An Army engineer was honored Feb. 9 as the Black Engineer of the Year, Most Promising Engineer - Government category at the BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, D.C.
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 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 on 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 I2WD and CERDEC as a whole," 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. 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 bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering.
"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," Mingle said. "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."