The 2011 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Conference welcomed 74 Jackson State University students to its 25th annual meeting in February in Washington, D.C.
During the conference, more than 15 JSU students were interviewed by companies including Booz Allen Hamilton, NavAir, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and CNN. The conference attracts companies seeking to recruit the nation’s best and brightest engineering students. As a result of the conference, several other JSU students have interviews scheduled in the coming weeks.
During the annual gathering, JSU student Jermaine White competed with students from all over the country and was awarded a DELL laptop from General Dynamics Company. The competition tested the students’ knowledge of the company’s business and the students’ respective college majors.
A native of Laurel, Miss., White is a senior computer science major. He is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery, actively participates with Jackson State’s Computer Recycling Program and volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to help students enhance their computer skills.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree, White plans to seek employment with a company that will allow him to best utilize his skills. He has already interviewed with companies including Raytheon and NavAir. White also aspires to earn certifications in Cisco and Microsoft and is looking into cyber and information security graduate programs at Auburn University and Ohio State University.
For more information about this BEYA conference, visit http://www.blackengineeroftheyear.org.