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BCCAC – Edward R. Metoyer


Edward R. Metoyer is the Business Excellence Leader and Construction Services Engineering Project Manager at Solar Turbines Incorporated with 20 years plus of industrial gas turbine engineering experience on international oil and gas projects. He retired as a Commander in the United States Navy, with global operations and humanitarian experiences on 5 continents and more than 15 countries, distinguished by 5 personal meritorious accommodation medals and 15 award citations.

Edward (Ed) Metoyer, Vanderbilt (BE’90), earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in Material Science.  He was a founding member and chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers – Vanderbilt, as well as a prominent member of the Black Student Alliance Executive Board, Black Student Weekend Committee, Racial Environment Project, Association of Mechanical Engineers, Naval ROTC, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a native of Cane River, Louisiana, currently living in Houston, TX.  He is married to Ermita Dixie Metoyer (VU BA’90) and they three beautiful daughters.

Ed serves on the National Executive Board of Directors for Little Sistahs in the Know Incorporated (LSK, Inc), Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), Beyond the Walls – Honduras mission, Texas House of Representatives campaign advisor, and Sugar Creek Baptist Church head Usher. He recently established an entirely minority-owned business supply chain to provide COVID-19 facial masks to underserved communities of color through social outreach programs, community service projects, neighborhood community groups, churches, and schools.

Ed is a devoted advocate of BJJBCC, “The House” because it provides a “success space” that cultivates relationships and experiences for so many to thrive in a challenging academic and social culture. While at Vanderbilt, Ed was actively involved in many historically significant grassroots social movements promoting important campus issues connected to the Black Student Manifesto (part 1 & 2), minority enrollment, minority engineering programs, Black Faculty/Administration/Staff recruitment, university divestment and apartheid. He continues to be dedicated to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Ed is driven to advocate for racial equity and cultural improvement. The response to these issues reflects our core values with a call to decenter oneself and act out of courage with conviction in a moment of change to influence the future. Activism is storytelling that accelerates the pace of change…anyone can do it!

It is a distinct honor and incredible privilege to serve as a BJJBCC Advisory Council member supporting the rich legacy, history, and culture at this institutional cornerstone of Vanderbilt University.