Crisfield hometown standout earns national Golden Torch Award

Posted 4/12/22

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Crisfield native Dr. Nykia Jackson Brooks is one of 14 people this year to receive a Golden Torch Award announced during the 48th annual convention of the National Society of …

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Crisfield hometown standout earns national Golden Torch Award

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Crisfield native Dr. Nykia Jackson Brooks is one of 14 people this year to receive a Golden Torch Award announced during the 48th annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The annual event was held March 23-27 in Anaheim.

The Golden Torch honors individuals, companies and institutions that have produced a consistent body of highly-distinguished work, served as role models for others and advanced opportunities for African Americans in engineering.

Dr. Brooks for the last four years has been a program manager and electrical/systems engineering manager at Northrop Grumman. Her primary task is managing the U.S. Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Secure Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) project. In her previous roles as Secure PNT’s Chief Engineer and lead systems engineer, she led the engineering design activities and provided technical oversight of engineering design, integration, test, and civil/military certification and airworthiness tasks.

Previously this Project Management Professional worked at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) for nine years, and was a technical coordinator for the APL’s Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) internship program for minority college students.

She was president of the African American Culture Club, an employee resource group, for several years.

Nykia was Crisfield High School’s valedictorian of the Class of 1997 and went on to earn her electrical engineering degree at Morgan State University, a master’s in applied biomedical engineering at JHU, and a Doctor of Engineering at Morgan.

In her biography this Associate Systems Engineering Professional states she is a community service and youth advocate who enjoys coaching, tutoring, mentoring, and volunteering for the Maryland MESA program, Baltimore International Academy, Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, and Delta GEMS. She is co-chair of the Morgan State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), JHU Alumni Association, MSU Alumni Association, Project Management Institute (PMI), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Married to her husband Joe they live in the Baltimore Metropolitan area with daughters Courtney and Mackenzie and son Zion. In her free time she enjoys playing softball and touch football, reading and traveling.