Good mentorship changes lives. It makes leaders. It builds confidence in a young person that will be vital for her or his success.

Good mentorship requires good mentors, which is why The Helping Project brings professionals at the top of their fields to the table for every scholar in the Black American Engineering Program. Our mentors have blazed new trails of innovation for companies such as Boeing, NASA, Tesla, PCB Piezotronics, Lockheed-Martin, and more. Together, they have decades of experience at the forefront of design, problem-solving and mentoring. All of them are dedicated to developing the next generation of engineers through inclusion.

The Helping Project is proud to welcome this auspicious roster of leaders who have volunteered as Black American Engineering Scholarship Program Mentors.

Julius Rivers

Julius Rivers is the Sr. Manager & Chief Engineer for Global Military Systems & Services Aftermarket Programs at RMS Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed-Martin company.

Prior to his current role, Julius spent 13 years at The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. In 2013, Rivers was awarded Black Engineer of the Year.

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Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson

Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson is the Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she directs the Center for Engineering, Education and Diversity (CEED).
Dr. Benton-Johnson has been an educator for more than twenty years and has mentored hundreds of students, earning her the Georgia Tech ‘Mentor of the Year’ award.

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Mike Lally

Mike Lally is the Founder and former President of The Modal Shop, an innovation firm specializing in sound and vibration system technology.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1986, Mike joined the University of Cincinnati Structural Dynamics research laboratory and later founded The Modal Shop, part of the PCB Group. 

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Dwayne Ingram

Dwayne Ingram is an accomplished CEO, board member, C-level executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience.  He held senior executive leadership positions with IBM and Amadeus for over 25 years and successfully started and sold three businesses as an entrepreneur.
Currently, he serves as a Board Advisor to 3 private companies and as a Chief Commercial Officer for Location Engine, a digital transformation start-up in New York City.

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Jacques Smith

Jacques Smith is the Co-Founder & Principal Sys. Design & Development Consultant at HEVI Enterprises, LLC, advancing Systems Development and Support Equipment and the plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Support Equipment (EVSE) global markets.
Jacques has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering field at companies like Boeing, Parker Hannifin, Sikorsky Aircraft, Curtiss-Wright Controls and more.

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