Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference Celebrates 20th - Lockheed Martin's Linda Gooden Receives Top Honors

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This year's Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference to be held February 16 - 18, 2006, at the Baltimore Convention Center, marks the event's 20th anniversary. Joining this year's list of accomplished engineers and technologists to be inducted into the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Alumni Association is this year's top honoree, Lockheed Martin's President of Information Technology, Linda Gooden.

This year's Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference, to be held February 16–18, 2006, at the Baltimore Convention Center, marks the event's 20th anniversary. Joining this year’s list of accomplished engineers and technologists who will be inducted into the BEYA Alumni Association is this year’s top honoree, Lockheed Martin’s President of Information Technology, Linda Gooden, named the Black Engineer of the Year for 2006.

Other award categories include Alumni of the Year, Career Achievement in Government, Career Achievement in Industry, Pioneer Award, Lifetime Achievement, and Most Promising Student, to name a few.

For the second year in a row, the three-day conference will receive the nation’s top Black CEOs at the Black CEO Summit, which kicks off the conference on Thursday, February 16, with seminars including “The War for Talent” and “Strategic Staffing”, the Black CEO Power Luncheon, and the Black CEO Technology Hall of Fame Gala & Dinner.

Friday, February 17 welcomes the returning African-American Business Forum, the Diversity Career Fair for students, and the very popular One-on-One Career Coaching Roundtables, featuring topics such as “Jobs You Should Take and Jobs You Should Pass on Your Way to the Executive Ranks,” “Time Management for New Managers,” and “Mentoring: Moving Up the Corporate Ladder by Reaching Back.” The evening ends with the Top 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology black-tie celebration featuring a performance by the Soulful Symphony.

The last day of the conference offers an opportunity to join the Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCU) Engineering Deans for their annual Power Breakfast, followed by the HBCU Deans’ Roundtable focusing on “Educating and Developing Future Executive Leaders.” The Career Fair for professionals, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will feature on-site recruiters from Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and many more.

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The 20th Black Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony, the final event of the conference, will be held on Saturday, February 18, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to celebrating this milestone with our past BEYA winners as well as this year’s dynamic awardees,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group, producers of the conference and publishers of US Black Engineer & IT magazine. “The energy, the optimism, and the camaraderie make for a truly exhilarating experience, not to mention the excitement of being surrounded by many of our nation’s most accomplished innovators. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Eugene DeLoatch, Morgan State's Dean of Engineering, as well as the other HBCU engineering deans who have been with me from the beginning. We've come a long way, and without their help, we wouldn't be where we are today."

For more information about this year’s awardees, sponsors, and registration details, visit

http://www.BEYA.org or call 410-244-7101.

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