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May 9, 2022

Alumnus honored by Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Written By: Jason Daley


Chris Jenkins
Chris Jenkins

Computer engineering alumnus Chris Jenkins (MS ’08; PhD ’11) was recently honored at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Conference with a research leadership award. Jenkins is an electrical engineer and computer scientist in the information operations center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jenkins is a principal cybersecurity research and development staff member in Sandia’s Information Operations Center. He leads a team researching innovative ways to protect critical infrastructure and other high-consequence operational technology. His work focuses on three key areas: cyber-physical cybersecurity research; high-performance computing; and cybersecurity expertise outside the Labs. Jenkins also has been a local math tutor and previous officer in the National Society of Black Engineers.

BEYA is a program of the national Career Communications Group, an advocate for corporate diversity, and is part of its STEM achievement program. The Black Engineer of the Year awards annually recognize the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts.