Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, Pa – Whether the topic is valve actuators or diversity and inclusion, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) veteran Ed Carter’s leadership and expertise shines brightly and has led to him winning the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award. Upon finding out that he won the award, Carter was, “Surprised, but excited and proud to be recognized with such an honor. It’s a remarkable achievement and I’m honored to be among the other leaders and innovators who have received this award.”
According to the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) website, the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award is a part of the BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) Category. The OAAs are granted to individuals in the workforce. These nomination applications are reviewed and recommended for an award by a panel of leaders from industry, government, and academia.
Carter has earned a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Howard University.
As Chair of the African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG), Carter’s application of diversity and inclusion was vital in creating a safe space for employees to discuss the racial tension stemming from George Floyd’s murder in April 2020. Under his leadership, they facilitated the “I Can’t Breathe” discussion, where individuals shared insights and social injustice within the communities.
Carter’s leadership within both his role managing the valve actuator programs and as the chair of the AAERG has made a significant impact across NSWCPD. His theme of diversity and inclusion echoes throughout his successes and serves as a blueprint for future generations.