George Jonas and Africans in the diaspora have over the decades and centuries achieved impeccable achievements that have continued to portray the continent in good lights.
One of such Africans is Tanzanian George Jonas, who plies his trade with Boeing and currently working with the Boeing Company’s commercial airplanes as 777X Airplane safety engineer.
Jonas was at the weekend bestowed the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (Beya) gong, making him one of the 41 people from around the world to have received different Beya awards in different categories.
Beya is one of the largest gatherings in the US dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Other winners at the awards were Boeing namely Mr Raenaurd Turpin, the company chief engineer who also won the Outstanding Technical Contribution in industry award and Mrs Tiera Fletcher, the company’s Space Launch System Structural Design engineer, who emerged the Most promising Engineer.
Mr Jonas was first known by Tanzanians when Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) received the first Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner in July, last year.
Jonas, 41 years, is one of the technical members of staff for Boeing, who took part in the manufacturing of the 262-seater plane. He joined Boeing in 2011 and was part of the company’s team that built Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Jonas who hails from Mbeya Region of Tanzania was prior to joining Boeing, an employee at Bombardier, where he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Bombardier Learjet Strategic Transformation Project in 2009, winning the Walt W Braithwaite Legacy Award.