Tyrone Taborn, publisher and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc., was honored May 14 at a National Science Board (NSB) ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Taborn was presented with a Public Service Award during NSB’s meeting to address science and engineering policy issues relevant to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The NSB establishes the foundation’s policies and provides the President and Congress with Science and Engineering Indicators, a biennial report on the state of science and engineering in the United States.
NSB’s Public Service Award recognizes people and groups that have increased the public’s understanding of science or engineering. Past award recipients include the American Museum of Natural History, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the PBS television series NOVA.
“This is a great honor, said Taborn. “For the past 35 years, Career Communications Group’s US Black Engineer magazine, the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) sponsors, institutions, and individuals across America,” have celebrated the achievements of African Americans and minorities in STEM careers to promote better access to young people, he said.
Taborn founded Career Communications Group, Inc. to highlight the achievements of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
At the same time, he developed a stable of diversity magazines, including US Black Engineer magazine, which serves as a vehicle for the discussion of broad science and engineering policies, including the hiring of minority scientists and engineers as well as retention, career progression, and promotion.
Over 33 years, the BEYA Conference has exposed more than 100,000 students to role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. More than 10,000 men and women have been nominated for Black Engineer of the Year Awards; 957 have received category awards, and 33 have been selected as Black Engineer of the Year.
Taborn received the award in May with his BEYA co-founder, Eugene DeLoatch.
Throughout his years of service in higher education, DeLoatch led the nation in the production of African American electrical and civil engineers at the baccalaureate level. His students have gone on to senior positions in government, industry, and academia, and have, in turn, influenced and encouraged another generation of minority scientists and engineers. Notably, in 2001 he became the first African American elected to serve as president of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).
“We are part of history in the making, and I thank you for honoring the BEYA STEM Conference,” said DeLoatch. “As a proud member of the host committee and Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), our intent has always been to impact the aspirations of young people positively. With its 34-year history, the BEYA STEM Conference is unlike any other. Once again we thank you for honoring us on this occasion and trust you agree with us on the mutual value that has been added through this event.”