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Midshipman Receives Black Engineer of the Year Award
Posted on: February 12, 2013 08:00 EST by Jessica Clark
A Naval Academy midshipman received the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Award for student military leadership at the BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9.
Midshipman 1st Class Camille Ross received the award, given annually to a service academy student, for her work as president of the academy’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter.
“I’m honored to be recognized for doing a good job,” said Ross, of St. Leonard, Md., on her award nomination. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s always rewarding.”
As NSBE president, Ross was responsible for all the budgeting and logistical planning for the chapter’s events, including community service events like A Walk for Education, during which NSBE members handed out information on college applications and scholarships throughout local communities..
“I think that my leadership style is very straightforward,” said Ross. “I have clear expectations and goals for NSBE and its members. Being NSBE president has helped develop me as a leader because I learned how to manage my time and resources to best benefit the group.”
“Interpersonal skills on a large scale are different from one-on-one skills, and I would not have that experience if I wasn't the NSBE president,” she said.
Ross also serves as her company’s operations officer and is a member of the Midshipman Black Studies Group and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
A history major, she will be commissioned as a Navy ensign in May and will serve as a nuclear surface warfare officer. Her first tour will be on board USS Mustin (DDG 89) in Yokosuka, Japan.
“Midshipman Ross has been a true asset to NSBE,” said Lt. Ekon George, the organization’s officer representative. “Her dedication to developing her subordinates leadership skills as well as her own rivals that of a seasoned junior officer. I have no doubt she will see nothing but success in the fleet.”
Each year, BEYA recognizes the many achievements of African-American leaders, military and civilian, across the country in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and leadership.
The conference offers seminars and workshops providing new information on topics affecting technology professionals including career advancement, diversity programs and specialized industry updates.