About 40 JSU students in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) recently attended the 34thannual Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C.
Jackson State University has attended BEYA for more than 20 years, and the global conference has exposed more than 100,000 students to role models over the past 33 years.
Kristy S. Love-Kendrick, JSU’s undergraduate program coordinator in CSET, said the conference is imperative to the success of students.
“For years, students have landed jobs through the conference, and we see many of them returning to the conference as professionals recruiting the next phase of our JSU students. Because of the conference, we have students working all over the world. This year, we collected data on JSU student interviews. We had a 100 percent job success rate,” Love-Kendrick said.
The list of students follows:
In addition, a group of JSU students participated in the design challenge hosted at the conference by Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE).
AMIE’s website proclaims that it “assures that the STEM talent pipeline has diverse and exceptional talent for industrial and governmental businesses that seek diverse perspectives in their workforce. AMIE provides a coalition with direct access to almost a third of graduating minority engineers annually.”
During the conference, eight JSU students competed in an AMIE design challenge. Their entry was titled “How Might We Make It Easier For Residents To Report And Track Infrastructure Service Requests?” Of 14 schools participating in the challenge, JSU earned a respectable third place.
Students participating in AMIE were:
- Jonathan Lewis: senior, civil engineering
- Ventress Bolden Jr.: senior, civil engineering
- Tonette Campbell: senior, civil engineering
- Stephanie Boggs: senior, civil engineering
- Micah Briggs: senior, technology
- Cameron McQueen: senior, civil engineering
- Atayliya Irving: junior, computer science
- D’Andre Bell: sophomore, technology