Wayne Tolbert recently received the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award at the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year awards STEM conference in Washington D.C. Recipients were honored for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) achievements and Wayne says that he hopes this recognition encourages youth, especially minorities, to pursue an education and career in a technical field.
Wayne is a principal systems engineer at Science Applications International Corporation where he performs cost estimating and risk analysis support for the Marine Corps’ amphibious assault vehicle survivability upgrade and the assault combat vehicle programs. He is also the program manager for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost & Economics. He received his bachelor of engineering from Clemson University via an Air Force ROTC scholarship. While serving as an officer in the military, he earned his MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Wayne was awarded the Air Force Commendation and Achievement medals during his service
Wayne is very active in the local community and has been a mentor for Kids Hope USA and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America. He also has served on the Board of Directors and as a pastoral staff member for various churches, directed men’s ministries, and led many youth and children’s group activities. Wayne spends much of his free time as a professional actor and a singer/songwriter. He has appeared on network television shows and his songs have aired on y radio stations across the country. Wayne has been married to his wife Misty for 18 years and they have two children.