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analytical skills. In doing so, she has become a vital member of our team and as a subject matter expert, she is laying the groundwork for Navy operations for decades to come.”


Cora Ingrum


Director of Multicultural Programs, The School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Pennsylvania


s. Cora Ingrum is a champion of education. She has spent more than 45 years mentoring and fostering the careers of students at the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She is currently the director of multicultural and academic support programs at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She also serves as assistant to the dean.


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One of her main areas of focus is the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented graduate and undergraduate students. The students know that Ms. Ingrum will provide guidance, friendship and solace when they need it.


Ms. Ingrum’s activities are a testament to her dedication to education.


She is a co-founder and former secretary of PRIME, Inc. (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities in Engineering). From 1973 to 1999, she sat on the PRIME board of directors.


Since the early ‘70s to now, she serves as the staff affirmative action compliance officer for Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has also been a member of the Penn Women’s Center since 1980.


Ms. Ingrum is also active with the Graduate Consortium for Minority Degrees in Engineering and the Council on Career Development for Minorities Inc. Many other organizations and committees, including the Penn Committee on National Women of Color, benefit from Ms. Ingrum’s participation.


Under her guidance and leadership, there has been an increase in local, state and national levels of women and minority students earning Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering, the Master of Science in engineering, and joint degrees in engineering and business, and doctorates.


Because of Ms. Ingrum’s leadership and guidance, Penn is currently a leader in producing under-represented students in the Ph.D. program. As of 2013, the Penn Alliance for Minority Participation has provided more than 913 minority STEM students with academic counseling, advising and mentoring.


Ms. Ingrum has received several honors, including the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


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s. Kelly Fling has built a successful career with the U.S. Army. She has dedicated more than 10 years of her life to being an important member of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC). She has earned the respect of her peers as a leader and a scientist.


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She began her career with the Aberdeen Test Center as an intern, but quickly earned her way into the supervisor position. Ms. Fling is now a respected team leader who plays an indispensable role in the mission of ATC.


Ms. Fling’s input has resulted in improved data assets on the test ranges. She is also responsible for making sure effective data products are available in real time to test participants. Her team has also successfully developed innovative ways to support test events in the field with portable atmospheric devices. This is important because weather data is critical to ATC test missions.


Since joining ATC, Ms. Fling has had several major achievements.


Ms. Fling played an important role in the revised air quality risk management strategy for open burn/open detonation operations at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Her contribution ensured open burn/open detonation activities, which are crucial to ATC’s mission, could continue without mishap.


The revised strategy put Ms. Fling’s team in an important role as part of daily operations. The team has the responsibility of providing weather data and modeling expertise for go/no go decisions.


Ms. Fling and her team also support the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Her team is essential to the accurate forecasting of severe weather that affects the Garrison, allowing emergency response teams and the APG Emergency Operations Center to make decisions regarding the safety of the 21,000 personnel. In 2012, during Super Storm Sandy, Ms. Fling was instrumental in early preparations for the storm that minimized damage to the Aberdeen Test Center and to the Garrison.


Ms. Fling is a well-respected leader, individual and mentor. She has received several awards and commendations, including a letter of commendation from commander, Aberdeen Test Center for bringing into operational status the first moveable sonar system.


Kelly Fling Supervisory Meteorologist U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center


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