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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS K-12 PROMOTION OF EDUCATION


Erica Watson Science/STEM Teacher


New London Public Schools


personal skills and dedication to education. Under Ms. Kouyate-Tate’s leadership, the Wolf Trap Institute works with more than 10,000 children, teachers and families in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Programs include classroom residencies, professional development workshops for educators, and family involvement workshops for parents and caregivers. In 2010, Wolf Trap received a $1.5 million grant from the


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rica Watson is an eighth grade teacher at Bennie Dover Middle School. She is a certified science teacher, and encourages her students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math. She gets students excited about STEM, and helps them gain confidence in working with STEM subjects. Ms. Watson created a guest visitor program to expose students to STEM professionals. Nationally renowned STEM achievers visit the school to speak with students. Past visitors include the admiral in charge of nuclear submarines at the Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut, a nuclear submarine SONAR technologist, and the professor in charge of naval strategy at the Naval War College. The program is one way in which Ms. Watson inspires students to seek success through education and STEM.


In her science lab, Ms. Watson prepares projects that stimu- late the interest and abilities of the students. She believes it is important to encourage young people to pursue STEM subjects. America must encourage its students to pursue STEM in order to remain competitive, and meet the growing demand for STEM professionals. Ms. Watson has a Bachelor of General Studies in psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is earning her Master of Science in biology and emerging infectious diseases from the University of Saint Joseph.


K-12 PROMOTION OF EDUCATION Akua F.


Kouyate-Tate Senior Director, Education


Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


Department of Education to create an arts-integrated development program. The program focuses on math, science and engineering for preschool and kindergarten students. Ms. Kouyate-Tate be- lieves young students encouraged to learn about STEM subjects are unlikely to lose interest as they grow older. Ms. Kouyate-Tate earned a Master of Arts in arts man- agement and administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts in performing arts – dance, also from the American University. She completed graduate coursework in African studies at Howard University.


PRESIDENT’S AWARD


Carol C. Bennett Senior Program Manager


General Dynamics Information Technology


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arol C. Bennett is a se- nior program manager for General Dynamics. She is currently managing the deployed services contract


of the National Intelligence Sector (NIS) for General Dynam- ics Information Technology (GDIT). In her current position, Ms. Bennett provides combat intelligence and tier 1-3 technical support to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. She is responsible for daily mission and operational performance of the deployment services contract. Maintaining optimal customer ser- vice, staff and program mission leadership, financial management and project planning are her responsibilities.


Prior to joining General Dynamics, Ms. Bennett held a vari- ety of technical and management roles for intelligence communi- ty contractors. Most notably, she led an organization responsible for software engineering and transitioning critical software on a complicated Geospatial Solutions program.


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kua Kouyate-Tate is senior director of


education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Perform- ing Arts. She is dedicated


to improving early childhood STEM education. To achieve this goal, Ms. Kouyate-Tate works to provide STEM educational op- portunities for students in greater Washington, D.C. She believes students who excel in STEM subjects are the innovators and criti- cal thinkers of the future. Ms. Kouyate-Tate has earned respect as a champion of STEM education. She is applauded for her professionalism, inter-


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Ms. Bennett is respected for her leadership skills, but she also believes in team work. She believes it’s important to ac- knowledge the feelings and concerns of co-workers and clients. Ms. Bennett earned an Associate of Science degree with honors in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from American University. Her awards include a National Women of Color Award for Managerial Leadership and the Client Commitment to Excellence Award.


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