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#BlackSTEMLikeME

Inspired by the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has launched a nationwide campaign titled #BlackSTEMLikeMe. This unique multimedia initiative is aiming to encourage black students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to share their stories and passions; bring visibility to the important work they are doing; show children that a future in STEM is an incredible and attainable career path; demonstrate the value of NSBE membership and celebrate the unique, wonderful and life-changing aspects of the African-American community — past and present.

In celebration of the successes of today’s African-American engineers and the popularity of #BlackSTEMLikeMe, we asked some of our employees to share their story as it relates to empowering the next generation in STEM. Here's what they had to say:

  

"As a senior chemical engineer at Cummins, every day I come to work knowing that I am helping contribute to a better world…literally. That in itself is amazing to me. Giving back to the community is not a choice but something that I consider to be a requirement for myself. It was my community and the people around me that fostered to my success in engineering. Pursuing chemical engineering was a choice that I blindly made not truly knowing what I was in for. I decided to pursue chemical engineering because I got an 'A' in chemistry and thought as a result chemical engineering would be easy. Ha! Was I wrong, but funny enough I still fell in love with the field and the challenges that came with it. I give back to my community by speaking with young girls about my journey and engineering as well as encouraging them to pursue their interests even if it isn’t considered “typical.” In addition to speaking to young girls, I will forever give back to NSBE, the organization that I can truly say was responsible for where I am in my career today. As a member, I advise, I coach and I mentor to students striving for success in the fields of STEM. A piece of advice I would give the next generation would be to never turn something down because it looks ‘too hard’.”

 

 

 


“The foundation of my passion for recruiting and empowering aspiring STEM leaders lies in the reality that minorities are poorly represented in STEM. Black representation, more specifically, is extremely low; but, it is growing. While timelines would say that my journey with NSBE started when I was recruited as a Production Validation Engineer by Cummins Inc. during a NSBE Regional Conference in Alabama in 2010, the truth is my tale truly began when I understood the magnitude of the opportunity granted to me by Cummins. By volunteering as a recruiter for the NSBE National and Regional Conferences, I am honored and humbled to be able to provide that same opportunity to other aspiring black students. That is why I remained involved with NSBE after graduating college by joining the Indianapolis Professional Chapter with whom I volunteered every Saturday with MEPI (Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis) where we worked closely with the community to expose minority students to STEM studies and careers.  I feel a personal obligation to give back to NSBE because like the movie Hidden Figures suggests, personal success can only be attained when we create success opportunities for others. It really boils down to being the change you want to see in the world. Advice I would offer to the upcoming generation is your accent, skin color, clothing, or thought process do not just make you different; it makes you special and valuable.”

 

 

 

"I give back to my community by supporting STEM initiatives such as partnering with my local NSBE collegiate chapter (NSBE Chapter of the University of Wisconsin - Madison). Since I started working at Cummins as a Product Engineer, I made it a mission of mine to make sure that I connected with a group of college minority engineers now that I am a professional. When I was in school, the little interactions I had with engineering professionals that looked like me had a huge impact on not only my motivation to finish my degree but also my desire to give back to those who may need my help. I want to support upcoming black engineers who may be facing that same experience. If I could give students one piece of advice it would be to “lift as you climb”. I feel like a lot of us are given talents and if you were brave enough to choose to pursue a degree in a STEM field then you have potential to affect a lot more people than you may initially know."  

 

 

 

 

“I lead the 12th grade class at the minority engineering program of Indianapolis (MEPI). This program is held monthly in downtown Indianapolis. The goal is to get high school students of Indianapolis engaged in STEM and excited about attending and graduating from college. I am responsible for creating the outline for the class, choosing the right facilitator and taking the students to the NSBE conference. I chose to become an engineer at a young age. I was fascinated with the way electronics worked and wanted to tear them apart. My parents also played a huge role in my decision of pursuing a STEM related major, for which I am grateful. Advice I give my students is, surround yourself with the right people that believe in you and you believe in them. Even though it may not always be fun but stick in there. Just like Tom Brady, your 5th Super bowl ring is few minutes away.”

 


 

 

“I joined Cummins in August of 2016 and have been looking to support the company’s STEM initiatives. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to get involved with NSBE. During my senior year of college, I volunteered for a STEM program that sought to get 5th graders excited about STEM. Twice a week I had the amazing experience of working on fun science projects with kids. I was also part of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) at my school and we invited 7th and 8th graders every year to our school for an entire day of engineering related challenges to get them excited about STEM. I have always loved the sciences and I got drawn to engineering because I wanted to do something that positively impacted people’s day to day lives. The ever evolving world of technology is very fascinating and to me it’s interesting to understand what goes on behind the scenes. Advice I would give to the next generation of engineers would be to stay focused on your end goal and believe in yourself! Whatever you set your mind to is achievable.”

 

 

 

 

“Since I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming an engineer. I was fascinated by large civil transport airplanes and equally large gas turbine engines that powered them. I knew studying aerospace engineering would be my ideal field of study and my dreams came true when I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in aerospace engineering. Aside from my career as an engineer, I run an education program through the Galaksi Foundation that attempts to mend educational inadequacies in low-income communities. I am also a part of the NSBE-Indianapolis Professionals program where I proudly support the chapter's Pre-collegiate Initiatives & Community Service Programs. Advice I would give to the next generation would be to constantly build and maintain good relationships.”