HII President and CEO Mike Petters Speaks at BEYA STEM Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) President and CEO Mike Petters spoke at the 27th Black
Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Conference on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Petters was the keynote speaker at
the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Engineering Deans'
Power Breakfast, which honors leaders in the STEM fields.
BEYA is the nation's largest annual gathering of STEM professionals and
leaders committed to increasing the percentage of underrepresented communities
in the technology workforce. The conference is an opportunity for students,
business leaders and educators to celebrate and promote academic and
professional achievement, network, and recruit new hires.
In his remarks during the breakfast, Petters challenged the conference
participants to "do something, no matter how small" to make a difference in a
young person's life.
"Sometimes someone's path appears to be predetermined by things you cannot
change," he said. "Yet I know from personal experience that the best way to
change that path--to influence a person's outcome--is through education. …
That's where you come in. You're engineers. In fact, you are the best and the
brightest. You are leaders. You are trained to solve problems. You just might
be able to help solve a problem for someone who deserves a chance--just by
getting involved. By turning them from one direction to another. By believing
in them when maybe no one else does."
Petters emphasized his point by telling stories about four HII employees who
make a difference in their Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding
communities by tutoring and coaching sports. They were among nine HII
employees honored at the conference for their achievements in STEM.
For the full text of Petters' speech, visit:
Petters earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1982 and went on to serve as an officer on the submarine USS George Bancroft
(SSBN 643) and in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1993, he earned an MBA from the
College of William and Mary. He joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 and
held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the
organization, including vice president of aircraft carrier programs, vice
president of contracts and pricing, vice president of human resources, and
president of Northrop Grumman Newport News and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
He assumed the role of president and CEO for HII on March 31, 2011.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial
energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of
Energy. Employing about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and
California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and
Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information about HII, visit:
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