Freeman Hrabowski III from University of Maryland Baltimore County Receives Top Honors
(Baltimore, MD) December 2012—Workforce leaders in industry, education, government, and professionals and students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will meet in Washington D.C. February 2013 at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Conference to address the challenges of recruitment and retention in STEM and promote opportunities in technical and scientific careers.
BEYA is the nation’s largest gathering of STEM professionals and leaders committed to increasing the percentage of underrepresented communities in the technology workforce. The annual conference is hosted by the Council of Engineering Deans at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and US Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) magazine.
According to USBE&IT magazine Publisher and BEYA Chairman Tyrone Taborn, “The need for this initiative is more important than ever. Education is the key to American competitiveness, and our nation is falling behind. That’s why leading military officers, U.S. government officials, and Fortune 500 executives have committed to addressing this crisis by attending and supporting the national conference to strengthen the STEM pipeline.”
Taborn also pointed out that, “Fewer young people are selecting STEM study paths as the global demand for technological workers increases. To keep engineering and scientific jobs in the United States, and ensure America maintains her leadership, we need to inspire a new generation of Americans to pursue STEM careers. One way to do so is to spotlight successful role models already in these fields.”
The BEYA STEM Conference—which is scheduled for February 7-9, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.—will recognize a number of technology leaders who will be acknowledged for their career achievements and their efforts in strengthening the STEM pipeline. Among them is Freeman Hrabowski, III, the president of University of Maryland Baltimore County, considered one of America’s best leaders by U.S News & World Report.
This three-day national event brings together students, college administrators, recruiters, engineering and IT professionals, scientists, and high-level decision-makers from the corporate, government, and military communities, in an effort to broaden diversity in this country’s technical and scientific workforce. Formore information, visit www.beya.org