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By area, here are three of her key accomplishments. Army Safety & Health Management System (ASHMS): Ms. Brock serves as safety subject matter expert on the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) installations, energy and environ- ment installations, energy, and environment (IE&E) working group to refine and develop methods, policies, and guidance for a comprehensive ASHMS. Achievements will equip the Army to deploy and meet safety and occupational health policy and Army requirements.


Process Safety Management (PSM): She served as team lead of the JMC project team to develop process safety management (PSM) guidance for JMC explosives manufacturing processes, a complex area lacking safety guidance within the Army and DoD. Here, she interpreted policy in terms of established objec- tives; and applied scientific, engineering, and safety principles to develop new theories, new principles, new standards, and new policy. This guidance will help set the baseline for how PSM will be applied to JMC explosives manufacturing operations and expanded throughout the Army materiel command, as applicable. Process Safety Management Training: She contributed to developing and presented two four-hour training blocks, “Am- munition and Explosives Manufacturing Module,” for senior OSHA field compliance officers as part of the OSHA Training Institute course 3430 “Advanced Process Safety Management in the Chemical Industries.” Ms. Brock’s honors include:


· 2014 National Safety Council Rising Star Award · 2014 JMC Safety”Knuckle Buster” Award · 2012 Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment) Certificate of Appreciation · 2012 2nd Qtr. FY12 Beyond Peer Expectation Award · 2009 United States Army Combat Readiness Center Lead-


ership Award complishment


· 2007 Federal Executive Board Outstanding Technical Ac-


Karmyn Norwood Operations Director, Technical Operations


Aeronautics Company Lockheed Martin Corporation


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armyn Norwood challenges para- digms and encourages positive change. In her position as director, Ms. Norwood has had a significant impact on Lockheed Martin’s success with technical operations for Lock- heed Martin Aeronautics Company. In 2013, she facilitated a large-


scale reorganization where she used her leadership skills and vision. She helped the vice president ensure more than 7,800 engineering and sustain- ment employees switched to a new way of operating across Lock- heed Martin Aeronautics.


Ms. Norwood is certified as a project management profes- sional, and has extensive experience managing entire product lifecycles. She also has lean Six Sigma black belt certification, which she applies when working across the organization. With her encouragement, Lockheed Martin has increased its


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university outreach efforts. This includes strengthening Lockheed Martin’s relationship with Prairie View Texas A&M University. Ms. Norwood has also piloted a STEM intern initiative with a local high school. The result is Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth is set to hire its first high school technical engineering and sustainment organizations interns.


Ms. Norwood has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Jackson State University. She earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from George Mason University. Her memberships include the Society of Women Engineers, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Ms. Norwood has several awards, including the 2013 AeroStar Award and the 2011 Corpo- rate Executive Roundtable Mentoring Program.


Zachary Barnett Engineer Software 3- Agile Lead


Northrop Grumman Corporation T


he only thing on par with software engineer Zachary Barnett’s tech- nical prowess is his singular commit- ment to community service. Sam Abbate, sector vice presi- dent and general manager, Northrop Grumman information systems, com- mand and control division, called Mr. Barnett’s community contributions “unprecedented.” Among the organizations he has supported are the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Open Door Mission, Lydia House, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Omaha Public Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Papillion Pubic Schools, Plattsmouth Public Schools, Nebraska Special Olympics, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, and The Salvation Army. Northrop Grumman “recruited Zach right out of grad school at North Carolina A&T State University and he began working for us in July 2010. Almost immediately, we were hearing reports of a new college hire who was making incredible contributions to our software products,” Abbate says. “He was finding and resolv- ing latent defects that had been in the code for years. “Since he started with the company, Zach has established himself as one of our top young talents. His successful progres- sion has come with his commitment, hard work, and dedication to honing his engineering skills,” Abbate explains. “Zach’s technical proficiency is so impressive; we’ve been able to utilize his talents as a key contributor and technical lead on three high-level projects. Zach produces code that is well- structured and generally bug-free.


“In our business, dealing with critical command and control systems there is very little margin for error. The products Zach helps create save lives and provide frontline commanders and service members’ critical information for a myriad of vital opera- tions around the globe.”


Understanding the inestimable value of surrounding himself with other smart software engineers, Mr. Barnett has spent count- less hours honing his skills and networking in local programming groups like Nebraska “JavaScripters,” the Omaha Java Users Group, and the Omaha Agile for Defense development group. “I cannot emphasize enough the personal responsibility Zach


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