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Corps Soldier, Richfield resident recognized as Modern-Day Technology Leader

Published Dec. 16, 2015
Capt. Dwight Howell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District

Capt. Dwight Howell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Capt. Dwight Howell, Richfield resident and United States Virgin Islands native assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District, will be honored as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the 30th annual BEYA [Becoming Everything You Are] Conference in Philadelphia at a luncheon Feb. 19.

The event is sponsored by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and the US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, published by Career Communications Group, Inc.

This company’s STEM achievement awards program is meant to recognize exemplary women, racial and ethnic minority STEM employees and their mentors and create a network of role models to serve as inspiration to others. This program started in 1987, at a time when the Department of Labor predicted a future shortage of skilled workers. Howell will be recognized in the category of ‘Most Promising Engineer.’

Howell currently serves as the St. Paul District’s quality manager and is responsible for the effective development, implementation and compliance of the district’s Quality Management Program, International Organization of Standards, Business Quality Procedures and Continuous Process Improvement Program. He has served as an Army engineer for nine years and held various positions to include company commander and executive officer. He completed two combat tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and has been awarded two bronze stars. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning and Urban Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning from Arizona State University.

Lt. Col. Chris Thompson, Howell’s former supervisor, nominated him for this award. “Intelligent and articulate with unimpeachable character, Dwight continuously utilized imitative and innovative solutions to solve complex problems,” said Thompson. “He has served the engineer profession, and the United States Army with the utmost professionalism, impeccable leadership and boundless dedication.”The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2014 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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