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Most Promising Scientist in Government

Marco Enriquez, Ph.D Senior Applied Mathematician The MITRE Corporation


r. Marco Enriquez was born in the Philippines and moved to Oakland, California at the age of ten. He has the honor of being the first in his family to attend and graduate college. He graduated with a bachelor of science in computer engineering, from Tufts University. While attend- ing Tufts, Dr. Enriquez worked as a math tutor, and eventually became a research assistant for applied mathematics. In this position, Dr. Enriquez helped create algorithms which process near-infrared data to localized brain tumors. This experience helped Marco realize the potential of applied mathematics re- search. From there, Dr. Enriquez attended Rice University, where he earned both a master of arts and a Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics. Currently Dr. Enriquez is a senior applied mathematician

for The MITRE Corporation. In this position Dr. Enriquez solves various data-centric problems via mathematical modeling and al- gorithmic development. One of Dr. Enriquez’s technical contribu- tions was creating a methodology to improve the current aircraft fuel burn models by optimization algorithms, reducing the root mean square error in the descent phase by 36%. Another contri- bution is creating a clustering algorithm to automatically identify dominant airspace traffic patterns around an airport. This saved hundreds of staff hours in manual analysis. Dr. Marco Enriquez is a strong advocate for giving back to the academic and scientific communities. He has participated as a panelist at Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics student conference at Shippensburg University. Dr. Enriquez also mentored two interns at MITRE on the subject of fuel consump- tion modeling and terminal airspace analysis, respectively. He has also been volunteering his time to support the 2014 AMC Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference as a reviewer of students’ scholarship applications.

Most Promising Scientist in Government

Onome Scott-Emuakpor Ph.D Aerospace Engineer Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems


r. Onome Scott- Emuakapor started his career at Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) as an student intern in 2001. He continued to develop there as a graduate student and also as a national research council (NRC) post-doctorate researcher. Dr.


Scott-Emuakpor officially joined ARFL as a full-time civilian in 2010. Currently Onome is an aerospace re- search engineer.

In his current position Dr. Scott-Emuakpor is involved in structural and vibrational evaluation of turbine engine components, which includes fielded and demonstrator engine support and basic material-based research. Dr. Scott-Emuakpor uses his

knowledge and skill to make sure that the advance engine designs meet program structural integrity requirements for safe testing. Dr. Scott-Emuakpor received a scholarship to play basketball

at Wright State University. While at Wright State, Dr. Scott- Emuakpor earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engi- neering. He then went on to The Ohio State University where he earned his master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering. Dr. Scott-Emuakpor is currently a member of 5 professional societies including American society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As a volunteer, Dr. Scott-Emuakpor is focused on preparing future leaders. He has mentored a number of student and student athletes at Wright State. He is very active with the Dayton Regional STEM School. He also volunteers with Boys and Girls club, Our Daily Bread soup kitchens, and as a basketball coach for youth in Kettering, OH.

Most Promising Scientist in Industry

Justin McDade Cell Simulation Engineer General Motors Company


ustin McDade completed his undergraduate education at Eastern Michigan Univer- sity in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Here, Justin received his bach- elor of science in computer engineering technology. After undergrad, Justin moved on to receive his master of energy systems engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Justin started his career at General Motors when he was

selected as an intern through a special advanced degree program established between General Motors and the University of Michi- gan. As an intern Justin was one of the first in General Motors to create a physics-based electrochemical model of the battery implemented in the first generation Chevrolet Volt. In 2010, Justin was hired as a multi-physics CAE engineer, and within 1 year he was promoted to cell modeling specialist.

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