ARLINGTON, Va.--The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will highlight its educational fellowships and internship programs at a conference honoring African-American engineers Feb. 17-19 in Washington, D.C.
Now in its 25th year, the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) conference attracts thousands of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals and students nationwide. The event co-hosted by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Lockheed Martin and the Council of Engineering Deans, recognizes and rewards minority scientists and engineers for excellence in the development and delivery of technology. The conference also serves as a learning tool for students interested in pursuing professional interests in STEM.
ONR's participation in the BEYA conference is part of the Department of the Navy's campaign to develop future engineers and scientists and further diversify the service's workforce.
Today, there are nearly 89,000 African-Americans serving in the Navy, including 19 active and reserve flag officers, 105 command master chiefs, and 16 members of the Senior Executive Service.
Students and educators can visit ONR at Booth 1903 for information about a variety of available programs, including the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program and Young Investigator Program. ONR staff will be on hand to answer questions about options for students at the K-12 and university level.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead will present the keynote address at BEYA's Stars and Stripes dinner Feb. 18.
In 2009, BEYA awarded ONR the inaugural Global Congress of Diversity Executives Award.
For more information on ONR educational programs, visit ONR's website at www.onr.navy.mil. For more information on the BEYA conference, visit its website at www.beya.org/.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.