National Society of Black Engineers

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Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Our NSBE organization relies on our local chapters to drive our mission. How do you mobilize your local organization to achieve the best results? Many professionals chapters struggle with getting their chapter members engaged, designing chapter value and making a meaning impact on their communities. Chapters need a strong leadership culture along with adopting the right strategies. This chapter development and leadership focused workshop is geared for NSBE Professional chapter leaders and organization members (at all levels) who want to raise the bar with their chapter operations and leadership skills. This workshop is led by DeWayne Allen (2006-2007 NSBE National Professionals Chair) and Strauder Patton (2011-2012 NSBE Nationals Professionals Chair) who are not only serve as global managers in their careers, but also have successfully led local, regional and national organizations. They will share chapter essentials based on key business and leadership principles.

About the Presenters


DeWayne Allen, PMP – Currently serves as Director and General Manager of Pratt & Whitney Programs for United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS) division of United Technologies Corporation located in Rockford, Illinois.

He is responsible for the procurement, development, manufacturing, and aftermarket support for all the commercial and military geartrain and fuel control systems components including the A380/F135/F119 and other Advanced Engine programs valued at $100M. DeWayne leads a cross functional team that includes Program Management, Engineering, Operations, Quality, Finance, Contracts and Business Management that drives execution to increase productivity and efficiencies. United Technologies (UTC) with 2016 sales of $68B, is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. DeWayne previously served as the Business Process and Affordability Manager for the ISR and Space Systems Business unit of UTAS where he had dual responsibility of managing all the program management business processes as well as growing the Department of Defense portfolio. Prior to joining UTAS, DeWayne with Raytheon Company. Allen has held various leadership roles in operations/manufacturing, engineering, and program management.

He holds a dual B.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona. He has also completed graduate certificate programs at University of Arizona and Arizona State University. DeWayne is currently pursuing an Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense at the University of Tennessee as a part of the UTC executive development program.

DeWayne is very active both locally and nationally. His passion involves around getting minorities and kids interested in careers in math and sciences fields. He works with National Society of Black Engineers, Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, National Youth Sports, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. DeWayne has also served on several Boards including the Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce, Southern Arizona Black College Support Group, Tennessee Technological University College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and the founding member of the school’s Minority Affairs Scholarship Foundation. DeWayne is married and has one son.

Strauder-(2).pngStrauder Patton, PE, PMP – Strauder Patton, PE, PMP currrently works at CH2M, a global engineering services company, as the Commerical and Business Operations Manager for the firm’s Global Design Center (GDC) Organziation. Strauder serves on the global leadership team to drive the organization’s operations and strategic direction for the GDC network which comprises of 4,400 engineers who work in seven regional and global engineering and production centers representing all of CH2M’s geographies and market sectors. His previous roles include project manager, regional risk manager and discipline engineering lead in various industries such as industrial, oil and gas and infrastructure. Strauder has over 15 years project delivery experience related to the engineering and construction industry. Strauder earned his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a registered Professional Engineer in five states.

Strauder has been an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for over 18 years as a student and as a professional. Strauder has helped advise a number of local NSBE chapters across the U.S. and has held a number of national NSBE positions and committee seats including the 2011-2012 NSBE National Chairperson for the Professionals. In 2013-2015, Strauder co-led the CH2M partner effort to charter and deliver a NSBE Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) camp in Denver – an impactful, three week STEM camp in collaboration with CH2M, local private partners, City of Denver and Denver Public Schools, designed to motivate over 300 3rd-5th graders per year to pursue engineering. Strauder lives with this wife in Lone Tree – a suburb of Denver, Colorado.


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