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SAIC Employees Recognized at 31st Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference

Friday, February 10, 2017 12:31 pm EST


McLean, Va.
"BEYA’s recognition of our employees complements our inclusive culture and our ability to attract and retain diverse talent."

McLean, Va. -- Sixteen Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) employees received various awards during the 31st annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference held in Washington D.C.

During the awards ceremony, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco congratulated the awardees and thanked them for their role in supporting STEM careers within the company.

“I am honored to recognize our employees here at the BEYA Conference and I am appreciative of their passion to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM,” said Moraco. “We are proud to partner with BEYA to bring awareness to the need for developing diverse STEM talent.”

SAIC Vice President of Programs Elton Akins, was honored with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engineering Deans’ Special Recognition Award and the Linda Gooden Legacy Award for his contributions and support to scientists and engineers in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

“We are excited to celebrate Elton’s achievements today and want to thank him for his professional contributions to SAIC,” said SAIC Chief Human Resources Officer Karen Wheeler. “BEYA’s recognition of our employees complements our inclusive culture and our ability to attract and retain diverse talent.” 

Akins has been with SAIC for 10 years and is currently a program manager for U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Expedited Professional & Engineering Support Services (EXPRESS) contract. Prior to joining SAIC, Akins served in the Army for 21 years and retired as lieutenant colonel. During his service, his most recent position was as the program manager for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Fire Control and Communications Product Office.

Other employees recognized with the Modern Day Technology Leaders Award and the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award were:

The Modern Day Technology Leaders Award: Amanda Barnes, Aida Gourdine, Marquita Harris, Jammal Matthews, and Karen Mitchell.

The Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award: Ronald Berry, Jeffrey Braud, Otis Brooks, Kester Buckmire, Andre Eaddy, Cheryl Jones, Johanna Ramos, Wayne Tolbert, David Williams, and Gayle Westbrook.


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