This February, Felicia Jones won the Rodney O’Neal Legacy Award and took center stage at the BEYA STEM Conference for her hard work.

The award is named after a trailblazing production engineer, who retired as CEO of Delphi Automotive and was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Jones is a global electric vehicle product engineering manager at the Ford Motor Company, but to her colleagues and friends, she is known as the expert of back-end cloud development and computing.

During her 15-year career at Ford, Jones has developed a blend of IT and systems engineering expertise, managing software solutions, building teams from the ground up and meeting and exceeding deadlines.

In her current role, she leads a team of engineers and computer scientists in designing customer mobility solutions for the electric vehicle program. Her work has been critical in leading the way for Ford’s cloud-based solutions on a global scale.

Her impact and expertise have touched several Ford products and services, including MyFord Mobile, Lincoln Way, Ford Pass, and all of Ford’s Electrified Vehicle lineup, making her a qualified selection to manage a global team to support Ford’s first enterprise-connected vehicle platform.

In 2011, Jones received the highest technical honor at Ford, the Henry Ford Technology Award, for her work in the launch of the Smart Inventory System. She also helps create programs and experiences of Ford’s African Ancestry Network (FAAN) as the vice president of the company’s first employee resource group.

Nominations are now open for the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA)

The BEYA Selection Committee will meet this fall to review nominations for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) employee recognition program, now in its thirty-fifth year.

Category awards include Career Achievement, Community Service, Educational Leadership – College-Level Promotion of Education, Lifetime Achievement, Most Promising Engineer/Scientist, Outstanding Technical Contribution, Professional Achievement, Research Leadership, Student Leadership, and Technical Sales and Marketing.

The deadline for nominations is August 31st. Click here to apply.

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