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Dr. Shavonn Watkins Named 2024 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Most Promising Scientist

Dr. Shavonn Watkins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Shavonn Watkins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland – Receiving a Black Engineer of the Year Award is a coveted honor that acknowledges the outstanding achievements of Black professionals in STEM industries. It is a beacon of diversity and inclusion, promoting excellence and inspiring future generations to pursue careers in these critical fields. Dr. Shavonn Watkins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was recently awarded the Most Promising Scientist Award on Saturday, February 17, 2024, as part of the 38th BEYA STEM DTX Conference. Dr. Watkins was the first to receive this award on behalf of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., a Fortune 500 Consulting Firm headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Dr. Watkins is an expert in international and domestic agricultural development in Booz Allen Hamilton’s civil sector. She serves as a science, engineering, and technology advisor and thought leader for federal, state, nonprofit, for-profit, and philanthropic clients on global food security, current and emerging agricultural pests, and sustainable agriculture-based solutions in the face of climate change. Drawing on her international network to build and expand client work, Dr. Watkins is dedicated to serving as a bridge for agriculture-based technologies and innovation to reach and benefit all humanity, especially resource-poor and underserved populations worldwide.

The 38th BEYA STEM DTX Conference was a three-day event February 15-17, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland that provided a unique opportunity to celebrate leaders in STEM through seminars, inspiring panel discussions, networking, and unforgettable experiences.

To learn more about the Annual BEYA STEM DTX Conference and celebrate Dr. Watkins’ achievements, please visit

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