Last Updated: 09/23/2013*

Seven Raytheon employees will be honored for their contributions to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference Feb. 16-18 in Philadelphia.

Two of BEYA’s top awards will go to Raytheon’s Onekki Christian and Jeff Josiah.

Onekki ChristianOnekki Christian, a principal systems engineer at Raytheon Network Centric Systems, will be honored with the 2012 BEYA Most Promising Engineer Award. Currently, Christian serves as lead systems engineer for security engineering activities. Christian began her career with Raytheon in 2001 as a software engineer with Intelligence and Information Systems in Garland, Texas. Soon after, she accepted a systems engineering opportunity with Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., to help manage requirements and technical risks for the Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle missile program. In 2002, Christian transferred to Network Centric Systems in St. Petersburg, Fla., supporting requirements development and management activities for the Cooperative Engagement Capability program. Christian is a 2006 graduate of Raytheon’s Systems Engineering Technical Development Program. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and a Master of Science in Management of Information Systems from the University of Phoenix – West Florida Campus.

Jeff H. JosiahJeff G. Josiah, a senior electrical engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, will be honored with the 2012 BEYA Special Recognition Award. Josiah joined Raytheon in 2005 and is currently the Configurable Logic lead for a secure-processor design initiative aimed at protecting critical U.S. technology. Previously, Josiah led a team of engineers on the next generation of missile seekers and guidance electronics. In the community, Jeff volunteers with Bright Tomorrows, a Raytheon-sponsored organization, as a tutor to students at all levels. Additionally, he tutors students through the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and volunteers at the Tucson Math, Science, and Technology Funfest. In 2009, Josiah was invited to his alma mater, the St. Croix Educational Complex High School in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the graduation keynote speaker. Josiah is a recipient of the 2011 RMS President’s Award and was selected as a 2009 Technical Honors recipient. He is a 2011 graduate of the RMS Leadership Matters program and was selected by RMS President Taylor W. Lawrence to participate in the 2011-12 Gnosis Innovatus group for rapid leadership development. Josiah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Dillard University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans, and a Master of Engineering in Embedded Systems Design from the University of Arizona.

Also at the conference, five Raytheon engineers will be recognized as 2012 Modern Day Technology Leader Honorees for their dedication and contributions to Raytheon and to the industry. The category recognizes up-and-comers who are shaping the future of engineering, science and technology. The Raytheon honorees are:

  • Steve Austin, senior software engineer with honors, Intelligence and Information Systems
  • Tatangla Coleman, principal systems engineer, Space and Airborne Systems
  • Marcus Anthony Evans, senior electrical engineer, Missile Systems
  • Desmond Rollins, senior electrical engineer, Missile Systems
  • Darryl Smith, electrical engineering manager, Intelligence and Information Systems

About Black Engineer of the Year Awards
For more than 20 years, the BEYA National Conference has brought together top black professionals in the STEM fields to honor their achievements. The conference also serves as a forum for highlighting professional topics such as career advancement, diversity programs and specialized industry updates while providing a venue for increased networking and mentoring. This year’s conference and gala events will take place in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 16-18.

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