Six MITRE Employees Recognized at 2018 BEYA STEM Conference
McLean, Va., and Bedford, Mass., February 13, 2018—Six employees of The MITRE Corporation were recognized for their professional accomplishments at the 2018 Becoming Everything You Are (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, February 8-10 in Washington D.C.
At the event’s Modern-Day Technology Luncheon on February 9, MITRE employees Breanna Hall, Rosamaria Morales, and Mary Tolbert were named Modern-Day Technology Leaders. The next day at the Gala Awards Dinner, Arissa Hodges (Outstanding Technical Contribution) and Hamza Syed (Most Promising Engineer) were singled out for recognition. Earlier, Joseph Moore was honored at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engineering Deans Breakfast.
The annual conference brings together STEM professionals from various sectors, students in underrepresented groups, and women in the U.S. technology sector. The conference’s goal is to create a network of role models, help senior leadership identify talent, and aid organizations in developing STEM talent in minority and women.
“We are thrilled to have six employees honored at the BEYA Conference,” said Adrienne Thomas-Loftin, MITRE’s manager of inclusion and diversity. “The BEYA STEM Conference is an important event that recognizes the best and brightest for their career accomplishments. It also brings together students and mentors to foster and grow successful STEM careers for underserved young people. MITRE is committed to doing everything we can to support these efforts.”
About MITRE Modern-Day Technology Winners
Breanna Hall: Hall is a human-centered engineer in MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. Since joining MITRE in 2015, Breanna has had a key role in several projects, including work on MITRE’s Human System Integration Toolkit, helping to create more concise human factors guidelines backed by research. She has also conducted her own research as one of MITRE’s Early Career Research Program participants. Hall was accepted into an accelerated five-year program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, and earned both her bachelor’s degree in human factors psychology and a master’s degree in human factors and systems in 2014.
Rosamaria Morales: Morales is principle service-oriented architect in the MITRE’s Secure Enterprise Operations and Services Department, where she is working on modernizing the federal background investigation and information security process. Before joining MITRE in 2007, Morales worked at the University of Maryland, where she developed and maintained enterprise services for student financial services, and at the Department of Defense as a senior software engineer. Morales earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Mexico’s Institituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and holds three master’s degrees—in technological education from the University of New Mexico, and in software engineering and cyber security policy from the University of Maryland.
Mary Tolbert: Tolbert is lead model-based systems engineer in MITRE’s Agile and Adaptive Software Engineering group. She is designing the modeling and collaborative engineering environment for the Air Force’s Long-Range Stand-Off weapon system. Tolbert is also leading modeling and system architecture activities for multiple Department of Defense cyber weapons programs. She also spent 10 years in the Air Force, serving as a communications and computer systems officer. Tolbert earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California in 1993 and a master’s degree in information resources management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1999.
About MITRE Special Recognition Award Winners
Arissa Hodges (Outstanding Technical Contribution): Hodges is a group leader in MITRE’s Operational Innovation and Transformation Department. She is also software technical leader for the Army’s Nett Warrior Program. Hodges works on the application of virtualization and cloud technologies in the combat mission environment, prototyping and evaluating mission-critical software-solutions, and improving data standardization. Hodges, who joined MITRE in 2010, received her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of South Alabama in 2002 and two master’s degrees from the University of Alabama-in electrical engineering (2004) and in industrial and systems engineering (2014).
Hamza Syed (Most Promising Engineer): Syed is a lead multidiscipline systems engineer in MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, where he has made key contributions on multiple projects that are helping shape the future of aviation safety. He has developed key components of architectures, workflows, and algorithms that enable blending data sets to enhance aviation safety. Syed, who joined MITRE in 2010, graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He completed a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia while working fulltime at MITRE.
Joseph Moore (Special Recognition): Moore is the principal business architect in MITRE’s Enterprise Strategy and Transformation Technical Center, where he is a project leader, group leader, and technical expert. Moore has had a long career that includes senior positions at Deloitte, Forrester, and Arthur D. Little. He has also created mentoring programs and courses for disadvantaged high school students to get them interested in STEM careers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University.
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