That Black Engineer story never gets old. The article, originally written by Career Communications Group publisher Tyrone Taborn in 2000, found a new audience in 2017.
During the summer, people also got excited about NASA’s new Space Sailor Jessica Watkins, the only African American to make NASA Earth’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Born in Maryland, she was a member of the USA Rugby Women’s Sevens National Team. During her postdoc, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Caltech Women’s Basketball team.
North Carolina A&T Aggies also had their moment with NC A&T is still top producer of engineers. It was official in the “Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees” ranking from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education was released.
Earlier in the year, Reginald DesRoches won kudos when it was announced that the Georgia Tech’s civil and environmental engineering chair had been named dean of engineering at Rice University. In 2010, DesRoches served as the key technical leader in the United States’ response to the earthquake in Haiti.
Some of the other stories that grabbed the headlines include the inspirational career journey of Tamara Crawford. She drove hundreds of miles alone to seek an engineering position at Lockheed Martin, got the job, and is now the lead systems engineer for the F-22 Raptor, the world’s first 5th generation fighter.
Two other women in tech also won applause on Facebook and blackengineer.com
Gwen Boyd was appointed Career Communications Group (CCG) Alumni Committee Chair and President. In 1979, Boyd became the first black woman to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering from Yale. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in math from Alabama State and a master’s degree and a PhD. in divinity from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Essye Miller, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer December 8, 2017. In her regular role within the Department, Ms. Miller holds the position as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and the Department’s Senior Information Security Officer.
Victor R. McCrary’s recognition as “2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Howard University Graduate School” garnered many clicks and congratulatory comments as all our stories on career promotion and progression.
As vice president of research and development at Morgan State University, Dr. McCrary promotes innovation at historically black colleges. His old research group developed a prototype of the electronic book reader, which opened the door for today’s Kindle and iPad readers and the e-book industry.