Dr. Reginald Hobbs was a Professional Achievement in Government Award winner at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) gala in 2015. He had more than thirty years of industry experience at the time and had worked as an associate director for experimentation at U.S. Army Research Laboratory since 2013.
Hobbs was recognized for establishing the Network Science Research Laboratory to broaden network science research work by incorporating information, social and telecommunications network capabilities into an experimentation environment.
“It is both humbling and gratifying to have been selected for special recognition by the BEYA STEM Conference committee,” he said in 2015. “It means that they felt that my accomplishments as a researcher and STEM educator have had an impact in influencing young people into science and engineering,” Hobbs said.
In 2019, Arik Brown of Northrop Grumman Corporation was honored in the same category at the BEYA STEM Conference held in Washington D.C. Brown, a consulting system architect in mission systems received the BEYA Industry Professional Achievement award, which goes to an experienced, mid-professional who has made significant advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields and has served as a role model for others.
Prior, he was named a Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow in 2018 and authored many technical publications. He was a nominee for a 2011 BEYA Outstanding Technical Contribution award and a recipient of a 2008 BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader Award. He is an active STEM volunteer in his community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s and doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Last year, Herman Moore, a computer scientist in the Information Technology Lab at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) said he felt honored and privileged to receive a Professional Achievement Award. He is the leader and main technical developer of the Army Facilities Components System project. On that project, he plays an instrumental role by providing direction and input to teams, sponsors, and customers to resolve technical solutions and enhanced application features.
Moore began his career at ERDC in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in computer science in 2004.
“Numbers have always fascinated me,” said Moore, whose love for mathematics and computer science began at a very young age. “The advancements and achievements within the computer science environment have allowed mathematics to be far more advanced, but simplified using software and programmatic language.”
With Moore’s technical capabilities and leadership experience at ERDC, he is always looking for opportunities to serve as a mentor to junior scientists and to develop himself to advance the mission.
His advice to engineers just beginning a career is to identify strengths and weaknesses.
“In areas where more strength is required, seek knowledge and wisdom from your peers as well as doctrine, where needed,” Moore said. “Working at ERDC has offered me various exciting challenges within my career, and collaborating with brilliant minds and solving various challenges has enlightened me as a person.”