Smith recognized in D.C. as a Modern-Day Technology Leader

Smith recognized in D.C. as a  Modern-Day Technology Leader By STACIE BAILEY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Frederick Smith, an information technology specialist at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, was among those honored as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the 31st annual National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competi-tiveness Conference in Washing-ton, D.C.

The BEYA Modern-Day Technology Leaders Award recognizes individuals committed to shaping and strengthening the future of STEM. Honorees are considered “high-achieving women and men who are making a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent upon the products and processes they create.

“They are innovative managers or staff members of high-tech programs, bold entrepreneurs, fulfilling the ever-changing needs of large companies or the general public. They are the wealth in the pipeline that will help keep the U.S. strong, competitive and safe in the decades ahead.”

“When I found out I was selected, I was excited and rejuvenated,” Smith said. “I felt that some of the fruits of my labor were coming to bear.”

Prior to joining NAWCWD in 2014, Smith served as a U.S. Army contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan for five years supporting operations in information security and identity dominance through the use of biometric automated toolsets. During his time with WD, he has used risk management framework. He now works in the Weapons System Center for Integration supporting the Warfare Systems Integration Laboratory Engineering Division.

“Since I’ve been here, I have worked to have a thorough knowledge of the environment I work in and the people I support in information security,” he said.

“I want to ensure that I’m able to meet with them and align with them in their strategic and tactical goals as well as their overall mission to ensure that I provide them the tools, information and resources needed to operate safely as they make the new cutting-edge widgets or gadgets for our warfighters.”

Smith is participating in the Naval Air System Command’s Journey Leadership Development Program and is pursuing a doctorate in information insurance and security from Capella University.

His five- to 10-year plans include becoming a branch head or a division head or serving as his group’s Functional Security Con-trol Assessor-Liaison. He said he stands by Benjamin Franklin’s belief that, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

“My advice to others would be to continue to hone their craft in making a name for themselves in whatever arena they are supporting,” Smith said. “Try to contribute in making a name for and bringing positive light to not only for themselves, but their organization.”

The annual BEYA STEM Conference, is hosted by Career Communications Group’s U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine, the Lock-heed Martin Corporation and the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is sponsored by Aerotek.

Pictured: Frederick Smith, second from right, is pictured with (from left) Dr. Pamela McCauley, Ann Marr and Dr. Kendall Harris. -- U.S. Navy photo

Story First Published: 2017-03-24