Spy agency ranks 2nd on top HBCU engineering champions

The National Security Agency has been named among the top government supporters of historically black college and university engineering by a list that looks at how corporate and public sectors organizations support educational institutions with mentorship, career opportunities and scholarships.

The US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine annually surveys the deans of 15 HBCU engineering schools, and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering. Results from that poll are the basis for the “Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Schools” list.

Surveyed deans are asked to consider organizations’ support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research and mentorship projects, participation on advisory councils, stipends and career opportunities, among other issues.

Coming in at No. 2, NSA was surpassed by NASA and followed by the Energy Department and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Commenting on the rankings, NSA’s HR chief Cynthia Miller called the recognition an “extreme honor.”

“NSA strongly values diversity and inclusion and this is demonstrated through our partnerships with these prestigious institutions,” she said in a statement. Human Resources understands the benefits of attracting their highly trained students. Moreover, we value these institutions as a treasured resource for STEM talent, diversity, and innovation.”

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