Joy Carter Minor was raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi during a transformative time in American history. Often victimized by Jim Crow laws and racism, Joy navigated systemic marginalization to become a Black woman engineer and oceanographer. She has supported the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon on the Air-Sea Battle concept and transitioned technologies to the warfighter in response to urgent needs in maritime irregular warfare. She has provided systems engineering support to the US Navy, Coast Guard, Missile Defense Agency, Non-Lethal Weapons Program, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Joy received the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal for her contributions surveying the Albanian Sea following the Bosnian War. She was the Naval Oceanographic Office Federal Women’s Program Mentor of the Year, was competitively selected to attend the Royal Navy Hydrographic Long Course at HMS Drake in Plymouth, UK, and is certified by the International Hydrographic Organization as a Class A hydrographer.
Joy has a B.S. in Chemistry from Mississippi University for Women, a Masterof Science degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She is currently a doctoral student in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in security studies and social cultural studies.