BALTIMORE – Feb. 16, 2024 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) employee Dr. Gilbert “Chip” Jones will be honored at the 38th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference. In addition to Jones, five Northrop Grumman employees were recognized as BEYA Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award Winners, and 17 were recognized as BEYA Modern Day Technology Leaders.

  • Dr. Jones, a systems engineer, is receiving the 2024 BEYA Legacy Award, which recognizes his ability to shape the future through outstanding systems engineering contributions and cultivating the next generation of STEM talent through mentoring and tutoring. Learn more about Dr. Jones’ contributions.
  • The five employees recognized as BEYA Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award winners are Jermaine Azu, Deshawn Brown, Jada Gray, Kasey McCoy and Leah Williams.
  • The 17 employees recognized as BEYA Modern Day Technology Leaders are Mahlet Adamu, Justin Bates, Diana Boseman, Nicolle Collins, Roberts Etumnu, Travene Grant, Derrick Harris, Kevin Harrison, Kendall Hayman, Leah Horton, Kyle Lowe, Jerome McDonald, John Robinson, Michael Saiki, Kadeem Spencer, Deionn Yarberough and Malcolm Young.
Northrop Grumman's Dr. Gilbert "Chip" Jones Honored at 2024 Black Engineer of the Year STEM Global Competitiveness Conference
Dr. Gilbert “Chip” Jones, a systems engineer with Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems, will receive the 2024 Legacy Award during the 38th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award Global Competitiveness Conference on Feb. 17. Dr. Jones was among 23 Northrop Grumman employees recognized during the event. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman) 


Agartha Larbi, vice president, global corporate responsibility, Northrop Grumman: “Congratulations to our 2024 BEYA Award winners. The BEYA Awards recognize outstanding technology leaders and their contributions to advancing the STEM workforce of the future. We are proud to have some of the brightest minds in the nation on our diverse team. Diversity is the catalyst for creativity and innovation, and it enables us to create some of the most technically sophisticated capabilities in the world.”

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The BEYA STEM conference, hosted by the Career Communications Group, brought together students and professionals in STEM fields to learn, network and celebrate their profession. The event also highlighted significant achievement in STEM by awarding professionals through awards programs including the Black Engineer of the Year, Science Spectrum Trailblazer and Science Spectrum Trailblazer awards.

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 employees define possible every day.