Roy Foreman and Omar Thompson of Northrop Grumman Corporation received top awards at the 27th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. The employees were recognized for their dedication to community service, educational leadership for minority students and outstanding technical contribution.
Denise Peppard, Northrop Grumman vice president and chief human resources officer, acknowledge the efforts of the company’s employees as well as the role BEYA has played in promoting diversity in STEM fields.
“We proudly congratulate our employees for receiving these distinctive awards, which demonstrate their commitment to Northrop Grumman, their communities and their professional development,” she said.
Roy Foreman, an electrical engineering manager in Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector, received an Industry Professional Achievement award for his significant achievements in the field of engineering. He has designed and developed electrical systems for key programs supporting Northrop Grumman’s Department of Defense customers, created a mentoring program for new minority engineers at Northrop Grumman and helped establish an intern program with Alabama A&M University, his alma matter. Foreman earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Alabama A&M. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Engineer of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.
Omar Thompson, a senior reliability engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, received a Special Recognition award for work with federal agencies. Thompson has provided reliability engineering for NASA‘s Space Shuttle program, and at Northrop Grumman has helped improve field reliability for U.S. government and NATO customers, saving more than $100 million. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology, master’s degrees in industrial engineering and modeling and simulation, and a doctorate in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida.
The 25 Northrop Grumman employees were also honored as BEYA Modern-Day Technology Leaders.