WASHINGTON – Feb. 10, 2023 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) employee Cedric Mann has been recognized with top honors at the 37th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference.

Mann, a senior chief engineer, systems architect and tech fellow in Northrop Grumman Space Systems received the 2023 BEYA Senior Technology Fellow Award for his leadership in research and development. For more than 14 years, he has made important contributions to our national security. His work currently focuses on designing and developing technology to be used on space systems. Lending his expert knowledge to multiple programs, he is also a champion for the STEM community and contributes to the company’s talent pipeline by mentoring early and mid-career engineers. Mann earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Wayne State, and a master’s in engineering from George Washington University.

In addition to Mann’s recognition, four Northrop Grumman employees received the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award for their contributions in shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology in the workforce. Eighteen other employees have been recognized as BEYA Modern Day Technology Leaders for providing important leadership in the future STEM talent pipeline.

“I’m inspired to see so many colleagues recognized for their innovation, dedication and important contributions to STEM. Our diverse workforce is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the technology field,” said Kenny Robinson, chief diversity officer and vice president of global corporate responsibility, Northrop Grumman. “The unique perspectives our employees bring to work each day fuel our exceptional culture and our ability to solve some of the world’s most complex problems and advance human discovery.”   

The BEYA STEM conference provides networking opportunities, role models and support for students and engineers who are the pipeline to our future. It’s why Northrop Grumman has partnered with BEYA for almost four decades. 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 95,000 employees define possible every day.


2023 Northrop Grumman BEYA Award Recipients

Senior Technology Fellow Award Recipient:

  • Cedric Mann

Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award Recipients:

  • Jeffrey Avery
  • Victoria Gray
  • Taylor Jacobs
  • Keyshawn Phelps

Modern Day Technology Leader Award Recipients:

  • Ondrea Adger
  • Dolapo Afolabi
  • Cameron Alsgood
  • Anthony Alston
  • Isaac Arega
  • William Boiquaye
  • Myra Burris
  • Kayla Clay
  • Evander Cook
  • Ebenezer Dadson
  • Brandon McCleese
  • Gerald Demby
  • William Furr
  • Charles Garrett
  • Anthony Hickman
  • Matthew Okabue
  • Joey Prince
  • Ronald Steward