General Dynamics Employees Earn Honors at 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards
Kelvin Mason, Gulfstream's CIO, recognized for Lifetime Achievement.
Other General Dynamics award winners were recognized for their individual achievements as Modern Day Technology Leaders or Science Spectrum Trailblazers.
At the recent 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Awards event in Philadelphia, 29 General Dynamics employees were recognized for their professional accomplishments and technology leadership.
Click here to view a slideshow about all of General Dynamics’ winners.
Award winners included Kelvin Mason, the chief information officer for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., who received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelvin began his career at Gulfstream in 1983 as an associate programmer and quickly demonstrated the skills and commitment that would characterize his entire career. He branched out as an entrepreneur to start his own, successful company in 1991, and rejoined Gulfstream 8 years later. In 2000 he was named chief information officer for Gulfstream, where he has been responsible for leading a team of 300 employees across 20 geographic sites and two global aerospace business units.
In presenting the award, Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, said, "Kelvin has made invaluable contributions to General Dynamics during the course of his distinguished career, and he has been a role model both within our company and in his hometown community of Savannah, Georgia.
"Kelvin's leadership has always been marked by professionalism, ingenuity and grace, as well as great concern for the well-being of future generations," Mr. Johnson said.
Other General Dynamics award winners were recognized for their individual achievements as Modern Day Technology Leaders or Science Spectrum Trailblazers. Winners were:
Modern Day Technology Leaders
Lori Abernethy, Advanced Engineer – Systems
Dennis Addison, Advanced Engineer – Systems
David Harris, Senior Principal Engineer – Systems
Bernard 'Bee Jay' Jones, Senior Principal Engineer – Systems
Steve Rollins, Senior Advanced Engineer – Software
Randy Strickland, Senior Technical Manager – Systems
Gene DaCosta, Principal Electrical Engineer, Product Development Lead
Emory Dickerson, Principal Integration and Test Engineer
Erik Roberts, Senior Systems Engineer
Floyd Simpson, System Engineer, Wireless Integrated Product Team Lead
Aram Mead, Mechanical Engineer
Yugapriya Wing, Hydrodynamics Engineer
Rita Bruce, Program Manager
Michelle Bullock, Program Manager
William Mansell, Information Systems Analyst
Anthony Mays, Sr. Principal Network Engineer
Erick Pou, Principal Network Engineer
Danny Stith, Systems Administrator/Engineer
Krishna Jelinski, General Counsel
Renee Kelly, Senior Engineer within Structural Systems and Analysis
Ramprasad Krishnamachari, Senior Engineering Specialist & Mobility Lead
Ian Kelly, Senior Supervisor - Electrical Systems
Chris Frissora, Project Engineering Manager
Adam Hart, Aircraft Performance Engineer
Van Wilson, Program Manager
Walter Young, Large Cabin Mechanical Systems Engineer
Science Spectrum Trailblazers
Kamal Mohamed, Systems Engineer – Ship Control and Monitoring Systems
Shane Williams, Senior Software/Systems Engineer
During his opening remarks at the event, Mr. Johnson said, "These awards recognize leaders in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics communities. They shine a spotlight on role models that younger generations can look up to and aspire to be. It should be our shared objective that every time we applaud an honoree, we are inspiring another one.
"Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are integral to the future of our country," Mr. Johnson continued. "Only through our unwavering commitment to educating the next generations of STEM professionals can we hope to retain our global leadership role. To maintain our ability to produce leading-edge technologies and preserve our global competitiveness, we must continue to celebrate the achievements of people like you, and to elevate STEM-educated role models that future generations can emulate."
General Dynamics' participation in the BEYA awards and similar programs is reflection of our commitment to diversity, which encourages inclusion of all people and fosters a work environment in which employees can perform their jobs and pursue their careers free from discrimination and harassment.