Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch was named by BEYA STEM as the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year for bringing about progress in higher education during his 50-year career. He will receive the award on Feb. 11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch has been named the Black Engineer of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch has been named the Black Engineer of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

DeLoatch is the dean emeritus of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University, which he founded in 1984. Prior to being dean at Morgan he spent 24 years at Howard University with his last position being chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering. In addition, he is a past president, and the first African-American president, of the American Society of Engineering Education and served as dean of the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“When I left school, less than one-half of one percent of all the engineers in the country was African American,” said DeLoatch in a statement. “It was an area where we had little knowledge of, and participation in when I graduated with my first engineering degree. It had nothing to do with capability, but the way engineering grew,” he said.

In addition to DeLoatch more than 100 scientists and engineers will receive 31 category awards and special recognition honors at the 2017 BEYA STEM Conference. The BEYA STEM Conference is hosted by Career Communications Group’s USBE&IT Magazine, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and the Council of Engineering Deans at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“I can’t think of a better thing I could have done, from the time I started as an instructor in engineering at Howard University,” DeLoatch said. “I have no regrets taking the route of higher education and engineering as a public matter, and doing it in an environment, where I could impact the thought processes and the decisions to become an engineer in the historically Black colleges and universities in our country. It was about wanting to expose as many young people to a field little known, as I see it, in the African-American community –a very critical field for the progress of this nation,” he said.