By Ms. Amanda Rominiecki RDECOM CERDEC Public AffairsFebruary 4, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- An Army engineer will be honored as the Black Engineer of the Year, or BEYA, Most Promising Engineer - Government category at the BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9.
Moses K. Mingle, a supervisory electronics engineer for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, was named most promising engineer for his contributions in the field of electronic warfare countermeasures.
Mingle serves as branch chief for the Electronic Warfare Systems, Ground Branch in CERDEC's Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate, or I2WD. His work focuses on the design, development, testing, evaluation, fielding and support of radio frequency countermeasure sensors and systems used throughout the world to defeat improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
"His technical capabilities, insights into the problem and innovative solutions that he has proposed and implemented along with his team have been extraordinary and very successful in dealing with the problem [of IEDs], thus saving numerous lives," said Ralph Troisio, I2WD Electronic Warfare Air/Ground Survivability division chief who nominated Mingle for the award.
The BEYA award recognizes "technology leaders for their career achievements and their efforts in strengthening the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pipeline" by inspiring young students of color to pursue careers in STEM areas, as stated by the BEYA website.
"This award speaks highly of not only Mr. Mingle's dedication to his work and the greater Army mission as a civilian, but his expertise and leadership that are invaluable to CERDEC," said Henry Muller, I2WD director. "His work has helped save countless lives. He serves as a role model to his peers and young students striving for a quality education and a meaningful career."
Born in Ghana, Mingle moved to the United States at the age of 10 to follow his parents who had moved to New York in search of a better life for themselves and their children. Mingle's uncle was an engineer and from him he found inspiration.
At the age of eleven, he took apart a broken VCR in an attempt to fix it. His uncle told him that is what engineers do -- fix problems, create solutions, build things to make life better -- and in that moment Mingle knew he wanted to be an engineer.
To get out of the Bronx and set an example for his younger siblings, Mingle focused on his education and later went on to receive a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
"From my own experience, I know how very important it is to promote STEM to the next generation," said Mingle. "My uncle was an example for me and now young students can see what I've been able to achieve. We must keep STEM education alive and prospering."
Mingle cites his grandparents, who raised him in Ghana and his parents when he moved to the United States, as those who taught him the value of discipline and respect, shaping him and his 11-year career as federal employee.
"I've never been a Soldier, but being able to get on the phone with a Soldier, hear their needs and work to meet them -- it's a great feeling," said Mingle. "You know you're doing something meaningful."
In addition to responsibilities at CERDEC, Mingle serves as the Chief Engineer for Product Manager Counter-Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or PdM CREW through Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, or PEO IEW&S.
"Mr. Mingle exemplifies the quality of an outstanding, dedicated leader who possesses personal integrity and a thoughtful communicative style," said Lt. Col. Bruce A. Ryba, of PdM CREW, who works closely with Mingle. "I am an ardent admirer of his giving spirit, creative talents and gifts, as well as the poise he radiates no matter how demanding or pressing the situation."
"While an award like this recognizes me, it just as much recognizes those around me: my team, those above me, and everyone who works with me," said Mingle. "I'm grateful to all those who support me. This is an award for my team, for I2WD, for CERDEC, for RDECOM and for the U.S. Army."