MITRE Employees Recognized for STEM Contributions

McLean, Va., November 3, 2015–Ten employees of The MITRE Corporation received awards for their technical achievements and leadership at the 2015 Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Conference held in Detroit October 15-17. April Berrian, Jun Feng, Rosie Pridemore, Rajani Shenoy, Alanna Williams, Aparna Durvasula, Anuja Verma, Lisa Mitchell, Cynthia Taylor Small and Elaine Ward were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the STEM field and their commitment to encouraging young women to pursue science and technical careers.

Hosted by Career Communications Group's Women of Color magazine, the annual Women of Color STEM Conference recognizes multicultural women throughout the U.S. who excel in technical careers. The event also focuses on creating a network of role models who can serve as inspiration to others and cultivating a pipeline of future STEM leaders.

Durvasula and Verma were named Technology All-Stars, an award presented to women who demonstrate excellence in the workplace and in their communities throughout their well-established careers.

Berrian, Feng, Pridemore, Shenoy, and Williams won awards in the Technology Rising Star category that recognizes women with fewer than 22 years of service who are helping to shape technology for the future.

Mitchell was presented an award for Technical Innovation. This award recognizes a woman who invents a new product, device, or process; leads technology development teams; or develops new ways to use the product or process.

Small won an award for Career Achievement which recognizes a woman who has made significant achievements in engineering titles in industry or government.

Ward received a Special Recognition Award, given to a nominee who stands out in a company of super achievers. Reaching this level of recognition is an honor and means the awardee is eligible to receive even higher levels of recognition in future years.

"On behalf of MITRE, I am proud to recognize these 10 MITRE women who have made outstanding contributions in the STEM field," said Julie Gravallese, vice president and chief human resource officer at MITRE. "It is an honor to have so many of our employees recognized at the recent Women of Color STEM conference. They have not only achieved technical and workplace excellence that has a high impact on the work we do with our government sponsors, but also are dedicated to developing the next generation of STEM professionals."

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