Women of Color Magazine Honors Seven MITRE Employees

Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va., October 9, 2017—Seven employees of The MITRE Corporation received awards for their technical achievements and leadership during ceremonies at the 2017 Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Conference on Oct. 6 and 7 in Detroit. Michelle Pu, Indira Semwal, Tomeka Williams, Eldesia Granger, Monique Exum, Shuo Chen, and Jaya Tripathi 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.

Pu, Semwal, and Williams 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.

Granger and Exum 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.

Chen, who is applying advanced speech recognition techniques to solve aviation problems, was presented an award for Technical Innovation. This award recognizes a woman who invents a new product, device, or process and serves as a stereotype-breaking role model for women in technology.

Tripathi won for Outstanding Technical Contribution, which recognizes a woman who has designed, developed, managed, or assisted in the development of a product, service, system, or intellectual property that is a substantial achievement in the field. Her work includes employing analytics and other mathematical techniques to build real-time systems that address prescription drug fraud and abuse as well as new models of care for veterans.

"On behalf of MITRE, I am proud to recognize these seven amazing MITRE women who have made outstanding contributions in the STEM field," said Julie Gravallese, vice president and chief human resources officer at MITRE. "It is an honor to have so many of our employees recognized. Their technical and workplace achievements have a direct and positive impact on the work we do with our government sponsors, and their dedication in developing the next generation of STEM professionals is inspiring."

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