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BEAM Introduces Kathy Heinle, Executive Director

BEAM is excited to welcome Kathy Heinle as our new Executive Director. Kathy joins us after 30 years in the field of education. Her expertise, contacts and background will be invaluable to the future success of BEAM’s mission to build diversity in the Engineering fields .

The need for students to engage in after school and summer activities to grow their awareness and develop contacts in Engineering fields is paramount to their successful transition from school to college & careers. As the director of career and technical education for the Buffalo Public Schools for over a decade; Kathy brings a skill set that can assist BEAM: Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities to continue their mission.

As BEAM continues to update and realign their mission to build diversity in the STEM fields by encouraging, supporting and preparing under represented students of all ages to pursue a future in Engineering through a variety of programs; Kathy’s expertise, contacts and background will be invaluable to the future success of BEAM’s Mission. We are excited for the future of BEAM under Kathy’s leadership.

Dr. Dalar Nazarian

Dr. Dalar Nazarian

Tyra Johnson-Hux

Tyra Johnson-Hux


The Face of



dr. dalar nazarian is now our ROBOTICS COORDINATOR and Internship Coordinator

Dr. Dalar Nazarian will lead the robotics program and internship program at BEAM. Dalar has been a volunteer with BEAM since 2016 and served as the program director for the last year. She is a chemical engineer in R&D at Linde, with a doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology and a general engineering bachelors degree from Harvey Mudd College. Dalar will work to continue BEAM's unique mission to put students in direct contact with industry representatives and providing hands on experiences. She brings to the team her industry experience and her passions for educating the next generation of change makers.

“It's an honor and a pleasure to be part of the BEAM family. At BEAM you have an opportunity to see the best of society: people selflessly devoting their time and skills to help invest in the future of our students and students who are dedicated to building bright futures for themselves. It's a joy working with students, getting to know their sense of humor and wit, while seeing them grow into responsible adults, taking ownership of their goals as they develop the skills necessary to thrive in today's workforce." - Dalar


The Architect of



We welcome tyra Johnson-hux as our new program coordinator

Tyra Johnson is a collaborator, entrepreneur, wife and mom of two young children.  She offers BEAM her expertise in building successful business relationships and developing and executing targeted initiatives. Tyra has conducted several educational programs for professionals and students. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Daemen College. Tyra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Passionate about community involvement, she serves on the boards of several organization. Accolades she has received include 2005 National Inner Cities Youth Organization Volunteer of the Year and BEAM 2008 Charles Campbell Sr. Outstanding Service Award.

“I look forward to continuing my work with BEAM. As a female minority engineer, I have a personal connection to the mission and know first-hand the importance of BEAM’s initiatives” - Tyra