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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Boeing Joins Billion Dollar Roundtable

Boeing has become one of the newest members of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization that brings together corporations in the telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and retail industries that achieved spending of at least $1 billion annually with minority- and woman-owned suppliers. Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing director of Supplier Diversity for its Integrated Defense Systems business, will represent the aerospace company on the roundtable's board of directors.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Honeywell Buys Black-Owned Tech Firm for $230 Million

When big money talked, an African-American businessman had to listen. But the CEO, a serial entrepreneur, may be heard from again.

Cornell University and HBCU Library Alliance to create digital library

Hampton, Southern, Tennessee State, and Tuskegee and are part of a group of 10 historically black colleges and universities selected to participate in the initial phase of a project to digitize and make available on institutional Websites a wide variety of records reflecting the history of America’s black colleges. Cornell University Library has been awarded a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with the Historically Black College and Universities Library Alliance in an initiative that will lay the foundation for a future HBCU digital library.


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Friday, May 25, 2007

2007 Black Engineer of the Year named Senior Vice President at IBM

Rod Adkins has been named Senior Vice President, Development and Manufacturing for IBM Systems and Technology Group. In his new position, Adkins will be responsible for the company's global systems and technology development, as well as IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center and semiconductor manufacturing operations. Company sources have described the recent promotion as " the logical next step in the continuing integration of IBM's systems and technology development and operations." Rod Adkins was the recipient of the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Award.


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CCG names NASA Glenn's Woodrow Whitlow "Scientist of the Year "

Career Communications Group announced today that Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., Ph.D., center director of NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center, has been named the 2007 Scientist of the Year, an annual award sponsored by Career Communications Group’s Minorities in Research Conference. The Scientist of the Year award represents a recognition of merit, broad effect on people in many disciplines, and value to society as a whole.


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University of Maryland is Leading Everyone to an Abundant Future House

University of Maryland’s LEAFHouse is planned to go up against 20 other universities in the 2007 Solar Decathlon to be held at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The bi-annual competition, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, centers on all of the ways in which we use energy in our daily lives—at work, at home, and at play.


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GM scholarships for outstanding minority engineering and science students

The General Motors Minority Engineering and Science Scholarship Program is offering a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 to Black, Hispanic, or Native American students majoring in engineering or science with a preference given to mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial and chemical engineering, or other closely related engineering or science majors. All applications should be received no later than August 24, 2007.


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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Career Communications Group announces new Editor-in-Chief

Career Communications Group (CCG), publisher of USBE Online and other diversity and technology Web sites, today announced the appointment of award-winning journalist Frank McCoy as Editor-In-Chief.


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Women of Color Spring Online Edition

Career Communications Group's Women of Color magazine launches its premier Spring Online Edition.

Boeing Leads List of 66 Companies

The fifth annual survey by USBE&IT magazine has identified 66 private-sector and 53 government and nonprofit organizations that the deans of ABET-accredited HBCU engineering programs and the board members of the corporate-academic alliance, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE), consider to be most supportive.


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SCE's new distribution circuit expected summer 2007

Consumers are using more electricity in more ways than ever before to power complex, sensitive computerized equipment in the workplace and at home. However, many of the grids supporting America’s high-tech culture are still low-tech, employing technologies developed decades ago. Edison International Chairman John E. Bryson today predicted smart grid technologies pioneered by Southern California Edison could one day help prevent cascading power blackouts.


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FSU research promises new powerful lightweight body armor

Heavy armor that do as much blocking bullets as they do injuring the wearer will soon be a thing of the past. Florida State University is leading the way in development of lightweight military body armor. FSU researcher Okenwa Okoli is working on a whole new set of body armor - made out of nanotubes.


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Adventures in Engineering at Hampton University

Hampton University (HU) recently hosted the fifth annual Adventures in Engineering event. Kids from grades five through eight practiced building architectural structures with candy and toothpicks. But it is not all games. Engineering professionals share their career experiences, speak about educational courses and opportunities, and take questions the children and parents may have.


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2001 Black Engineer of the Year receives Vannevar Bush Award

The National Science Foundation has chosen Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to receive the 2007 Vannevar Bush Award. A leader in higher education and and in government, Dr. Jackson was selected to receive the annual award from the National Science Board for her lifetime of contributions in science, education and public policy. In addition to her Bush award Dr. Jackson, the first Black female Ph.D. out of M.I.T. and first African American to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was named Black Engineer of the Year by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2001. She was the first woman to receive the award in its 21-year history.


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Thursday, May 10, 2007

NACME announces new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), the nation’s largest private source of scholarships for Black, Native American and Hispanic women and men in engineering and technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail as Executive Vice President and COO.


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Siemens Closes Acquisition of UGS; Introduces Business as UGS PLM Software

UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, recently announced the close of its acquisition by Siemens AG effective May 4. As a result, the business will go to market as UGS PLM Software, a global division of the Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) Group.


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Friday, May 04, 2007

Online Advertised Job Vacancies Rise reports Conference Board

In April there were 176,700 online advertised vacancies for engineering jobs. Between April 2006-April 2007 advertised vacancies increased 24 percent for the nation as a whole. The total online job ads were 4,365,000 in April, an increase of 610,600 or 16 percent from March, according to the Conference Board Help-Wanted Online Data Series. There were 2.9 advertised vacancies online for every 100 persons in the labor force in April


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General Motors honors Johnson Controls as Supplier of the Year

Johnson Controls, Inc. , a leading global supplier of automotive seating, interior components and batteries, was recognized by General Motors with its top honor – the Supplier of the Year Award – for its overall business performance in providing the automaker with world-class parts and services during 2006. The supplier won its award for supplying vehicle interior systems and parts, as well as batteries to GM locations around the world.

Study says Pay Gap Exists as Early as One Year out of College

Most women and men (89 and 87 percent respectively) are employed within a year following graduation. Most new college graduates are at the beginning of their careers and typically don't have extensive professional experience. Yet, one year after college, female graduates working full time earn only about 80 percent as much as male graduates earn, according to an examination of the gender pay gap for college graduates released recently.

Boeing Leads List of 53 Companies

The fifth annual survey by USBE&IT magazine has identified 53 private-sector and 66 government and nonprofit organizations that the deans of ABET-accredited HBCU engineering programs and the board members of the corporate-academic alliance, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE), consider to be most supportive.

Investing in the Future through Black Colleges

Research contracts, senior executives working closely with the deans of engineering at Black colleges to promote mutual goals, patent and equipment donations, faculty fellowships, scholarships and internships are just some of many areas of partnerships with HBCUs. The eleven engineering schools of the ABET-accredited programs at the nation's historically Black schools make a big impact. The colleges graduate a third of the Black engineering students in the United States each year.