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CHIPS Articles: Naval Astronaut Receives BEYA Award

Naval Astronaut Receives BEYA Award
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathon Lockwood, Defense Media Activity - February 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- NASA astronaut Cmdr. Victor J. Glover, Jr. received the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) during a ceremony at the 12th annual Stars and Stripes dinner in Washington, D.C., Feb. 10.

The goal of the BEYA conference is to bring together students, educators and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals while facilitating partnerships with individuals and local STEM resources providing an atmosphere for mentorship.

Glover was recognized for his many contributions to the STEM community and with a list of extensive accomplishments he represents the Navy demonstrating honor, courage and commitment.

"It is a very humbling and I am extremely grateful," Glover remarked. "I can't help but think that there is an officer out there keeping the nuclear reactor online on a carrier or submarine, keeping the intercontinental ballistic missiles on the sub safe or just standing the watch far away from their family. I would love to have them here to witness and experience this conference. It will be them that I will think about when I receive the award."

Mentorship plays a huge part of being successful in both education and career and Glover is no exception. His mentors have led him to be the leader he is today.

"I chose engineering after one of my mentors in elementary school, Mr. Hargrave, [inspired me]," Glover said. "He looked at me and said 'If you work hard, you would make a great engineering.' I joke about it because I didn't even know what an engineer was."

Glover dove head first into engineering, accepting the trials along the way without any hesitation.

"The biggest challenge actually was not having a parent or big brother or someone close to me that has already done it," said Glover when reflecting on the numerous schools and classes. "So I figured out to innovate on my own through having to ask a lot of questions stumble and bump my head and restart."

Throughout his many accomplishments, Glover knew the importance of keeping a positive attitude and always pushing forward.

Glover has over 2,000 hours flying the F/A-18C Hornet and the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet accumulating 400 carrier arrested landings and 24 combat missions. As a test pilot he has flown in over 40 different aircraft. In 2013 he was selected as 1 of 8 into NASA's 21st class of astronaut completing training in 2015.

"Even on the days that it doesn't feel right, you need to smile and keep your feet moving," exclaimed Glover. "Find something bigger than you. Serving your nation is one of them. Seek challenges. Proactively go and get a mentor and be a recipient of feedback."

The three-day BEYA conference, which concluded Feb. 11, provided an opportunity to give young men and women from around the country, who demonstrate outstanding performance in STEM, to meet and sit down with different organizational leaders and receive mentorship, aiming to help them reach for their dreams.

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