***Coming This November: US Black Engineer magazine's 2008 Diversity edition will spotlight the careers of some of the most prominent blacks in Information Technology in Q&A profiles.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Security Clearance Required!

How would you like to qualify for a bonus of $5--10,000 at your very first job? Just as importantly, how would you like to qualify for a promotion? In fact, how would you like to qualify for a job in the first place? It all may depend on having a security clearance.


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Military Values Lead to Lester L. Lyles' Business Success

In February 2003, General Lester L. Lyles, commander of the Air Force Material Command, received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. He left the Air Force at the end of 2003, but Generals don't really retire, of course, and neither did General Lyles. He immediately put his skills to work as a consultant to government and private clients as head of his own consulting company, The Lyles Group based in northern Virginia.


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NSBE kicks off Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA

The 2006 annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) kicked off Wednesday, March 29, in Pittsburgh, PA. The 3-day conference which ends April 2nd, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the largest student-managed organization in the country. General session speakers include - Dr. Randal Pinkett, president and CEO of BCT Partners and winner of "The Apprentice"; Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Other highlights are a College and Graduate School Fair; the 9th Annual Golden Torch Awards Hosted by Ed Gordon; and a Comedy show. NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters.


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Olabisi Boyle Knows the Importance of Staying Positive

Olabisi Boyle is a woman who believes it is important to accentuate the positive, and she has much to be positive about. Today she is senior manager for Dodge SUVs in Truck Engineering at DaimlerChrysler Corporation, responsible for leading the product team's business objectives for strategy, budget, timing, and quality. But her life hasn't always been easy, and a childhood tragedy could have left her feeling anything but positive if she had let it.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

MIT Race, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Technology Conference

Experts drawn from clinical research, nursing, sociology, anthropology, and history will discuss drugs like BiDil -- the first medication approved and marketed for treating diseases of specific racial and ethnic groups -- at a major conference on the promises and pitfalls of new racial therapeutics in medicine. The MIT Race, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Technology Conference will be held Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2006 at the MIT Faculty Club. Topics for discussion will include minority populations on trial, histories of racial therapeutics, race in the market place and law, commerce, and racial drugs. Troy Duster, a sociologist who has actively mentored more than 65 Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American Ph.D. students, will give the keynote address: "The Molecular Reinscription of Race.”


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Monday, March 27, 2006

Esther Johnson Named Job Corps National Director

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday the appointment of Esther R. Johnson as the new national director of the Office of Job Corps, within the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Johnson, a seasoned government executive with considerable career public service experience in education and employment policy, is the first African-American woman to head the Job Corps in the program's 41-year history.


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The Covenant with Black America Premieres in the #6 Spot on New York Times Book Review

The Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays on education, economics, health, law, and closing the racial digital divide, has debuted in the #6 spot on The New York Times’ nonfiction paperback best-sellers list. The Covenant simultaneously hit the No. 1 spot at online booksellers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders days after millions viewed a discussion of its content broadcast live on C-SPAN on Feb. 25. The Covenant is the first non-fiction book by a Black publisher to reach the best-seller list.


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NAFEO's 31st Annual Conference on Blacks in Higher Education

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) will hold its 31st Annual Conference on Blacks in Higher Education, March 22-26, 2006 at the Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, with leadership from five CEOS of the region's institutions - Edward R. Jackson of the Southern University System, Ronald V. Mason, Jackson State University, Beverly Hogan Tougaloo College, Clinton Bristow, Jr. Alcorn State University, and George C. Wright Prairie View A & M University. This year's conference has as its theme, "Black College and University Community-Saving Our Schools, Revitalizing Our Communities, Meeting Our International Needs."

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Designing Bridges by Day, Writing Books by Night

Engineering and novel writing aren’t that different according to Varian Johnson, a licensed professional engineer who has published his first novel, Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid. “In engineering, you solve problems for your client. In writing, you create problems for your characters. In both cases, it takes imagination and ingenuity to come to a successful resolution, whether it be a bridge spanning a creek or a perfect, fairy tale ending.”

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A Business Primer: The Key Elements of Leadership and Character

The topic of corporate ethics---or, more specifically, the lack thereof---has become such a staple in our daily news diet that we could be forgiven for thinking that corporate greed and dishonesty have replaced hard work and trustworthiness as acceptable American business values. But don't believe it, says Carol Hall, corporate vice president of Work Force Diversity at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

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Minority Business Partnerships Are Part of the Plan at Texas Instruments

It's one thing to talk about the importance of being inclusive, but it's something else to actually make it happen. At Texas Instruments (TI), doing business with minority- and female-owned businesses is working successfully for a couple of important reasons.

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The Makings of a Minivan:Traveling in a Buick Terraza

If you are in the market for a minivan, you have clearly decided that some features are more important to you than others.

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