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“I feel as I am still learning so much now that I want to see how I can apply it. I am interested in so many different types of careers it is hard to make a decision now. The only thing that I do know is that I really want to make a difference wher- ever I go. I want to apply all the knowledge and drive that I contain to help innovate and create a positive impact,” he said.


Joe Carter could have done many different things this past summer. However, she chose to give back.

When Carter was a freshman at North Carolina A&T State Uni- versity, she was mentored through the school’s Helping Orient Minorities to Engineering (HOME) program. She described the experience as eye-opening and promised herself to one day do the same for others. That day came this summer when Carter put off starting a full-time job to work at North Carolina A&T as a lead mentor in the program.

The goal of the program is to help orient minorities to engi- neering and foster their personal, professional and academic development. Carter, recipient of a 2014 Black Engineer of the Year leadership award, explained that the five-week program is offered to the top 10 percent of incoming freshman engineers at North Carolina A&T and is designed to facilitate their transi- tion from high school to college.

“The people and activities in this program severely impacted my successful matriculation through A&T,” said Carter, adding that she wanted to be of service to the incoming students. HOME also afforded her “the opportunity to experience a mul- titude of things while at A&T that I never dreamed of before coming to college.”

Now that summer’s over, the 22-year-old computer science major who graduated in May is rolling up her sleeves for a new chapter in her life—working for Northrop Grumman in Linthicum, Maryland, in the professional development program.

She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer sci- ence as well as create programs to introduce young people to the STEM field.


Learning about leadership has been at the heart of Nijel Rogers summer experience.

The 21-year-old who will be a senior this fall at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is majoring in chemical engineering, and spent three weeks at Fort Drum, New York, shadowing a military

officer in the aviation unit. He also had the opportunity to work not only work with multiple types of helicopters and aircraft technology but also to test his leadership skills by sub- bing in as a temporary platoon leader and leading a group of 10 soldiers through their daily objective.

He also attended the 100 Black Men of America National Conference held in Fort Lauderdale. He represented West Point and talked to high school and college students about the opportunities at the military academy as well as how the 100 Black Men of Atlanta program helped him develop into the leader he is today.

And for six weeks, he and eight other cadets were the primary leaders of West Point’s mandated cadet field training.

“My mentors pushed me to strive for leadership positions that, while requiring more work than some jobs, best prepare me for service as an officer in the United States Army,” said Rog- ers, who credits his mentors and the academy for the oppor- tunities. “I enjoy the fact my summer is packed because the benefits of what I gain from my work far outweigh the desire for simply having an easy summer.”

The native of Atlanta, who was recognized with a Black En- gineer of the Year military leadership award in 2014, said he hopes that through his summer experiences he learns about his leadership weaknesses and develops into a more efficient leader.

Rogers is quite enthusiastic about his becoming a commis- sioned officer, serving in the military and continuing to study chemical engineering.


Doing research may not be some people’s idea of a great way to spend one’s summer, but Vladimir Moricette isn’t one of those people.

The 22-year-chemistry major at Kennesaw State Univer- sity conducted research under the direction of John Salerno, Ph.D., professor of

Vladimir Moricette

biotechnology at KSU. He worked on the function of control elements in nitric oxide signaling.

The senior is optimistic he’ll be able to get his research published.

Moricette, who was born in New York but reared in Haiti until he was 18, is also working to get into pharmacy school with the goal of being a pharmacist.

Nijel Rogers

He was awarded a Black Engineer of the Year community award in 2014.

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