSTEMS), an organization that seeks to build sustainable relationships between academia, government and private corporations.

Going along with Sweets’ longtime community service initiatives, one of the primary goals of iSTEMS is to bring opportunities to urban children and adults, as well as excite them about the prospect of working in STEM programs. In 2012 he went global and helped to organize a STEM conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For the past two years Sweets has also sponsored the Ruth Golberg Design Camp, a summer communication and technology program for middle and high school students held at Arizona State University and his alma mater, Morgan State University. He also supports several extracurricular programs in the Baltimore area, and has been a mentor for K-12 school systems in Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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