***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.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hooray for the Underwater Brother!!

When it comes to mythbusting excellence, Cullen Jones, member of the 2008 US Olympic swim team, fits Black Engineer's bill.

Jones, first-ever African American to hold or share a world record in swimming, was the third leg for the US quartet that won the Beijing 4x100 Freestyle Relay in remarkable style.

So what do black swimmers and black engineers have in common? Well, we could discuss the thermodynamics of a body moving through a liquid. But let’s not. In a word: diversity.

Like Black Engineer magazine, who want to improve diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, Cullen Jones, wants to do the same for black kids in swimming . The top swimmer, who is breaking cycles and world records in the sport, is also making a splash about water safety with the USA Swim Foundation.

Talent, drive and opportunity are equal parts in the success of a record-breaking black swimmer and an innovative black engineer . Nuff said. --Frank McCoy.