Longtime Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employee Vernell Thomas has recently been honored for her outstanding career achievement and presented with a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA).
Thomas, who currently serves as the Maritime Electronic Warfare Technical Project Manager (TPM) in the Applied Science and Demand Management Department, has held significant leadership roles in advancing Maritime Electronic Warfare during her career at NSWC Crane. In this role, she manages the sustainment and development of current and future U.S. Navy electronic warfare systems. She has also successfully led one of the largest NSWC Crane projects – which includes almost 200 employees and $50 million per year in revenue.
Thomas has also been an instrumental leader in professional organizations and key in career advancement for women and minorities at NSWC Crane – where she has also served as a mentor to many. Additionally, she has taken an active lead in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) recruitment of minorities at NSWC Crane.
She is active in many organizations and is a member of Federal Employed Women (FEW) –where she currently serves as the FEW Hoosier Hills Chapter Immediate Past President and as the Great Lakes Region Regional Representative. Thomas has also coordinated several events for Blacks In Government (BIG) as well as served as a member of the Crane Employee Organization Team (CEOT). She is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (Bloomington), mentor for Indiana University Minority Achievement Program, Bloomington City-Wide Kwanza Planning Committee member, NSWC Crane Corporate Hiring Team member, NSWC Crane Technical Recruiting Team member and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Corporate Hiring Team.
Thomas was presented with the prestigious award during the BEYA STEM Modern Day Technology Luncheon on Feb. 19.