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2014


WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


roles. She was a senior software engineer manager for the information technology sector from 2005 to 2007. From 1997 to 2005, Ms. Sun was a software engineer for the mission systems sector.


Ms. Sun began preparing for her career by earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. She also earned a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Maryland University College.


Ms. Sun was vice president of education for the Toastmasters International Accenture Club, and is currently a member of IEEE Women in Engineering, and Women in Northrop Grumman.


OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION – GOVERNMENT


“During her internship, Ms. Catlin had the opportunity to be involved in many different projects. In one assignment, working with the Human Systems Integration (HSI) team, she was exposed to new areas of research and development where she was able to contribute significantly. During this internship, she was involved with Habitability Simulation Testing (HST) for the United States Marine Corps. The purpose of this research was to measure degradation in Marine performance due to the effects of differing sea states during long transits at sea. Ms. Catlin’s performance was superior and her contributions so significant, that special arrangements were made for her to return after that year during her winter break.


“Still prior to hiring her permanently, we brought her back in May 2012 to participate in human subject research for the Navy and Marine Corps. Since coming on board permanently, Ms. Catlin has taken on ever-increasing responsibilities, starting with planning human subjects testing, and rapidly progressing into a position where she directs the execution of research protocols and the work of others on the HSI team. She has become an expert in biomedical concepts and medical applications, which made her essential to the Medical Motion at Sea Study conducted this past year. This study assessed the impact of sea state on U.S. Navy medical professionals and their ability to perform medical procedures while out to sea.


“In this, her most significant technical contribution, Ms. Catlin was responsible for running the medical performance test. She planned the testing, wrote the protocol, achieved Independent Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct the research using human subjects, oversaw the entire operation, analyzed data, and wrote the final report. Ms. Catlin’s work, in particular her analysis of the data and her final report, will result in medical procedures being performed aboard smaller U.S. Navy ships that were not previously thought possible. There is little doubt among those of us familiar with her work, that this outstanding technical contribution will save lives.”


From the Human Systems Integration Team Lead, Eric Pierce: “Ms. Catlin’s outstanding technical contribution is her validation of life and limb saving medical procedures under high sea state.


Sarah Ashley Catlin Biomedical Engineer Naval Surface Warfare Center


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According to A.D. Bond, head, test and evaluation and prototype fabrication division, by direction of the commanding officer, “Ms. Catlin began working in my division as an intern during the summer of 2011, while earning her master’s degree in systems engineering from Tuskegee University. Having proven herself in the top 1 percent of all interns I have had the opportunity to supervise, she was converted to a full- time employee upon her graduation in 2012.


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s. Catlin has never shied away from challenges, even as a young intern. Since then, she has literally become a


“Prior to Ms. Catlin’s efforts, the U.S. Navy outfitted ships and medical personnel based on a supposition that ship movements preclude many medical procedures from being executed. As a consequence, wounded soldiers and sailors often have significant delays in receiving essential medical treatment. While working with the Office of Naval Research, Ms. Catlin planned, organized, and conducted a series of tests using a full-motion simulator in which she duplicated an at-sea surgical arena. Under her direction, U.S. Navy surgeons and corpsman executed dozens of advanced medical procedures under simulated adverse environmental conditions. Her contribution likely will result in life and limb saving procedures effectively being performed aboard U.S. Navy ships.”


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