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At last week’s Black Engineer of the Year Awards, net attendance to the annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) conference topped 10,800.

The total number comes from adding the number of registered people with unique access badges.

Next year, the conference hopes to meet and surpass this target.

By December, Career Communications Group, the company behind the BEYA STEM Conference and US Black Engineer magazine, is already halfway to the target goal through its integrated JobMatch service, campus links, and focal points in scientific, technical, and manufacturing organizations.

By the Numbers

Mark D. Vaughn

This year, student numbers sat at more than 4,690.

Of that total, more than 58 percent were male and 41.7 percent female.

College seniors comprised more than 35 percent of the undergraduates, with juniors making up 26 .2 percent, sophomores, 15.5 percent, and freshmen at 10.5 percent. Graduate students came in at 8.9 percent.

The career fair, which features the largest employers of scientists and engineers in America, is the biggest draw for students.

Employers, recruiters, and hiring teams met with thousands of students over the two-day job fair, providing valuable onsite resources designed to enhance job search and tools for a successful career.

“ As a result of showcases like the Design Challenge and youth-centric programming, Corning is reconsidering our long-standing practice of not having a recruiting presence at BEYA (due to its proximity to NSBE),” said Dr. Mark D. Vaughn in an e-mail. Vaughn is technical talent pipe-lining manager at Corning and is responsible for the technology office that assesses personnel needs and utilizes resources for science and engineering education and support.

BEYA’s pre-college program presented an opportunity to connect with science and technology programs that are working to build America’s next generation workforce. The number of participants was 1,706.

Scott Trapp

Lockheed Martin Corporation, co-host of the annual BEYA STEM Conference for more than 30 years, “did very well at making offers at BEYA this year,” said Scott Trapp of the career fair.

Trapp is director of diversity outreach for Lockheed Martin and responsible for positioning Lockheed Martin as an employer of choice. His role incorporates STEM outreach and higher education initiatives as well as, talent sourcing and outreach and national diversity events.

“The initial feedback was that the students were stellar! I can attest to the caliber of talent, better to get them early rather than later,” Trapp said.

The job fair was also the place to sample new technologies and be exposed to industry best practices.

Professionals, STEM Careers, and Education

Professionals found training, networking, role models, mentors, and inspiring recognition events.

With numbers as high as 4,500 registered inBEYA 2018, more than 74 percent came from corporate America, and 26 percent in the military.

“We are excited to see the record numbers,” said Veronica L. Nelson, executive director, Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE).

AMIE is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to expand corporate, government, and academic alliances to implement and support programs to attract, educate, graduate and place underrepresented minority students in engineering careers.

“The overall program was outstanding. Let’s hit 12,000 next year,” said retired four-star Army general, Johnnie Wilson.

Gen Wilson is one of the founding fathers of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference Stars and Stripes Veterans Program.

“Let’s take a giant leap for STEM and BEYA in 2019!” added Scott Trapp.

STEM fields represented at BEYA 2018 included:

Accounting
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Biotechnology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Computer Technology
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Scientific and Technical
Communications
Electrical Engineering Technology
Environmental Engineering
Industrial
Industrial Technology
Mathematics
MBA
Mechanical Engineering
Product Development Engineering

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