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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS


MOST PROMISING ENGINEER IN INDUSTRY Jane Odero


Senior Information Systems Security Engineer Raytheon Company


MOST PROMISING ENGINEER IN INDUSTRY


Anthony Plummer


Communications and Networking Engineer The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


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orn in Nairobi, Kenya, Ms. Jane Odero took a cue from her parents and embraced higher education as the avenue to reach her professional goals.


Bottom line: Ms. Odero earned a master’s degree in electri- cal engineering, from the University of California, with a concen- tration in digital signal processing, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, from the University of Massachusetts, with a concentration in very large-scale integrated circuit design. Ms. Odero explains that her tribal culture in Kenya valued the female child less than the male, so girls were less encouraged to pursue formal education.


Still, she aspired to do as her mother wished. “My mother, who had not graduated high school, went against the grain, encouraging my sisters and I to pursue educa- tion — prompting us to follow in the footsteps of our father. My mother wanted her daughters to succeed no differently than her son,” Ms. Odero explains.


Now a senior systems engineer II with Raytheon, integrated defense systems, Ms. Odero is an information systems security engineer with the air and missile defense radar program. She is responsible for analyzing, implementing, and verify- ing security controls in networking devices, operating systems, hardware and software components; developing DIACAP trace- ability matrix to AMDR security requirements for compliance verification; preparing and maintaining security documentation in support of obtaining/maintaining regulatory compliances; performing vulnerability assessment scans and developing plan of action and milestones to document mitigation plans for discovered vulnerabilities, and presenting the status to the team and customer in technical interchange meetings and engineering milestone reviews.


Her awards and honors include: • 2014 Raytheon Team Achievement Award • 2013 Raytheon Team Achievement Award • 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Award as a Modern Day


Technology Leader


• 2013 National Society of Black Engineers San Diego Professionals STEM Advocate of the Year Award and Heart and Soul honor • 2011 Raytheon Team Achievement Award for STEM initia- tive in the community


• 2010 Urban League of San Diego County “Top Forty under 40: Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow” Award Of her community service, Ms. Odero says, “I resolve to be a positive role model to my children and mentees while promot- ing academic and professional STEM opportunities to minori- ties.”


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s a graduate student, Anthony


Plummer Jr. outshone his peers. He had already authored three peer-reviewed journal papers, one book chapter, and 12


conference papers. His awards for technical research include the Michigan State University (MSU) Fitch Beach Award for Out- standing Graduate Student, 2010; the MSU Council of Graduate Students Best Presentation Award, 2010; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global Communi- cations Conference 2009 Best Paper Award. In February 2011, he completed his Ph.D. dissertation: Bandwidth Scavenging for Device Coexistence in Wireless Networks, and just a few months later, Dr. Plummer joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Within his first year, he made critical contributions to government-sponsored programs that rely on sophisticated soft- ware for computer network performance analysis. He established himself as an expert in Java development, relational databases, and network analysis. In just his second year, he took a leading role in software development for a network performance analysis tool developed for the U.S. Army. In this role, he interfaces with senior gov- ernment leaders, other contractor organizations, and JHU/APL staff members in diverse fields, leveraging expertise across the enterprise to deliver powerful real-time packet analysis software for U.S. Army networks.


In his current role as section supervisor, asymmetric opera-


tions sector, he leads a team of eight engineers and computer scientists to support a wide variety of software needs for many government sponsors.


He is credited with advocating tirelessly for his staff, work- ing to help ensure their career successes and breaking down roadblocks they may encounter. During his brief career at APL, Dr. Plummer has earned


three Special Achievement Awards. And it is no surprise that his exceptional dedication often means working nights and weekends to learn new tools or meet deadlines. His professional memberships include The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Tau Beta Pi, and Golden Key Honor Society. He is an executive board member of the Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA).


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