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Posted 1/25/2013

Release no. 13-005



Vicksburg, Miss…..Marneshia V. Richard and Charles E. Stokes, Jr., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District employees, have been selected to be honored in the category of Modern-Day Technology Leader by the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine.

Modern-Day Technology Leaders are men and women who demonstrate outstanding performance and exhibit potential to shape the future course of engineering, science, and technology.

Richard is a structural engineer in the Engineering and Construction Division and is responsible for performing structural engineering design work for conventional type structures. She performs designs of steel and concrete structures in connection with flood control, navigation, and multi-purpose projects, and prepares plans and specifications for the projects.

A native of Ashland, Richard is a graduate of Ashland High School. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, and is an engineer-in-training for her pre-certification as a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi. She is the daughter of Kervin and Martha Richard of Ashland.

Stokes is a civil engineer in the Engineering and Construction Division and is responsible for performing design work for a variety of bank stabilization projects on rivers and streams. He is also responsible for channel improvement structures providing flood control and navigation along the Mississippi River within the boundaries of the Vicksburg District.

A native of Utica, Stokes is a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering from Jackson State University. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is the son of Charles and Rachel Stokes, Sr. of Utica.

They will receive the awards at the 27th annual Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Global Competitiveness Conference to be held 8 February in Washington D.C. This conference recognizes outstanding accomplishments in STEM in industry, education, and government.