Nominations are open for 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The BEYA STEM Conference is designed to create a network of role models who serve as an inspiration, promote better access to STEM careers, and raise the profile of organizations as employers of choice. Recognition bestowed is not just for the individual, but for the collective potential STEM workforce of the future.
There are two groups of awards. Peer-reviewed awards go through the rigor of a selection panel review to determine which candidates are granted awards.
The second group of award applications, the outstanding achievement awards, are employer recommendations for an award. These applications are not subjected to review by a selection panel.
In all categories of peer-reviewed awards, letters of recommendation from executives within the hierarchy of the nominee’s place of employment weigh heavily in the committee’s consideration of the impact of the nominee’s achievements.
Descriptions of the scope of the nominee’s responsibilities, the effect of the achievements on the company or facility, breadth of community outreach activities, and effect on other minorities seeking science and technology careers are very important.
Letters describing responses by community leaders and other interested parties to the nominee’s activities and achievements also will be considered.