MITRE Employees Honored at Black Engineer of the Year Awards

MCLEAN, Va., February 11, 2013—Three engineers at The MITRE Corporation were recognized for their technical expertise and leadership at the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, D.C., February 7-9. Ben King, Sr., received a Career Achievement Award; James Tolbert, II, and Nickyra Washington received Modern-Day Technology Awards.

In its 27th year, BEYA is the nation's largest annual gathering of STEM professionals and leaders who are committed to increasing underrepresented populations in the technology workforce.

"We're honored that BEYA chose to recognize Ben, James, and Nickyra for their professional achievements and commitment to their communities," said Karen Quinn-Quintin, vice president and chief human resources officer at MITRE. "Their dedication to fulfilling MITRE's mission to address issues of critical national importance while investing in and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders gives us great pride in their accomplishments."

Ben King, Sr.

King, who joined MITRE in 1990, is a multi-discipline systems engineer in the organization's Command and Control Center within the Department of Defense-sponsored National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). In his role, King supports the Office of Infrastructure Protection, a component of the National Protection and Programs Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security, by performance-testing its Chemical Security Assessment Tool.

Through the MITRE and T.C. Williams High School Engineering and Enrichment Program, King has volunteered to help students with several technical projects—striving to instill a love of science and research in the next generation. He also is a member of the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee, which recognizes minority youth in the Fairfax County area for their academic achievements. King holds a master's degree in computer and information sciences from George Mason University, and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of South Alabama.

James Tolbert, II

Tolbert joined MITRE full-time in 2010 following a summer internship with the organization in 2009. He is a senior software engineer in MITRE's Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems (CIIS) within the NSEC. Tolbert is responsible for developing software prototypes and consulting on existing technologies for the Intelligence Community.

An accomplished dancer, Tolbert has performed competitively and professionally and earned a minor in theater arts from MIT. While completing his graduate studies, Tolbert volunteered to run a motion capture lab at a local high school, where students learned how to use sensors to capture human movement and convert it into data that computers can process. Tolbert holds a master's degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, a master's degree in computer science from the Howard University, and a bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT.

Nickyra Washington

With MITRE since 2008, Washington is a senior information security engineer/scientist in the CIIS. She oversees MITRE's Information Security Vendor Risk Assessment Program, leading a team of security engineers who assess the security and privacy controls of vendors and provide security engineering expertise. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S.

Outside of MITRE, Washington serves as co-chairman of the board for the Jennifer F. Lewis Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about ovarian cancer, and leads the foundation's academic scholarship program. She is also a mentor to inner-city adolescents and teenage girls through the Daughters of Destiny Mentoring Program. Washington holds master's degrees in information systems management and business administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a bachelor's degree in criminology, pre-law from the University of Maryland-College Park.

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