The 27th Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference will convene in Washington, D.C. Feb. 7, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The gathering will be returning to D.C., where they met in 2011. The coming conference is expected to host an estimated 10,000 persons, said Tyrone D. Taborn, editor in chief of USBE&IT magazine and chairman and CEO of the magazine’s publisher, Career Communications Group, Inc.

“Our message of expanding the STEM pipeline in our country has never been more relevant than it is today. I could not think of a more appropriate place for this conference to take place than the great city of Washington,” he said.

“Unfortunately, a legal issue eliminated Baltimore,” Taborn said, “but Tom Noonan had a very strong proposal.”

The BEYA STEM Conference is the largest gathering of STEM professionals and leaders who are committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically underrepresented communities in the technology workforce.

Among the highlights of the conference; where the nation’s top Black engineer will be honored, is the annual Stars and Stripes Military Dinner, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8. In 2011, the highest-ranking military leaders attended, including all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The dinner honors top African American men and women in the United States armed forces.

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