General Motors Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn was handed down the ‘Black Engineer of the Year Award’ during the 29th annual Becoming Everything You Are STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) conference in Washington, DC.
The BEYA STEM conference is a three-day event which enables networking and career building among professionals from a range of different industries. This year’s event marked the first time a GM employee has received the award. Seven other GM employees also took home awards including Justin McDade, who was recognized as being the ‘Most Promising Scientist’.
Over 6,500 attendees, among them students, educators and industry representatives, were on hand to see GM Board member Errol Davis and Executive Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss present Welburn with the night’s top honors. Welburn, who was promoted to VP of Global Design in 2003, is the first African American to lead a global automotive design organization, GM says.