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Career Communications Group has announced an in-person BEYA Welcome Back to Baltimore Meet and Greet, scheduled for Tuesday, January 9.

The event offers an opportunity to reconnect with conference participants at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on East Pratt Street in Baltimore, MD from 6-9 pm EST.


It’s a fun-filled meet and greet, perfect for catching up with old friends and making new ones. The event promises a lively atmosphere filled with laughter and good vibes.

The BEYA STEM Awards is a recognition platform that acknowledges the achievements of engineers in the STEM fields. For almost forty years, BEYA has empowered, mentored, and inspired countless individuals, establishing itself as a symbol of excellence and innovation.

The 38th BEYA STEM DTX Conference is a three-day event that offers a unique chance to honor leaders in STEM through seminars, inspiring panel discussions, networking, and unforgettable experiences.

For those who cannot attend in person, the conference will also be accessible through BEYA STEM DTX (Digital Twin Experience), an immersive metaverse platform that ensures everyone can participate and experience the event.

The annual 38th BEYA STEM DTX Conference has announced Dr. Ken Washington, the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Medtronic, as the recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award.

This award is a significant milestone in recognizing his exceptional contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The 38th BEYA STEM DTX Conference is presented by co-hosts US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, the Council of the Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Lockheed Martin, with technology host Google, and co-sponsors Actalent and RTX. The conference will take place from February 15-17, 2024, in Baltimore, MD.

The Black Engineer of the Year Award is a coveted honor that acknowledges the outstanding achievements of Black professionals in STEM industries. It is a beacon of diversity and inclusion, promoting excellence and inspiring future generations to pursue careers in these critical fields.

Dr. Ken Washington plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of mobility and advancing technological innovations. Born and raised in inner-city Chicago, his innate curiosity and determination to succeed led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, becoming the first African American to earn this distinction at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Washington’s diverse career experience includes roles at Sandia National Laboratories, Lockheed Martin, Ford Motor Company, and Amazon.

His experience spans nuclear safety, information technology, aerospace technology, consumer robotics, and groundbreaking work on Amazon’s Astro, the world’s first multipurpose affordable home robot. He is an inspiring leader who continues to make a difference in the corporate world and the community, embodying the values of innovation, leadership, and service.

“We are thrilled to present Ken Washington with the Black Engineer of the Year Award,” said Dr. Tyrone D. Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group and editor-in-chief of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. “His dedication to advancing technology and engineering, coupled with his commitment to mentoring and encouraging the next generation of STEM leaders, embodies the spirit of the BEYA STEM DTX Conference.”


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