For Immediate Release
April 13, 2018
Yvette Watson
(703) 837-9919
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has honored 34 organizations and individuals with annual awards for their support of engineering diversity. The Chairman’s Awards and Gene Washington Champions of Champions Awards were presented at NSBE’s 44th Annual Convention, which brought more than 13,400 attendees and more than 250 sponsoring organizations to Pittsburgh, Pa., on March  21–25, for the Society’s largest-ever event.
NSBE, with more than 17,000 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. Broad corporate and government agency support help make possible the programs and activities NSBE utilizes to advance its mission and move toward its main 10-year strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to produce 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025.
NSBE’s 2018 Chairman’s Awards honored 12 organizations that made a positive impact on black communities by investing more than $100,000 in NSBE during the 2017–18 fiscal year. The Gene Washington Champion of Champions Awards for 2018 recognized 22 individual representatives of organizations on NSBE’s Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) who went above and beyond the call of duty within their organizations on NSBE’s behalf. The BCA is the Society’s top-level supporters. Gene Washington, a longtime executive at 3M, now retired, played a prominent role in founding the BCA.
“NSBE is reaching for higher goals than ever, and the support given by our corporate and government supporters is critical to our success,” said NSBE National Chair Matthew C. Nelson. “These awards demonstrate our appreciation for their outstanding support of our mission.”
“The partnerships NSBE has established with these award recipients prove that diversity and inclusion are alive and growing in America,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “With the commitment and collaboration demonstrated here, we will meet our goals of community empowerment and strengthening the nation’s technical workforce.”
About NSBE
With more than 500 chapters and more than 17,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit
NSBE 2018 Chairman’s Award Honorees
Air Force STEM
Bechtel Corporation
The Boeing Company
Chevron Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Ford Motor Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Nissan Americas
Northrop Grumman Corporation
United Technologies Corporation
NSBE 2018 Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award Honorees
Kevin J. Edwards, P.E., Manager, Quality & Six Sigma and Global Manager, CI&D
Claudia P. Stephens, External Engagement Lead, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Human Resources
Bechtel Corporation
Bethany Clarkson-Morgan, Upstream Assurance Lead, S+OR
Niccole Boswell, Diversity Portfolio Manager
Bruce E. Chinn, General Manager
Chevron Corporation
Maurice L. Dantzler Sr., Director – FE and Shared Services Dynamic Systems & Controls
Corey Phillips, U.S. Diversity Sourcing Manager
Lori Thompson, Vice President Marketing, and U.S. Diversity Initiative
Tracey Coates, Manager, Operational Excellence
Eaton Corporation
Danté Crockett, Global Product Development Quality Manager – Electrical
Nia Harrison, Technical Expert
Darryl L. Jones, Global Tire & Wheel Engineering Supervisor
Ford Motor Company
Rhonda Peters James, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and External Partnerships
Intel Corporation
Stewart Carter, Logistics Manager, Deere & Co. World Wide Supply Management & Logistics
John Deere
Justen Baskerville, Diversity Outreach Consultant
Bernice Innocent Ramsey, National Events & Programs, Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Outreach
Scott Trapp, Director, Diversity Outreach
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Maria Sánchez, CMP Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Achievement Conferences Event Planning, Global Corporate Responsibility
Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility
Northrop Grumman Corporation        
Annie Livingston, Director, Global Talent Acquisition
Sara Weleski, Talent Acquisition Program Manager
PPG Industries
Michael J. Alvarez, Workforce Development Initiative – Manager
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