Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford received the Black Engineer of the Year Award at the BEYA Gala this year for his outstanding efforts to mentor the next generation of American engineers, technicians, and technologists.
Over the last 34 years, the BEYA Conference has exposed more than 100,000 students to role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Lt. Gen. Crawford was commissioned through South Carolina State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on May 28, 1986, after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
During his 33 years of service, LTG Crawford has served in leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. In previous assignments, he served as commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, director of C4/Cyber and Chief Information Officer, U.S. European Command, commanding general, 5th Signal Command (Theater); and G-6, U.S. Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany.
During the BEYA 2020 event, Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford participated in a panel focused on cybersecurity and mobility. He spoke about reimagining the tech workforce of the future, risk management framework reform, and data migration efforts.
The event-packed three-day event unites thousands of students, college representatives, professionals, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The agenda includes seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, and the conference’s popular career fair, which provides access to leading employers.
More than 10,000 men and women have been nominated for the Black Engineer of the Year Awards; 957 have received category awards, and 34 have been selected as Black Engineer of the Year.
The three-star Army general becomes one of a select number of active-duty officers to be named Black Engineer of the Year since 1987. Uniformed officers who have received the prestigious engineering award during Black History Month include Captain Donnie Cochran (1989), Lt. Gen. Albert J. Edmonds (1996), and Lt. Gen. Joe N. Ballard (1998).