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General Motors today announced that Marcos Purty, GM Plant Executive Director, Lansing Delta Township Assembly and Eric Fonville, Development Engineer, Propulsion Structures, Sealing & Fastening have won one of industry’s most important honors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Purty will receive the Career Achievement Award and Fonville will receive the Research Leadership Award during the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Awards in Washington, DC, on February 15.

“Driving the future of mobility will depend on a deep and diverse talent pool that can bring their whole selves to work,” said General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “As our industry continues to evolve, leveraging our diverse talent and empowering employees to infuse unique perspectives into all we do will position GM to shape the future of mobility and achieve our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”

The BEYA STEM Conference recognition program is more important than ever before as just half of STEM graduates pursue careers in their educational paths. For more than three decades, the awards have served the dual purpose of showcasing outstanding contributions in STEM and highlighting the challenges of racial bias, discouragement, and the lack of support minorities face in the workplace. This year’s conference theme is “Making the Untapped Potential Possible.”

For more than 30 years, awards presented at the BEYA STEM Conference have honored excellence in STEM and underscored the serious under-representation of minorities in STEM and at senior levels in all disciplines. Employers committed to inclusion have chosen the BEYA STEM Conference to exchange best practices and strategies on how to promote and retain diversity in scientific and technical fields. 

The 2020 BEYA STEM Conference will host multiple award presentation events throughout the conference, where GM award winners will be recognized in addition to all 2020 award recipients for their significant accomplishments in STEM. 

Over the three-day event, the conference will provide forums on the retention of minorities in STEM, continuous improvement, and networking. 

During this year’s conference, 12 GM employees from locations across North America will be recognized with awards.

Modern-Day Technology Leader Awardees:

  • Fitsum Ejigu, Senior Software Developer, Austin, Texas
  • Quanya Jefferson, Launch Manager, Flint, Michigan
  • Lynne Moore, Maintenance Manager, Spring Hill, Tennessee
  • Will Morris, Senior Manager Information Security Engineering, Austin, Texas
  • Michelle Stoutermire, Product Owner, Owners Center and, Detroit
  • Bradman Taylor, Engineering Group Manager – CEI GCCX Retail Experience, Detroit

Science Spectrum Trailblazer Awardees:

  • Opeyemi Alabi, Process Engineer, Warren, Michigan 
  • Talona Johnson, Assistant Program Manager, Warren, Michigan 
  • Phillip McQuirter, Shift Leader-Transfer Press Operations, Parma, Ohio
  • Darrell Rounds, Facility Engineering–Electrical/Mechanical, Warren, Michigan
  • Richard Salmon, Quality Engineer Manager, Lansing, Michigan 
  • Susan Sewell-Cary, Electrical Engineer, Parma, Ohio

The BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference is produced by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), the leader in workforce diversity, working with all types of companies to help support them in promoting multiculturalism and gender equity in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). For 34 years, the BEYA STEM Conference has been a leading event for professional development, networking, and providing a resource for minorities to feel empowered. For more information about the 2020 BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, visit

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