Army civilian honored with 'Black Engineer of the Year Award'
February 23, 2009
WARREN, Mich. Ac"a,! For Christopher Scott success has never been an option. It has always been a choice and that drive for excellence has been recognized.
Scott, a Detroit native, has been selected for a 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award in the Modern-Day Technology Leaders category and attended the BEYA Conference Feb. 18-22, 2009 in Baltimore, Md.
He is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's (RDECOM's) Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Mich. He was one of only two members from RDECOM to receive the honor.
"I was very anxious to find out if I won. I put a lot of work into my application and I really wanted to see it pay off," Scott remarked. "I knew it was very competitive, but I knew I had a great chance. When I found out that I was selected I was very much honored."
Black Engineer of the Year Awards recognize individuals who have achieved exceptional career gains in government and industry, in lifetime achievement and in pioneering feats.
The category of Modern-Day Technology Leaders honors men and women of color who are demonstrating outstanding performance and will shape the future course of engineering, science and technology.
Scott attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and earned his B.S in electrical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is currently working on his master's degree at Lawrence Technological University.
"Coming up through the Detroit Public Schools systems and making it to this point, I just want to show kids that applying yourself to education can lead to great things," Scott pointed out. "I want to be an example for these kids to look up to and winning an award like this really adds power to the words I tell them."
Just to be nominated was a terrific thrill for the 26-year-old, but actually winning an award is something that Scott says will stay with him for the rest of his life.
"This is something that is really going to stick with me. I am very excited to go to the conference and be among all the great people in the engineering field. It is a great honor to be recognized beside these people," remarked Scott. "This is truly something that I will remember for the rest of my life."
In addition to his work with TARDEC, Scott also donates much of his free time serving his community. He participates in anti-crime and educational projects within Detroit.