Easily the most-anticipated diversity event of the year, the Black Engineer STEM Conference is a rich environment for recruiting, networking, and professional development. In attendance are college reps, professionals and students from across the country in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers.
Nominations for the 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Awards are due August 31, 2019. The awards recognize the individual accomplishments of employees in STEM. You only have three more weeks to nominate an employee who has consistently provided exceptional service during the past year.
Platoon Sergeant Shane Payne won the General Johnnie E. Wilson Legacy Award at the BEYA STEM Conference in February. Payne is currently attached to the 523rd Engineer Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion in the U.S. Army. He was chosen to represent the 84th Engineer Battalion during multiple engineering missions to provide disaster relief.
He has also earned a reputation as a leader in the STEM community. As the father of two young girls, he sees the importance of encouraging female engagement in STEM. He routinely volunteers with Girl Scouts Troop 342, where he has dedicated hours to mentor girls in STEM activities.
In just one year of being assigned to the island of Oahu, Payne spent over 200 hours in volunteer work on Schofield Barracks and the surrounding community. He was selected by the Honolulu Post’s Society of American Military Engineers to serve as its social media representative, and he was instrumental in growing membership and reaching out to similar organizations.