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LIST: 8 Successful Black-Owned Engineering And Tech Firms Across The U.S.!!


Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, Inc. 

Adams Communication & Engineering Technology was founded in 1999 by CEO Charles Adams. The company, headquartered in Waldorf, Maryland, specializes in defense and intelligence solutions for the federal government.

The bulk of its annual $161 million revenue derives from contracts with various federal agencies. ACET has done work for the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Defense Health Agency.




This Black-operated firm was created in 1987. According to their website, the company supports the “U.S. government with electromagnetic capabilities and sensor integration.”  SENTEL is headquartered in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Currently, SENTEL  has an estimated 500-plus employees working in various locations around the globe.  The company provides support for military communications and weapons systems. Their highly trained engineers predict and resolve electromagnetic compatibility issues on ships, aircraft, land vehicles, and at fixed sites. The company has contracts that are estimated at $87 million.


World Wide Technology, Inc.

This Maryland Heights, Missouri-based Information Technology products and services firm was formed in 1990 by David Steward. The company started small but grew to employ 3,000 people and bring in an average annual revenue of $7 billion. The company has offices all over the continental United States and abroad.  WWT provides solutions in the areas of big data, collaboration, computing and cloud, mobility, networking, security and storage. The company has clients in healthcare, manufacturing, government, education and other sectors.

Systems Application and Technologies Inc.

President and CEO Timothy J. Adams founded his Largo, Maryland-based company in 1989. The company has million-dollar contracts with the U.S Navy, Army, and Department of Defense customers; and Homeland Defense, NASA, foreign ally, and private sector programs. SA-TECH specializes in engineering and technology services, facilities management and logistics. The firm also employs an estimated 400 people in offices on both coasts and in Chicago.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts
Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts completed in 2015

Moody Nolan Inc.

This architecture, engineering, and interior design firm was founded in 1982 by CEO Curtis J. Moody. The young architect set up shop in Columbus, Ohio and eventually partnered with an engineering firm, Howard E. Nolan & Associates, to create Moody Nolan. Now, the company employs nearly 200 people and has offices around the U.S. including Chicago, Houston, and Washington D.C. According to their website, the company designs an estimated $500 million in building construction each year. Moody Nolan Inc. has building projects in community, sports, education, corporate and other industries.

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Client: Indianapolis Water Company

Advanced Technology Systems Inc./Chester Engineers

Nigerian-born entrepreneur Robert Agbede created Advanced Technology Systems in 1987 as an independent Black-owned engineering firm. By 2003, the company merged with the 100-year-old company Chester Engineers to become ATS-Chester Engineers.

Chester Engineers is the largest Black-owned environmental and engineering design company in the United States. The company is also the largest water and wastewater treatment plant design and management company in Western Pennsylvania. ATS-Chester Engineers bring in revenues in tens of millions annually.

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Escongweni Engineers

This Black-owned South African-based consulting engineers company was formed in 2005 and rebranded to become Escongweni Engineers in 2014. After their successful rebranding, the company expanded to two branches, in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. Directors Dexter Madlala, Njabulo Nhleko and Ruth Mochotlhoane are in charge of the company and have successfully garnered contracts in the country. The company primarily works with water and sanitation, structural, and transportation engineering contracts. The Escongweni Engineers work with projects totaling in the millions.

Logistics Systems Incorporated

Logistics Systems Incorporated was created in 2002 by current CEO and president Lawrence Wilkerson. His company provides integrated logistics management and life cycle support; technical support and information technology services. To date, Wilkerson’s company has contracts with the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of the Navy, and other federal departments.

While the company has offices all over the continental United States, it is headquartered in Washington D.C. near many of its customers. According to the company’s corporate profile, more than 70 percent of their revenue is generated from prime contracts with the federal government.

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