The Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference has gone all-digital this year and will take place February 11-13. Hosted by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), the company behind BEYA, the conference is a leader in promoting career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The BEYA STEM event is a talent-rich environment for recruitment, networking, and professional development. The three-day conference includes seminars, workshops, and a job fair. Recruiters are from various sectors, including aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, oil and gas, weapons and military and commercial electronics, document management, consumer goods, and high-technology products.
There are tons of events planned for the all-digital BEYA weekend, but you must register to take part in the virtual career fair, the pre-college STEM event, Modern Day Technology and Trailblazer Recognition Luncheon, Stars and Stripes, HBCU Engineering Dean’s Power Breakfast, and the BEYA Awards Gala. In between all these signature events are professional development seminars and workshops led by industry leaders.
BEYA is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the engineering deans of fifteen ABET-accredited HBCUs, Aerotek, and CCG’s US Black Engineer magazine, which will feature more than 200 award winners.
The 2021 Black Engineer of the Year is Gerald Johnson, an executive vice president for global manufacturing at General Motors (GM).
Johnson leads GM’s global manufacturing operations, manufacturing engineering, and labor relations organizations. He is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and reports to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
In addition to the Black Engineer of the Year Award, the highest honor given at the BEYA STEM Conference, more than 100 scientists and engineers will receive category and legacy awards.
Previously, award winners recognized at the HBCU Engineering Deans Power Breakfast at the BEYA STEM Conference were presented with a Special Recognition honor. Beginning in 2017, award winners celebrated at the HBCU Deans Breakfast receive awards that are named after Black Engineers of the Year, who have excelled in entrepreneurship, federal information technology, public engineering services, business transformation, aviation, higher education leadership, and research science.
The Black Engineers of the Year with awards named after them include Linda Gooden, Albert J. Edmonds, Joe N. Ballard, Rodney C. Adkins, Donnie Cochran, John Brooks Slaughter, Anthony R. James, and William R. Wiley.