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US Black Engineer and Information Technology (USBE) magazine has released the 2017 list of top supporters of historically black college and university (HBCU) engineering.

Each year, USBE surveys the deans of the 15 ABET-accredited HBCU engineering programs, and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE), for the annual “Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Schools” list.

Representing just 2.3 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States, HBCUs are a source of pride and accomplishment for the African American community as well as the entire nation. According to Veronica Nelson, who was appointed executive director of AMIE in March 2017, HBCUs are a rich resource for talent in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“They currently produce 30 percent of all African American engineers in the country and they provide high-quality graduates who are prepared to produce innovative solutions for the most challenging problems,” she said.

The Top Supporters survey asks HBCU Engineering deans to list corporate and government/non-profit organizations that provide the most support to their schools. In completing the survey, the institutions consider the following factors: support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research and mentoring projects, participation on advisory councils, faculty development, scholarships, student projects, stipends, co-ops, and career opportunities.

Based on the results of this survey, employers and agencies are recognized by USBE Magazine for having gone above and beyond to meet presidential executive orders. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed an Executive Order, which established a federal program “… to overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment and to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality education.”

Commenting on the Top Supporters survey, Tyrone D. Taborn, publisher and chief content officer of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine says, “We are consistently finding organizations that are doing more than their share in building the STEM pipeline.”

“There is a critical need to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in STEM in the United States,” said Ms. Nelson.  “HBCUs play a key role in generating the knowledge, innovation and diverse talent required to grow our businesses and maintain/increase our global competitiveness,” she said.

Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering 2017

To mark the 15th year of USBE Magazine’s Top Supporters survey, supporters have been ranked in five hierarchies based on the number of survey mentions since 2003. For 2017, there are 394 employers in USBE’s All-Time Top Supporter ranking system, which features five tiers based on how many times the organization has appeared on the list:  Diamond (14 annual appearances), Platinum (13-9), Gold (8-6), Silver (5-3), and Bronze (2-1).

Diamond – Industry

Apple Inc.
The Boeing Company
Corning Incorporated
General Motors Company
IBM Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Raytheon Company

Diamond – Government

U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Energy

Platinum – Industry

Abbott Laboratories
Caterpillar Inc.
Chevron Corporation
Duke Energy Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC)
Ford Motor Company
General Electric
DCX Technologies (formerly Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)
Intel Corporation
Merck & Co
Microsoft Corporation
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
Shell Oil Company
Southern Company
Texas Instruments Inc.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing NA
United Technologies Corporation
Xerox Corporation

Platinum – Government, Nonprofits

Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE)
Battelle Memorial Institute
Louisiana Board of Regents
National Security Agency
National Science Foundation
Naval Air Systems Command
Naval Sea Systems Command
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Naval Research
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Navy

Gold – Industry

Alabama Power Company
Altria Group, Inc.
Black & Decker (now a Stanley Black & Decker Company)
BP America
Cummins Inc.
Deere and Company
Dominion Resources Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
Entergy Corporation
General Dynamics Corporation
Harris Corporation
HDR, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls, Inc.
L-3 Technologies (formerly L-3 Communications)
Nucor Corporation
Parsons Brinckerhoff
PPG Industries, Inc.
Pratt & Whitney
Rockwell Collins, Inc.

Gold – Government, Nonprofits

Central Intelligence Agency
Florida Department of Transportation
General Electric (GE) Foundation
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Louisiana Dept. of Transportation
Missile Defense Agency
National Nuclear Security Administration
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
U.S. Army Research Office

Silver – Industry

Alcoa Inc.
BAE Systems
Booz Allen Hamilton
Delon Hampton & Associates
EDS (formerly HP Enterprise, now DXC)
Eli Lilly and Company
Dell EMC
Embarq (now CenturyLink)
Exelon Corporation
The Freelon Group, Inc.
Freescale (now part of NXP Semiconductors)
Harley Davidson
Huntington Ingalls Industries
JPMorgan Chase
Malcolm Pirnie (now Aracdis)
Medtronic, Inc.
Meridian Management Group (now part of Michelin U.S.)
Moog Inc.
Motorola, Inc.
State Farm
TRW Automotive
Union Pacific Corporation
Whiting & Turner Construction
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Silver – Government, Nonprofits

Alabama Department of Transportation
The State of Alabama
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Brookhaven National Laboratory
D.C. Water and Sewer Authority
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Federal Highway Administration
Golden Leaf Foundation
GE Foundation
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Maryland State Highway Administration
MeadWestvaco Foundation
Michigan State University
The MITRE Corporation
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Purdue University
The Riverside Foundation
Sandia National Laboratory
Tennessee Valley Authority
Texas Dept. of Transportation
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Command
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Army Materiel Command
Virginia Dept. Of Transportation

Bronze – Industry

Adtran, Inc.
Advanced Systems Research, Inc.
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Allstate Corporation
Alps Automotive, Inc. (now Alps)
Amcom Software
Ansoft Corporation (now Ansys)
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
ATK Aerospace Group
Balfour Beatty Plc
BarrierMed, Inc.
Barton Mawlow Construction
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Black Hills Energy
Black & Veatch
Boston Scientific Corporation
BP America, Inc.
BWXT Y-12 (now Babcock and Wilcox)
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.
Canadian National Railways
Center Point Energy Inc.
Cisco Systems Incorporated
CiviTech Engineering, Inc.
Clark Construction
Constellation Energy
Cytec Industries
Danfoss Turbocor (Danfoss)
DCES Educational Services
Disney Resort
Dynatech International
Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists (EGS)
Florida Power & Light
Francis-Mustoe & Company
The Gas Company
GE-Engine Services
GEM Consortium
Genesis Energy
Gilbane Building Co. (part of Gilbane Inc.)
Gotama Building Engineers, Inc.
Greenberg Farraw
Gresham, Smith, and Partners
Guidant Corporation
Holcim US
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
iAM Solutions
IMS Engineers
Ingersoll Rand
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc.
Integrated Management Services, P.A.
ITM Partners
Jackson Walker LLP
KBR Building Group
KCI Technologies
KOR Electronics (now Mercury Systems, Inc.)
KWAME Building Group, Inc.
LA Info Technology Imitative
Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (now part of UPS)
MarketSource, Inc.
Marathon Oil
Mistras Group, Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
Parker-Hannifin Corporation
Parkview Hospital
Power Systems Mfg., LLC
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
Purswell & Purswell, Engineering, and Ergonomics, Inc.
Que Options
Radiance Technologies
Raytheon Systems Company
Redstone Arsenal
Rockwell Automation
Sam’s Club
Science and Engineering Alliance
Severn Trent Services
Simio LLC
Sloan Foundation
Sony Semiconductor Company of America
Southwest Airlines Co.
Southwest Research Institute
Spectra Energy Corporation (now Enbridge)
Syn_Tech Systems Fuelmaster, Inc.
TEC Masters, Inc.
Teledyne Solutions, Inc.
Telenext Media Inc.
Thales Group
Transportation Technology
Unison Industries
Turner Construction
UGS Corp.
Western Digital Corporation
The Whitaker Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now part of Pfizer)
Xcel Energy, Inc.
ZelTech Inc.

Bronze – Government, Nonprofits

Aberdeen Proving Ground
Alabama A&M University
Alabama Department of Agriculture
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Concrete Institute (ACI), San Antonio Chapter
American Association of Civil Engineers Maryland Section
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
Architecture Research Office
AT&T Foundation
Aviation & Missile Research Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Brown Foundation
Brown University
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
Center for Advanced Manufactures & Devices
The Chrysler Foundation
City of Baltimore
The Claire Booth Luce Foundation
Coalition against Major Diseases
Commonwealth of Virginia
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation
Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists (EGS)
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Railroad Administration
Florida Department of Education
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Power & Light
Ford Foundation
Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education
Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA)
GEM Consortium
Hagan Family Foundation
Halliburton Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
HIV/AIDS Services Administration Human Resources
Higher Education for Development
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc.
The John G. & Marie Stella Kennedy Memorial Foundation
Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation
The Loni Institute
Louisiana Center for Information Technology Innovation
Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund
Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Louisiana Optical Network
Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund
Louisiana Space Consortium
Louisiana State University Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices
LSU School of the Coast and Environment
Medtronic Foundation
Maryland Department of Environment
Maryland Environmental Service
Maryland Transit Authority
MeadWestvaco Foundation (MeadWestvaco is now WestRock)
Metropolitan District Commission
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Mississippi Department of Transportation
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
NASA Stennis Space Center
National Academy of Engineers (NAE)
National Consortium for Manufacturing Services
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Society of Black Engineers
National Space Grant Foundation
Naval Surface Combat Systems Center
Naval Warfare Centers
Northrop Grumman Foundation
Office of Naval Intelligence
Parkview Hospital
The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory
Penn State Applied Research Laboratory
The Procter & Gamble Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
Redstone Arsenal
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Riversville Foundation
San Antonio Area Foundation
Science and Engineering Alliance
Severn Trent Services
Sid W Richardson Foundation
Southwest Research Institute
State Farm Companies Foundation
The State of Florida
State of North Carolina
The State of Texas
Research, Innovation, Science and Engineering (Rise) Foundation at
City of Hampton, VA
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
The USAA Foundation
U.S. Department of the Air Force
U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation
U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems
U.S. Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Energy Global Nuclear Energy Program
U.S. Department for International Development
U.S. Department of Interior
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Federal Railway Administration
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
United Negro College Fund
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Virginia Department of Aviation
The Whitaker Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation
The Xerox Foundation
The Zachry Foundation

AMIE is a non-profit organization that builds alliances and expands partnerships with corporations and institutions to provide opportunities in engineering. AMIE acts a catalyst, promoter, and facilitator to attract and recruit historically underrepresented minorities to pursue a career in engineering.

US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine is published by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG). USBE magazine provides news and information about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), STEM entrepreneurs, the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), and multicultural communities in the U.S., U.K., Caribbean, and in Africa.


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