Time is running out for you to showcase an outstanding engineer. Nominations for the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) close on August 31. Please visit the Career Communications Group (CCG) awards management portal to submit your nomination. The BEYA Selection Committee will meet this summer to review nominations for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) employee recognition program, now in its thirty-fifth year.
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.
The award categories in STEM include community service, most promising engineer/scientist, outstanding technical contribution, research leadership, student leadership, and technical sales. Other category awards include the Dave Barclay Affirmative Action, Career Achievement, Educational Leadership – College-Level Promotion of Education, and Lifetime Achievement.
Three years ago, BEYA introduced new categories, which acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by past Black Engineers of the Year to the STEM enterprise, and for the positive impact on the wider STEM community.
Legacy awards include the Linda Gooden Legacy Award for Entrepreneurship, the Albert J. Edmonds Legacy Award in Federal IT, the Joe N. Ballard Legacy Award for Public Engineering Services, the Rodney C. Adkins Legacy Award for Business Transformation, the Dr. John Brooks Slaughter Legacy Award for Higher Education and Leadership, the Anthony R. James Legacy Award in the Utilities category, the William R. Wiley Award for Research, and the Walt W. Braithwaite Award for Aviation, which went to George Jonas in 2019.
If you’ve submitted a BEYA application between 2008 and 2019, click here to login and submit your candidates for the 2020 awards. Not in the database? Click on the My Account tab above to create your account. Click on Apply Now to login with your new password to get started.
The selection panel looks for “first” stories. If a nominee is a pioneer in his or her field, then the panel takes a hard look at the reasons that nominee broke the barrier. They look for the level of responsibility within the organization. Equally important to the selection panel is the prospect that an award will positively impact community activities, and other minorities seeking science and technology careers.
Key dates to remember:
■ Nominations close August 2019
■ Finalists will be announced in October 2019
■ Awards ceremonies will be held February 13-15, 2020