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WHY BLACK COLLEGES STILL
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Historically black colleges and universi-
Volume 33 Number 2
ties — a resource sorely underappreciated
today — educate more than 45 percent of
the nation’s black engineers. HBCUs also
DEPARTMENTS
prepare large shares of the black computer
scientists, natural scientists and technolo-
Up Front ............................7
gists, according to Morgan State University
Engineering Dean Eugene DeLoatch.
Radar to keep birds away from runways...
Bridge in a backpack... Using coffee
The good doctor should know: He chairs
grounds for biodiesel fuel.
the Council of Engineering Deans of Histori-
cally Black Colleges and Universities, and he and his colleagues have led the
People & Events ...............9
greatest production of black engineers in US history, outpacing even the post-
1986 Black Engineer is commencement
War GI Bill era.
speaker... IT entreprenuer invests in
Pittsburgh Steelers... Gwendolyn Boyd Indeed, the 23rd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Competi-
headlines Tuskegee University Worship.
tiveness Conference, co-sponsored by the Deans Council Feb. 19 – 21, 2009,
was like an HBCU reunion; so many winners – and senior military officers at-
One-on-One ....................12
tending – were HBCU alumni. This edition celebrates that success.
One-on-One with the chief of engineers
Graduates of “mainstream” schools also came, to attend workshops by
of the United States Army.
leading industrial companies and awards ceremonies. Young professionals made
On Campus .....................14
lifetime connections and big job moves at the Career Fair.
Texas Southern and Tougaloo Universities The Deans Power Breakfast saw a star-studded panel hold an issue-packed
co-lead National Transportation Security
discussion of HBCUs role in the technological future that continued at the Engi-
Centers as HBCUs make strides in trans-
neering Deans Roundtable. (Page 22)
portation and energy.
Now US Black Engineer & Information Technology and the BEYA Alumni
Recruiting Trends ...........43
Association plan a symposium: “The Grand Challenges: The HBCU Response
As baby boomers retire, a surge in hiring
and Professional Connections Conference” at Howard University May 29, 2009,
is projected. focusing on ways black colleges, government agencies and industry can handle
the issues the National Academy of Engineering has called “Grand Challenges
Job Horizons...................45 for Engineering.”
Eight states will spend more than $900
Scholars from many disciplines will hold a lively discussion of how to main-
million on infrastructure-related projects.
tain and enhance our quality of life. I encourage you to attend. For registration
Diversions ......................51
and sponsorship information, visit: www.ccgmag.com.
iPhone 3G is not all play and no work.
The Next Level: Spotlight
on Entrepreneurs ............63
Tyrone D. Taborn
Twin sisters stir up business as fifth-
Publisher and Editorial Director
generation entrepreneurs.
www.blackengineer.com USBE & Information Technology I DEANS Edition 2009 3
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