FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Just five years into his civilian career, Joseph Hill, assigned to the U.S. Information Systems Engineering Command, or ISEC, has earned the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Modern-Day Technology Most Promising Engineer recognition.Hill, a systems and electronics engineer, provides technical knowledge and support in the design, integration, implementation and fielding of hardware and software systems of complex Video Distribution Systems and network information systems.Hill’s was inspired begin his Army civilian service by his family.“I was interested in any form of service in the military since my father joined the Navy at a young age, and while I was in college my brother joined the Army,” Hill said. “I just want to be sure every individual in the Army has resilient systems allowing them to do their job.”The annual BEYA STEM Modern-Day Technology awards recognize bright men and women who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology. The nomination packages are reviewed and recommended for award by a panel of leaders from industry, government and academia.Hill and other ISEC BEYA awardees, including Keithley Crooks, George Grant, Kevin Ledbetter and Dante Milledge, will be officially recognized during the 2021 BEYA STEM Virtual Conference which kicks off Thursday, February 11, 2021.“He's very humble and like most engineers a bit introverted, but when assigned to perform research and develop engineering documentation, he does his best to provide accurate and quality work,” said Bryan Kleese, Enterprise Services Group Leader in the Fort Huachuca Engineering Directorate of ISEC. “He speaks up during project meetings and you can see his confidence building from year to year. When we first discussed his career, I discussed some of the IT disciplines that we need in our Directorate. He said he was interested in focusing on Network engineering and AV/VIS engineering, which are two of the IT disciplines that are in great demand in our command. He took the necessary training to develop these skills and did not hesitate to develop engineering documentation and send it to subject matter experts to review for feedback. In my group, he is our top AV/VIS engineer.”Hill believes his technical growth has come from challenges he has faced.“If you believe you can do something ask to take on the task,” Hill said. “I lack self-confidence and I would stagnate because of it, taking on only what I know for sure. When my confidence did peak, I would ask for jobs I have minimal to zero experience, meeting more failures than success, but those moments of taking on that challenging work has given me greater growth than when I chose to stay on the side and keep quiet.”Hill’s satisfaction in his job comes directly from seeing a smile on his customers’ faces.“It is always rewarding when you have done a job well,” he continued. “I enjoy fitting the process to meet the customer needs and ensuring, from design to implementation, that your work holds up. I get anxiety when it is dissected, but learning and assimilating the information to make a better product is what brings me excitement especially after it is in use and I can verify the customer's satisfaction. I just enjoy watching my work satisfy the customer’s need.”ABOUT ISECThe U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, provides systems engineering, installation, integration, implementation and evaluation support for communications and information technology systems worldwide, providing capabilities to Army organizations, combatant commanders, DoD agencies, and federal agencies in support of the warfighter.ABOUT CECOMThe U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, sustains and delivers command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) readiness for American Soldiers. Whether repairing radar and satellite terminals to maintain battlefield awareness...delivering software updates to keep tactical radios safe from virtual intruders...or ensuring spare parts are available whenever and wherever needed...CECOM's global team equips and empowers Soldiers in all aspects of C5ISR, every minute of every day.