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Black Engineers of the Year Lloyd Howell, Christopher Jones, Alicia Boler Davis, and Eugene DeLoatch were among dozens of BEYA winners and supporters at the 2019 BEYA Gala.

Anthony Mitchell (center), the winner of the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Award, said he was proud of the community of black engineers, which provides a forum to shepherd the next generation. Mitchell is the third Booz Allen Hamilton executive to be crowned Black Engineer of the Year.

Howell (left in the group photo) is an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and the 2011 Black Engineer of the Year. Not shown is Reggie Van Lee, the first Booz Allen executive to win the top award in 2008.

Christopher Jones (second from left) is Northrop Grumman Corporation’s only top winner to date. The corporate vice president made history in 2016 as the first Northrop Grumman employee to be named Black Engineer of the Year.

A year after receiving the Black Engineer of the Year Award, Alicia Boler Davis, former executive vice president at General Motors, was back to grace the traditional “Pass the Torch” at the BEYA Gala.

“BEYA provides exposure, experience, training, and support to the STEM workforce, which is important in this world of rapidly advancing technology and science,” Boler Davis said.”The BEYA community will have a great example to follow in the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year.”

Standing next to the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year is BEYA Chairman Tyrone Taborn, and, Booz Allen Hamilton President and CEO Horacio Rozanski (first right).

“Throughout, Tony has stayed relevant, thrived, and contributed,” Rozanski noted. “An engineer’s engineer, he looks at every problem not as an obstacle but as something he could take apart and put together in ways that worked better than before.”

Also present was the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year, Eugene DeLoatch, co-founder of the BEYA STEM Conference and dean emeritus of Morgan State University’s Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering.


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