Raven Moses ’20 Receives 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Award
Thursday, April 19, 2018
by Gordon Kender
Saint Joseph’s University student Raven Moses '20 received the BEYA Leadership Community Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Moses, an information technology major and economics minor from Alexandria, Virginia, was honored for her efforts in making outstanding contributions to STEM education through a commitment to volunteering, interacting and engaging on campus and in her local community.
"Raven is a very focused and goal-driven individual with great leadership abilities," says Babak Forouraghi, Ph.D., professor and chair of computer science. "She is very enthusiastic about STEM education and has taken great strides to involve her peers in various activities around the campus."
BEYA is a yearly conference, hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Council of HBCU Engineering Deans and US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. This Conference brings top professionals and students from every part of the country in the science, engineering, math and technology fields to network and recognize students and innovators who have made a great impact.
Moses established Advancement in Diversity (A.I.D.) STEM at SJU in September 2017 to connect STEM students and build a network for intellectual collaboration and encouragement. The group hosts various community events on campus, such as meetings designed to help STEM majors direct their post-graduation plans. Vanguard and Tokio Marine North America Services have both visited campus to share internship and job opportunities.
“I’ve been posting flyers for events on campus, designed our website and have been working with faculty as well as local businesses to find experiential opportunities for STEM majors, especially those who may not have access to such opportunites,” explains Moses.
In the future, Moses plans to do more with the immediate community around SJU's campus. Next semester, A.I.D. STEM is collaborating with Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring in local children for interactive STEM weekend events.
“We are trying to reach out to high schools nearby,” says Moses. “STEM is not a term that every high schooler knows about — ideally we could host a panel where seniors could ask general college questions while networking with STEM majors at Saint Joseph’s.”
Last summer, Moses worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the Infrastructure and Operations department in Washington, D.C. This summer, she will work for United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut.