​MITRE Employees Recognized at 31st Annual BEYA Conference

Bedford, Mass. – February 22, 2017Seven employees of The MITRE Corporation were recognized for their professional accomplishments during the 2017 BEYA (Becoming Everything You Are) Awards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference. Koffi Amefia, Christopher Brown, Geno Johnson, Soumya Kini, Mary Kinnard-Brown, and Vanitha Khetan received Modern-Day Technology Leader Awards. Derik Perry received the Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award.

Sponsored by Career Communications Group (CCG), the annual conference was held in Washington, DC, February 9-11. The event—now in its 31st year—brings together engineering and IT professionals from the corporate, government, and military communities, along with students, to promote opportunities for underrepresented groups and women in the U.S. technology sector.

Julie Gravallese, MITRE vice president and chief human resources officer, said, “MITRE is honored to have seven talented employees recognized by at the 31st Annual Conference Awards. As we engage with our government sponsors to solve their toughest challenges, we believe that bringing together bright individuals with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives leads to the most innovative solutions. These awards testify to the quality of the people and teams that aspire to provide lasting impact and value for our sponsors."

Koffi Amefia
Amefia leads the International Airspace Design and Modeling team within MITRE's Airport/Airspace Analysis, Modeling and Design department. He oversees airspace design and environmental projects in the United States, Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Europe. He has helped develop streamlined processes for implementation of instrument flight procedures, noise-screening tools, and time-based arrival management concepts.

Amefia received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. He is also a certified flight instructor.

Christopher Brown
Brown is a lead information security engineer/scientist in MITRE's National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). He supports the National Institute of Standards (NIST) with its efforts to accelerate adoption of cybersecurity technologies in industries including energy, finance, healthcare, and transportation. He also mentors junior team members.

Brown received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Bowie State University and a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University.

Geno Johnson
Johnson is a principal information systems engineer in MITRE'S Center for National Security. He develops customized solutions for information technology (IT) processes and organizations. His work supports government sponsors including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Courts, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Social Security Administration. His outreach efforts include co-founding Building African American Males (BAAM), which helps African American students improve self-awareness, leadership qualities, and academic performance.

Johnson received a bachelor's degree in business management from Shaw University.

Mary Kinnard-Brown
Kinnard-Brown leads the Enterprise Strategy and Transformation Division in MITRE's Center for Connected Government. She serves as MITRE's human organizational systems quality coordinator, developing strategies to capture, track, and analyze quality review efforts. She has also served as the organizational change management subject matter expert, providing support for organizational assessments, design, and other issues on projects for government agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Kinnard-Brown received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Hampton University as well as a master's and doctorate in organizational communication from Howard University.

Vanitha Khetan
Khetan is a principal systems engineer and technical leader in MITRE's Enterprise Strategy and Transformation Technical Center. She provides technical guidance across federal agencies as they conduct enterprise modernization programs, implement design improvements on large-scale systems, and unify IT priorities. She has helped government agencies align federal health IT priorities to combine their purchasing power to provide better care at a lower cost.

Khetan received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in information technology from Virginia Tech.

Soumya Kini
Kini is a project lead in MITRE's Center for Veterans Enterprise Transformation. She develops veterans’ outcome analytics and predictive models for benefits claims for the VA. Her STEM outreach includes leading the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Jr. robotics program at her son's elementary school, and judging FLL competitions at the national level.

Kini received a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Mysore, as well as master's and doctorate in the field from the University of Wisconsin.

Derik Perry
Perry is a principal information systems engineer in MITRE's Center for National Security, where he helps agencies including the Department of Justice, DHS, IRS, and VA address mission transformation and operations concerns. Perry is also a founding member of MITRE's mentoring initiative, and facilitates the program's Tech Talks and Speed Networking events.

Perry received a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master of business administration degree from George Washington University.

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