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Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford received the Black Engineer of the Year Award at the BEYA Gala on Saturday for his outstanding efforts to mentor the next generation of American engineers, technicians, and technologists. Over the last 34 years, the BEYA Conference has exposed more than 100,000 students to role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

As the Army’s chief information officer and G-6, Lt. Gen. Crawford reports both to the secretary of the Army as CIO, and also to the chief of staff of the Army as G-6.

The Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 posted photos taken at the event on their Facebook page. The caption reads:

The 24th Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville present Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, Army Chief Information Officer with the 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts to mentor the next generation of American scientists, technologists, and engineers during the 34th annual BEYA awards gala in Washington D.C.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Lt. Gen. Crawford was commissioned through South Carolina State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on May 28, 1986, after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

During his 33 years of service, LTG Crawford has served in leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. In previous assignments, he served as commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, director of C4/Cyber and Chief Information Officer, U.S. European Command, commanding general, 5th Signal Command (Theater); and G-6, U.S. Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The 2014 photo shows Crawford, as commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronic Command, discussing the future with students during a mentoring session at the 31st annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.

During the BEYA 2020 event, Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford participated in a panel focused on cybersecurity and mobility. He spoke about reimagining the tech workforce of the future, risk management framework reform, and data migration efforts.

Hosted by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, The Council of HBCU Engineering Deans and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the 34th Annual BEYA STEM Conference took place on February 13-15, 2020, at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The event-packed three-day event unites thousands of students, college representatives, professionals, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The agenda includes seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, and the conference’s popular career fair, which provides access to leading employers. Also included on the agenda is the Black Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony recognizing notable achievements and accomplishments in STEM.

More than 10,000 men and women have been nominated for the Black Engineer of the Year Awards; 957 have received category awards, and 34 have been selected as Black Engineer of the Year.

The three-star Army general becomes one of a select number of active-duty officers to be named Black Engineer of the Year since 1987. Uniformed officers who have received the prestigious engineering award during Black History Month include Captain Donnie Cochran (1989), Lt. Gen. Albert J. Edmonds (1996), and  Lt. Gen.  Joe N. Ballard  (1998).  See the full list of Black Engineers of the Year here.

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