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'50 Most Important Blacks in Technology' Announced for 2005
Dec 16, 2004, 13:09

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'50 Most Important Blacks in Technology' Announced for 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - The editors of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine have released the prestigious 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology list for 2005.
Honorees are chosen for this annual list based on their work in making technology part of global society. During the year that the list is publicized, its members are presented to young people as role models, and their accomplishments are upheld as examples of the important contributions made on a daily basis by the millions Blacks in high-tech jobs around the world.

The 50 Most Important exemplars will gather for a colloquium and awards dinner where increasing Black entrepreneurship, executive development, and educational readiness for the "Digital Economy" will be discussed. The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 in Baltimore, Md., as a high point of the 19th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference - the nation's premier career development and employee recognition event for Blacks in engineering, science, and technology.

The honorees will be featured in the January/February 2005 edition of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, which is distributed to the top engineering campuses and IT professionals all over the country.

US Black Engineer & Information Technology is published by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of engineering, science, and information technology. CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified minorities.

For additional information and a listing of other Conference events, please visit  A list of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology for 2005 follows.

The 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology, 2005

Rodney C. Adkins
Vice President, Development
IBM Systems and Technology Group

Paget L. Alves
President, Sprint Business Solutions–Strategic
Sprint Corporation

James R. Andrade, Ph.D.
Vice President Research and Development – Asia Pacific
Kraft Foods Inc.

Tony (Thomas K.) Brown
Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing
Ford Motor Company

Ursula M. Burns
President of Business Group Operations
Xerox Corporation

Phillip L. Clay, Ph.D.
Chancellor and Professor of City Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Norma B. Clayton
Vice President, Supplier Management
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Joseph R. Cleveland
Chief Information Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Wilmer Cooksey Jr., Ph.D.
Plant Manager, Bowling Green Assembly Plant
General Motors Corporation

H. James Dallas
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Greg Daniels
Senior Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing
Nissan North America, Inc.

Erroll B. Davis Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Alliant Energy Corporation

Martin B. Davis
Corporate Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President
Wachovia Corporation

Dallas Delaney
Operations Manager, Abbott Park Finishing Goods Manufacturing
Global Pharmaceutical Operations

Sen. Hon. Lynette Eastmond
Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development of Barbados

Monte E. Ford
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
American Airlines, Inc.

Yvonne B. Freeman, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Linda Gooden
Lockheed Martin Information Technology

Byron M. Green
Vice President, Truck and Activity Vehicle Assembly Operations
DaimlerChrysler Manufacturing

Frederick D. Gregory
NASA Deputy Administrator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wyllstyne D. Hill
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Missile Systems
Raytheon Company

Maj. Gen. Milton Hunter, P.E., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Parsons Infrastructure and Technology
Parsons Corporation

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
President, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Anthony R. James
President and Chief Executive Officer
Savannah Electric and Power Company

Gen. Frank L. Miller Jr. (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Vice President, Public Operations
Dell Inc.

Gregory B. Morrison
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Patricia A. Newby

Gen. Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Pratt & Whitney

Vallerie Parrish-Porter
Vice President – Enterprise Services
Sprint Corporation

Hon. Phillip Paulwell, M.P.
Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology
Government of Jamaica

Roy G. Perry
Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Information Systems
Storage Technology Corporation

George D. Peterson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ABET, Inc.

Cecil B. Pickett, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and President
Schering-Plough Research Institute

Noah A. Samara
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
WorldSpace Satellite Radio

H.E. Adama Samassékou
President, Committee for Geneva Phase
World Summit on the Information Society

Barbara A. Sanders
Director, Advanced Development and Engineering Operations
Delphi Thermal & Interior Systems

William D. Smith, P.E.
President, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.

Albert L. Tervalon
Director, Glass Operations
Visteon Corporation

Lydia W. Thomas, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer; Member, Board of Trustees
Mitretek Systems, Inc.

John W. Thompson
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Symantec Corporation

Lloyd G. Trotter
President and Chief Executive Officer
GE Consumer and Industrial

David G. Turner
Senior Executive Vice President
MBNA America

Belinda G. Watkins
Vice President, Network Computing and IT Operations
FedEx Services, Inc.

John Watkins Jr.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation

Edward T. Welburn Jr.
Vice President of Design, North America
General Motors Corporation

James E. West
Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Whiting School of Engineering
The Johns Hopkins University

George A. Williams
Vice President Operations, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station
Entergy Corporation

Gen. Johnnie E. Wilson (U.S. Army, Ret.)
President and Chief Operating Officer
Dimensions International, Inc.

Jacqueline D. Woods
Vice President, Global Licensing and Pricing Strategy
Oracle Corporation

Alfred W. Zollar
General Manager, Tivoli software
IBM Corporation 

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