𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐔𝐒
(Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) Jelani Jarvis is being recognised by his peers in the Engineering field. Within two years of working in the industry, Jelani was nominated for and awarded the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Award) Modern-Day Technology Leader Award which will be presented to him at the 2023 BEYA STEM Conference held in Washington DC.
These prestigious awards are given to engineers who demonstrate achievement, leadership and impact on their companies and industries. The annual conference highlights professional achievement among people of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, providing networking and recruitment opportunities in fields where people of color are underrepresented.
Jelani started his career as a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer working for an engineering consulting firm in Lake Mary, FL roughly a month after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida amidst the Covid 19 pandemic in the summer 2020. After about 8 months, he was able to secure a position with Jacobs Engineering as a Junior Electrical Engineer in Gainesville, FL.
The former Sunnyside Tutorial, Antigua Grammar School and Antigua College Student is a true example that in spite of your humble beginnings, in spite of the many financial obstacles and closed doors, remaining steadfast towards your dreams through self- drive, determination and hard work will ultimately lead you to the path of success.
A quote that Jelani lives by is from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”