Black Engineer,BEYA,Black Technology,Black Engineering,Black Entrepreneurs
    Last Updated: Aug 11th, 2014 - 18:02:47 Check E-Mail | Careers | About Us | Blog | SUBSCRIBE Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Career Communications Group Magazines

Diversity TV
Women's History Month Role Models
RSS Feed
HBCU TechNet

Quick search
Type search term(s) for
articles, places or events,
then hit enter
Advanced Search

Articles older than two
are available in our
Archives back to 1990.
(free search and retrieval)


Interested in Advertising on our Job Board?
Black Engineer provides black technology news and information about black engineering, black entrepreneurs, black technology, black engineers, black education, black minorities, black engineer of the year awards (BEYA) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) from black community in US, UK, Caribbean and Africa. Find out more about your reader demographics, web-traffic, and valued added client services.
Click here to contact us.

Women's History Month Role Models

Professional Achievement in Government
By USBE Online
Mar 19, 2014, 17:59

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Powered by Career Communications Group


*With 16 years of service behind her, Lt. Commander Zeita Merchant, executive officer, Marine Safety Office, Texas City, U.S. Coast Guard, has served in exemplary roles during an era requiring critical responses at sea. Ricardo M. Alonzo, commanding officer, Marine Safety Unit, recalled Dr. Merchant’s recent involvement with the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, the nation’s first declared Spill of National Significance.

“In April 2010, LCDR Merchant was selected as a Strategic Planner for the first National Incident Command (NIC) for the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. The NIC coordinated inter agency efforts on a wide variety of issues responders faced, and dealt with high-level political and media inquiries.

Later that October, her expertise was needed for the response once again to lead a team of government and private sector Ph.D.-level scientists charged with analysis of scientific monitoring and sampling operations of oil and dispersant onshore, offshore and in deep water during the response. Also during her tenure as executive officer, she has provided vital leadership as Deputy Incident Commander on marine incidents including an offshore collision of two loaded chemical tankers resulting in internal and external damage to both vessels, a 1,900 gallon heavy fuel oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a complex joint inter agency boarding on a foreign vessel that resulted in the unit’s first ever narcotic seizure valued at over $1.3 million dollars, Alonzo explained.

In addition to her operational expertise, LCDR Merchant is an impeccable role model. She was hand-picked as the face of the Coast Guard for a high-visibility partnership with the Houston Port Authority and Texas Southern University’s Maritime Transportation Program. She serves on the university’s Maritime Industry Advisory Board and has served as a guest speaker numerous times at their Summer Transportation Maritime Academy. As the Coast Guard’s Ambassador to the University, LCDR Merchant has “enhanced outreach and recruitment of well qualified students in the areas of science, engineering, technology, operations, logistics, and mathematics,” Alonzo said.
comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Promoting STEM

The development of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers is integral to America's advancement. Career Communications Group publications--US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine and Women of Color magazine--offer a blueprint for continued growth and success in STEM fields by highlighting progress and people at all stages of the STEM pipeline; from the college student taking his first engineering courses to the senior executive managing the projects that will change the ways we live.

About CCG

A Unique Company Providing Unique Opportunities Career Communications Group, Inc. was founded 25 years ago with a unique mission: To promote significant achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professional careers. We are a socially conscious diversity media company that recognize the mandate to inspire and promote excellence in our youth by telling the stories of the thousands of unheralded people striving for success. The people we reach provide top employers a unique opportunity to fulfill their mission of hiring this country’s most promising talent. We offer inspiring magazines, award-winning syndicated television programs and national conferences to reach hundreds of thousands of students and professionals who share these traits: A determination to succeed and the commitment to be personally responsible for that success. Their attitude of self-empowerment creates a unique hiring environment for companies and other organizations seeking top talent to diversify and strengthen their workforce.