Principal Siraaj Hasan was recently awarded one of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) most prestigious honors: Outstanding Technical Contributions in Industry. But when asked what the recognition meant to him, Siraaj talked instead about the impact it could have on others.
“The BEYA award means a lot to me because when you’re a minority in this space, oftentimes you may not feel that you’re fully being seen. That can affect you in many ways,” he says. “As a principal, I think it’s important for junior staff to see someone like me in that position. Representation matters.”
Siraaj shares highlights from his award-winning career—and advice for future leaders.