Two Alumni Honored at Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference

Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant and award presenter Vice Admiral Manson Brown at the 2014 BEYA STEM Conference.

Alumna Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant receives an award presented by Vice Admiral Manson Brown at the 2014 BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, DC.

Two alumni, Malcolm Kirwan, SEAS MS ’02, and Lieutenant Commander Zeita Merchant, CCAS MPA ’10, were honored at the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Global Competitiveness Conference, which took place in Washington, DC from Feb. 6-8.

Sponsored by Career Communications Group (CCG), the annual gathering —now in its 28th 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 US technology sector.

Kirwan, an employee of The MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA, received the Modern-Day Technology Leader Award for his technical achievements and leadership.  Since joining MITRE 13 years ago, Kirwan has supported complex IT tasks for several government sponsors. Currently, he supports SPAWAR at Fort Meade, MD, with their efforts to integrate the US Navy with the Joint Information Environment (JIE). Kirwan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in systems engineering from GW.

Lieutenant Commander Merchant, an executive officer with the Marine Safety Unit Texas City at the United States Coast Guard, was presented with the Professional Achievement – Government award at this year’s conference.

 

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