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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS


has taken on to become so gifted in his technical skills at such a young age,” Abbate says. Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and sector president of information systems, singled out Mr. Barnett for championing STEM education. “His commitment to supporting STEM educa- tion is particularly noteworthy,” she explains. “Our Cyber Patriot program consists of ROTC and open divisions,” she says. It “is the premier national high school cyber defense competition designed to give hands-on exposure to the foundations of cyber security. It was created by the Air Force As- sociation to excite high school students about STEM education. Zach serves as a Cyber Patriot mentor at one of Nebraska’s most diverse high schools. Earlier this year, when program funding was cut, Zach reached out and successfully obtained over $5,000 in corporate sponsorship grants to keep the programs operational at three high schools,” Warden relates. Paying tribute to his character, she says: “Zach’s contribu- tions are vast and the compassion he shows to others is endless.”


Bryan T. Scott Director of Quality


Boeing Defense, Space and Security B


ryan Scott is the director of quality for Boeing Military Aircraft. He uses his strong leadership abilities to direct quality organizations throughout The Boeing Company, and provides the vision and strategy for quality processes, policies and procedures.


While earning the respect of his peers at Boeing, Mr. Scott also


strives to be a role model for young people in and around St. Louis and use his success to encourage young people to pursue STEM education and careers. Mr. Scott represents Boeing as the executive focal for Tuskegee University. He is also chairperson of the member committee for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Board of Directors. Missouri’s governor nominated Mr. Scott to the Highway


and Transportation Committee in 2013. Mr. Scott has also served on committees and subcommittees for an Adopt-a-School pro- gram and College Scholarship Fund board. Mr. Scott’s expertise, character, work ethic and selflessness shows in everything he does. He wears many hats, including U.S. Air Force veteran, community leader and family man, but he is committed to education and using his community service activi- ties to create opportunities for others.


David Canada Finance Manager


The Boeing Company D


avid Canada developed an interest in engineering early. In elementary school, he participated in the Math, Engineer-


ing, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. After winning several engineering competitions, he realized just how fun and rewarding engineering could be. Mr. Canada’s mother played a pivotal role in encouraging


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his interest. She enrolled him in the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, one of the best science and engineering high schools in Baltimore. Mr. Canada also joined the National Society of Black En- gineers (NSBE), where he held leader- ship roles in high school and college. After earning a Bachelor of Sci- ence in mechanical engineering from Howard University, and an M.B.A. from


Keller Graduate School of Management, he went to work for The Boeing Company. He is now finance manager for the 787 Everett Delivery Center. He has several responsibilities, including de- veloping and executing project and process plans. Other respon- sibilities include acquiring resources for projects, and providing oversight and approval of technical approaches, products and processes.


In 2012, he received recognition as a Modern-Day Technol- ogy Leader at the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Awards. In an effort to teach young people about STEM, Mr. Canada volun- teers as a mentor and career coach at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. He is also a science and math tutor as part of the National Urban League’s Mentor and Tutor program.


Charles Kamhoua Research Electronics Engineer


Air Force Research Laboratory T


wo years after arriving in the United States from Cameroon, Charles Kamh- oua started graduate studies at Florida Inter- national University. He earned his Master of Science in telecommunication and network- ing and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Dr. Kamhoua then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s information directorate.


Laboratory leadership was greatly impressed by Dr. Kamhoua’s performance. This resulted in a recommendation for a U.S. government research position. The recommendation led to a position as a full-time research electron- ics engineer and science and technology program manager. Dr. Kamhoua has done game theory research, which the Air Force feels is relevant to cyber survivability. System replication, interdependency in public cloud computing, and hardware Trojan detections are a focus of this research. Dr. Kamhoua has provided important insights into the scientific foundation of cyber-security. Dr. Kamhoua is well-respected for his research skills. His areas of expertise include problem formulation, conceptualization, simula- tions, and development of well-organized and structured papers. His research is widely-acclaimed, having earned him a best paper award. He has international recognition as well, as Oxford University has invited him to participate in a six-month research visit. Dr. Kamhoua is an IEEE Senior Member and advisor to the


National Academies, which serve (collectively) as the scientific national academy for the United States. He also leads the new Department of Defense Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institu- tions. Dr. Kamhoua hopes this position helps him inspire young Black engineers.


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