Thousands of awardees have walked across the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference stage since 1986. Long after the accolades, many continue to play a major role in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the United States and around the world.

The upcoming issue of US Black Engineer magazine will feature BEYA Alumni on Boards of Directors, a who’s who list of Black Engineer of the Year honorees diversifying the boardroom.

The list of 25 men and women have received various awards at the annual BEYA STEM Conference for their role in promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM, dedication to community service, education, and outstanding technical and professional contributions, among other achievements.

“These BEYA winners have made significant contributions to the industry,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO and Publisher of Career Communications Group. “Throughout their careers, they have managed resources and programs worth billions of dollars.

“It’s great to see them in the boardroom selecting chief executive officers; reviewing performance at the highest levels and offering guidance on corporate missions and planning. They are accounting to stockholders, making decisions that impact millions of people, and every American product and service,” he said.

The organizations they serve include Apple Inc, Akamai, Battelle Memorial Institute, Centene Corporation, Corning Inc., Cognizant, Eaton Corporation Plc, FedEx, General Dynamics, General Mills, Home Depot, IBM, KBR Inc., L3 Technologies, Inc., Torchmark Corporation, Whirlpool, Harris Corp., NextEra Energy Inc., Ryder, Textron, United Parcel Service, and the Public Service Enterprise Group.

According to a recent survey, one in five new board appointees is non-white with only 22% of new board director appointees being African American, Hispanic, or Asian American.

The full list of BEYA Alumni on Board of Directors can be found below.

Rodney Adkins
2007 Black Engineer of the Year
IBM, United Parcel Service, Avnet, Grainger, PPL PayPal Holdings

Linda Gooden
2006 Black Engineer of the Year
Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Home Depot, ADP, WGL, American Heart Association, Armed Forces Communications, and Electronics Association, Maryland University System Board of Regents

Lydia Thomas
2003 Black Engineer of the Year
Cabot Corp, Noblis, Mueller Water Products, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, the United States Energy Association, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Paget Alves
2006 Most Important Blacks in Technology
Synchrony Financial; Yum! Brands Inc., International Game Technology

Angela Archon
Multiyear Women of Color STEM Conference Moderator
H&R Block Inc.

Gen. Lloyd Austin
2010 BEYA Stars and Stripes
United Technologies Corp.

Wanda Austin
2009 Black Engineer of the Year
Chevron Corp.

James Bell
2012 Pioneer Award
Apple Inc., Dow Chemical, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Alicia Boler Davis
2018 Black Engineer of the Year
General Mills Inc.

H. James Dallas
2007,2008, and 2009 Most Important Blacks in Technology
KeyCorp

Erroll Davis
1988 Black Engineer of the Year
Union Pacific Corp.

Monte Ford
2005 Most Important Blacks in Technology
Akamai Technologies Inc.

Maj. Gen. Elder Granger
2005,2006,2007, 2008 Top Blacks in Military
Express Scripts Holding Co.

Stephanie Hill
2014 Black Engineer of the Year
S&P Global Inc.

Freeman Hrabowski
2013 Black Engineer of the Year
McCormick& Co., T Rowe Price Group Inc.

Shirley Jackson
2001 Black Engineer of the Year
FedEx Corp., IBM Corp., Medtronic Enterprise Goup.

Arthur Johnson
1997 Black Engineer of the Year
Eaton Corp. plc

Gen. Lester Lyles
2003 Black Engineer of the Year
General Dynamics, KBR Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, United Services Automobile Association

Leo Mackay
2012 Black Engineer of the Year
Cognizant Tech Solutions Corp.

Gen. Lloyd Newton
2007 Most Important Blacks in Technology
L3 Technologies Inc., Torchmark Corp.

Gen. Larry Spencer
2010 Black Engineer Awardee for Career Achievement
Whirlpool Corp.

David Steward
2012 Black Engineer of the Year
Centene Corp.

Hansel Tookes
1999 Chairman’s Award
Corning Inc., Harris Corp., NextEra Energy Inc., Ryder Systems Inc.

Lloyd Trotter
2005 Most Important Blacks in Technology
Textron Inc.

Alfred Zollar
2004 Most Important Blacks in Technology
Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.
Red Hat, Inc.

The BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference

Each year, the BEYA STEM Conference brings professionals and students from a wide variety of STEM-related fields together for three days to share their experiences and information. The goal of the BEYA Conference is to create connections between students, educators and STEM professionals while facilitating partnerships with individuals and their local STEM resources.

US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine

US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, a Career Communications Group publication, offers a blueprint for continued growth and success in STEM fields by highlighting progress and people at all stages of the STEM pipeline—from the college student taking his first engineering courses to the senior executive managing the projects that will change the ways we live. For more information about US Black Engineer Magazine, visit https://www.blackengineer.com

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Donna BellAugust 16, 2018
9:00 pm

Would love to learn strategies for success on how to get on a board. I’m certain there is a session at BEYA for that.

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