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Hosted by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, the Council of Engineering Deans of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the 36th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) will take place February 17-19.


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The conference’s prestigious awards continue to provide employers with the opportunity to celebrate achievements and inspire a new generation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Below are the 36 men and women who have been named Black Engineer of the Year, with their job titles and affiliations in the year of the award.

The 1980s

John Brooks Slaughter, 1987 Black Engineer of the Year (Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park)
Erroll B. Davis, 1988 Black Engineer of the Year (President of Wisconsin Power & Light Co.)
Donnie Cochran, 1989 Black Engineer of the Year (U.S. Lieutenant Commander, Blue Angels)

The 1990s

Arlington W. Carter, 1990 Black Engineer of the Year (Vice President and General Manager, Missile Systems Division, Boeing
Guion “Guy” Stewart Bluford, 1991 Black Engineer of the Year (NASA Astronaut)
Arnold F. Stancell, 1992 Black Engineer of the Year (Professor of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)
James W. Mitchell, 1993 Black Engineer of the Year (Analytical Chemistry research department head, Bell Laboratories)
William R. Wiley, 1994 Black Engineer of the Year (Principal Executive, Battelle Memorial Institute)
Walt W. Braithwaite, 1995 Black Engineer of the Year (Vice President, Information Systems, Boeing Commercial Airplane group)
Albert J. Edmonds, 1996 Black Engineer of the Year (Director, Defense Information Systems Agency)
Arthur Johnson, 1997 Black Engineer of the Year (Corporate Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Joe N. Ballard, 1998 Black Engineer of the Year (Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Paul Caldwell, 1999 Black Engineer of the Year (Chairman and General Manager, Mobil Producing Nigeria)

The 2000s

Mark E. Dean, 2000 Black Engineer of the Year(Director, IBM Research Laboratory)
Shirley Ann Jackson, 2001 Black Engineer of the Year (President and CEO, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Rodney O’Neal, 2002 Black Engineer of the Year (Executive Vice President of Delphi Automotive Systems)
Lydia Thomas, 2003 Black Engineer of the Year (President and CEO, Mitretek Systems)
Anthony James, 2004 Black Engineer of the Year (President and CEO, Savannah Electric)
William D. Smith, 2005 Black Engineer of the Year (President, Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade & Douglass)
Linda C. Gooden, 2006 Black Engineer of the Year (President, Lockheed Martin Information Technology)
Rodney C. Adkins, 2007 Black Engineer of the Year (Vice President, Development, IBM)
Reginald Van Lee, 2008 Black Engineer of the Year (Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton)
Wanda M. Austin, 2009 Black Engineer of the Year (President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation)

The 2010s

John D. Harris, 2010 Black Engineer of the Year (Vice President, Contracts and Supply Chain, Raytheon)
Lloyd Howell, 2011 Black Engineer of the Year (Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton)
David L. Steward, 2012 Black Engineer of the Year (Chairman of the Board, World Wide Technology, Inc.)
Freeman A. Hrabowski, 2013 Black Engineer of the Year (President, University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Stephanie C. Hill, 2014 Black Engineer of the Year (President, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin)
Ed T. Welburn, 2015 Black Engineer of the Year (Vice President of Global Design, General Motors)
Christopher T. Jones, 2016 Black Engineer of the Year (Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Technology
Eugene DeLoatch, 2017 Black Engineer of the Year (Dean Emeritus, Morgan State University, School of Engineering
Alicia Boler Davis, 2018 Black Engineer of the Year (Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, General Motors)
Anthony Mitchell, 2019 Black Engineer of the Year (Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton)

The 2020s

Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford, 2020 Black Engineer of the Year (U.S. Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6)
Gerald Johnson, 2021 Black Engineer of the Year, General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing

The 36th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) will take place February 17-19.


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