FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 15, 2012
By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—Office of Naval Research (ONR) personnel will be in Philadelphia on Feb. 17-18, providing information to approximately 10,000 students and professionals attending the annual Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) conference.
“BEYA is an opportunity for ONR to interact with a diverse group of young engineers who may contribute to some of our future work force needs,” said Dr. Anthony Junior, director, Department of the Navy (DON) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Program office.
Attracting a wide assortment of top employees—particularly for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields—is a DON priority. It is also a key component of the secretary of the Navy’s STEM roadmap, which aims to expand nationwide efforts to increase student and teacher participation in science and technology-related fields, as well as bolster interest from underserved populations. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of students pursing STEM studies and careers to support both the DON and the nation.
ONR subject-matter experts will be in booth No. 515, speaking to attendees about the command’s internship, research and career opportunities. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 17, and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 18.
Formally called the 26th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, the event will also feature opportunities for students, including a career fair and job search resources, as well as for professionals, including training, networking, role models, mentors and awards. Attendees include college representatives, thousands of elite professionals and students from across the country who are interested or involved in STEM disciplines and careers.
The event also includes seminars, workshops, presentations and a Stars & Stripes dinner honoring active and retired African-American high-ranking military personnel and members of the Senior Executive Service.
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, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,065 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.