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For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. 
With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.
Caterpillar supports the community through it's foundation. Since 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has been dedicated to transforming lives in the communities where we live and work around the world. Together with our partners, we champion programs that support education, environment and basic human needs – which help people help themselves out of poverty. The Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $685 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world.
In addition, Caterpillar has supported NSBE both nationally and locally, since the early 1990's.
Before diversity and inclusion was considered, Caterpillar Inc. supported the concept. Since the early 80's Caterpillar has employed and supported African American engineers, through corporate policies that champion diversity. In addition, Caterpillar has supported NSBE for over 30 years by participating on it's Board of Corporate Affiliates. This company has shown that it believes in our mission through financial and human resources. Let's celebrate them for being an excellent corporate partner.


Jason Coleman - Project Syncere

Jason Coleman is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Project SYNCERE, an educational not-for- profit organization whose mission is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he worked in the aerospace industry for 3 years at BAE SYSTEMS, where he designed and developed flight control systems for military and commercial aircrafts. He was later employed with Motorola Mobility for 5 years, where he developed the mechanical layouts for the latest cellular phones. During his tenure in corporate America, he noticed the dismal amount of minorities and women in the fields of engineering and decided a change was necessary.

In 2008, he co-founded Project SYNCERE in an effort to bring about a change within the STEM fields. As a product of the Chicago Public School system, it was important for the co-founder to ensure access to quality programs was available to inner city youth. Project SYNCERE has since served over 11,000 Chicago area students since their launch, helping to increase their interest in STEM, improve their overall understanding of engineering and preparing them to enter post-secondary institutions to major in STEM disciplines.

Project SYNCERE is now in its 8 th year of operation and has been able to have an incredible impact on the youth throughout Chicago. Through our partnerships with schools, universities and other community organizations we are able to serve more than 2,600 students annually/Project SYNCERE currently provides programming in more than 20 schools throughout Chicago as well as operates a year-round engineering academy to provide students with a pathway to engineering success. Our goal is to create a national organization that will reshape the way engineering is accessed and taught to students throughout the nation. We want to ensure that all students are provided an opportunity to develop 21st century technological skills, which will be necessary to drive our country forward as a world leader in innovation.

In his spare time, Jason volunteers with other local non-profits, sits on the Advisory Board for the Chicago Children’s Museum and a committee with the National Academy of Engineering to research K12 Educator Capacity in Engineering.


Mary McWilliams

A member of the inaugural Phi Sigma Rho class at Ohio State University, Ms. McWilliams completed her undergraduate degree (B.S. MET) in 1990, received her MBA in 1997 and received her certificate in program and project management in 2009. Currently, Ms. McWilliams is employed as a lead engineer for the DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, where she is responsible for fiber optic specifications for the Department of Defense and its Agencies. She also has the certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Mary has been an adjunct instructor with Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University and University of Phoenix. She has also served Phi Sigma Rho in the capacity of Regional Field Director and VP of Standards and has served advisor and mentor for the Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority. In 2013-2014, Ms. McWilliams served on the National Professionals Board for the National Society of Black Engineers in the capacity of Special Projects Chair, Leadership and Operations Development. In 2014-2015, she served in the capacity of National Professionals Chair-elect for NSBE. Ms. McWilliams served as the 2015-2016 National Professionals Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, where she had oversight of over 6,000 professional members, providing strategic direction for the NSBE Professionals. She has just completed her term in the role of National Professionals Chair-emeritus, National Society of Black Engineers for 2016-2017. 

In 2017, Ms. McWilliams received the Order of Pyramid Award by Phi Sigma Rho

As a technical professional, Ms. McWilliams has worked for several multi-national companies in capacities of purchasing agent, process engineer, supplier quality engineer, manufacturing engineer and supply chain management. This well-rounded background has continued to prove itself beneficial in her capacity of lead engineer for the federal government as she provides consultancy services to several non-government technical bodies in the capacity of government liaison such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), National Electrical Manufacturers (NEMA), and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). In March 2017, Ms. McWilliams received the 2016 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Performance Award as a result of her collaborative and culminating work with the DOD Aviation Fiber Optics Standardization Joint Fiber Optic Working Group.


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