Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 RecipientEdward Clausell
Ed is a retired engineering development manager for the IBM Corporation. He started his professional career during the 1960's where he was a navigation engineer on the Apollo Moon project in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1970, he moved to San Jose, CA and worked as a design engineer on the Bay Area Rapid Transit program (BART). After the BART program was completed, Ed continued his engineering work by designing computer disk files at the IBM San Jose development site. During his working career, Ed was awarded numerous awards, which included Outstanding Technical Achievement and Engineering Management awards. Ed held many engineering and management jobs with IBM over the years and retired in 2004, after 40 years of work.
Ed was born in Monroeville, Alabama, where he witnessed the plight of blacks in Alabama in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's, and has firsthand knowledge of the story that is told in the book, To Kill a Mocking Bird. The book was written about an incident that actually occurred in his hometown in the 1930's.
Ed is a graduate of Tuskegee University and was the first black to attend engineering school at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also holds a Masterís Degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Edward Clausell is the host of the Annual Chefs for UNCF, a benefit dinner held each year to raise funds for the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the United Negro College Fund, Northern California, and was awarded the United Negro College Fund Frederick D. Patterson Award for his work and support of the UNCF.
Ed is also Executive Director of the Antioch Housing and Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation organized to support senior housing, youth and other community needs, and is Chairman of the Trustee Board at Antioch Baptist Church.
Ed is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is a life member of the NAACP. He is also the Trustees Chairman of his church. Ed is married to Valia Clausell. They are the parents of one son and one daughter and the grandparents of eight.