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ITSMF hosts its annual gala symposium and awards ceremony

ITSMF luninaries and awardees smile for the camera. From left, Dr Michael McCrimmon, director of the ITSMF executive leadership academy; LaTasha Gary, H-P IT director; Zacharie Lemelle, ITSMF chair; Jacob Waah of Mass Mutual, Fern Johnson of PepsiCo, Carole Bilson of Pitney Bowes and Viola Maxwell-Thompson, ITSMF exec director.Washington, DC – IT leaders and business owners from the public and private sector gathered in February to network, honor colleagues and discuss emerging industry trends. The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) annual IT symposium and awards ceremony is a marvelous opportunity for black and Hispanic IT execs to network, collaborate, and even look over the competition in today's global marketplace.

This year's event was the seventh. As it has been for the past three years, it was co-sponsored by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).

More than 500 corporate, government and association execs and guests gathered for the ceremony and the feature attraction: a keynote address by Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent.

In her keynote, O'Brien sent out a challenge to action, promoting education and advancing the goals set out by President Obama in this year's State of the Union address. She called on IT leaders for the creativity and innovation the country needs to stay competitive in the global economy.

O'Brien also stressed the importance of education for the next generation, particularly in the STEM fields. "There is incredible power in standing up and standing for something," she said, urging her listeners to take the lead in education reform and innovative technology.

The ITSMF awards honor leaders who help both the IT industry and next-gen African-American IT leaders. This year's top awards went to Sheila Talton, VP, office of globalization at Cisco Systems; Jose Jimenez, president of the enforcement, security and intelligence division of CSC; Robert D. Blackwell Sr, chair of Blackwell Consulting Services, and Jerry Williams, CIO of HUD.

Special recognition awards were given to Cisco Systems; Accenture; Art Hopkins, president & CEO of Macquarium; and Fabomi Ojuola, president and CEO of Crestpoint Solutions.

The symposium featured a lineup of IT industry leaders from the public and private sectors. Premium-level sponsors were Bank of America, Cisco, Comcast, Cox, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Target, Wells Fargo and Whirlpool. For more about the event, visit www.itsmfonline.org and www.hitecglobal.org.


Chrysler Group engineers honored with tech-leader awards

These Chrysler Group employees received modern day tech-leader awards at the recent Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) conference. From left: Jaison Busby, Scott Ashley, Deirdre Simpson, Al Kneeland, Keera Riddick, Blair Parker, Amr Kady, Pam Hutchins-Pugh, Annamalai Kailainathan, Marietta Cleveland and Damon Royster. Washington, DC – Eleven Chrysler Group LLC engineers were presented with modern-day technology-leader awards at a luncheon during the twenty-fifth Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) science, technology, engineering and math global competitiveness conference this February.

The awards recognize bright, high- performance, up-and-coming women and men who are shaping the future of engineering, science and technology.

The Chrysler Group award winners came from the company's powertrain, engineering and manufacturing organizations. The Chrysler Group has sponsored the Black Engineer Awards gala for nearly twenty years.


HNTB's Lamberto Ballí joins Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Lamberto Ballí of HNTB. Houston, TX – Lamberto Ballí, PE, associate VP and director of municipal services for HNTB Corp (Kansas City, MO), has been appointed to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers by Governor Rick Perry. The nine-member board serves the state by licensing qualified engineers, enforcing the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulating the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

"I am extremely honored to receive this recognition and appointment," says Ballí. "I hope to use this opportunity to recruit students, specifically in the Hispanic communities, into the engineering profession."

Ballí works in HNTB's Houston and Brownsville, TX offices; he's a graduate of Texas A&M University and a past HENAAC honoree. HNTB Corp is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving federal, state, municipal, military and private clients. For more info visit www.hntb.com.


Obama admin honors DOE techies with presidential early career awards

Washington, DC – The Obama administration has named thirteen U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers among the eighty-five recipients of the presidential early career award for scientists and engineers. This a high honor the government gives outstanding scientists and engineers near the start of their independent research careers.

The DOE awardees were recognized for research in fields from energy independence to exploring the depths of space and identifying dark matter. They are funded by the DOE's office of science and the National Nuclear Security Admin.

The President congratulates some recipients of the presidential early career award.

"Science and technology have long been at the core of America's economic strength and global leadership," the president says. "I am confident that these individuals, who have shown such tremendous promise so early in their careers, will go on to make breakthroughs and discoveries that will continue to move our nation forward in the years ahead!"

Researchers supported by ten federal departments and agencies received the award. Each of the thirteen honored DOE scientists will continue to receive DOE funding for up to five years to advance his or her research. The winning DOE-funded researchers include:

Ilke Arslan, PhD, University of California Davis, for advanced characterization of energy and hydrogen storage nanomaterials.

Juan Estrada, PhD, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, for high-energy physics and particle astrophysics experiments.

Dillon Fong, PhD, Argonne National Lab, for contributions to the understanding of nanoscale size effects on ferroelectric phase transitions.

De-en Jiang, PhD, Oak Ridge National Lab, for pioneering computational research.

Elena V. Shevchenko, PhD, Argonne National Lab, for breakthrough research assembling nanosized building blocks.


Tamara Kolda: new editor on SIAM's computing journal

Livermore, CA – Tamara (Tammy) Kolda, a researcher at Sandia National Labs, is a new section editor on the Journal on Scientific Computing of the Society for Industrial and Applied Math (SIAM). Her job is overseeing material on high-performance computing and software.

"The journal just formed this section because of increased interest in computing," Kolda notes. "I was excited to be asked to serve as its inaugural editor." Kolda has served on the journal's editorial board for six years and had advocated for the new section.

"Sandia has a very strong and diverse computing program that meshes with our role in supercomputing," Kolda adds.

Sandia is a multi-program lab operated and managed by Sandia Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. For more information see www.sandia.gov.


Catherine H. Pilarz named ASTM international chair for 2011

West Conshohocken, PA – Catherine (Kitty) H. Pilarz, senior director of product safety at Mattel/Fisher-Price (East Aurora, NY), is 2011 chair of the board of directors of ASTM International. ASTM is one of the world's largest and most diverse standards-developing organizations, and board chair is its highest elected position.

Pilarz has served on the ASTM board since 2006. She is also vice chair of new projects for ASTM Committee F15 on consumer products, co-chair of Subcommittee F15.18 on cribs, toddler beds, play yards, bassinets, cradles and changing tables, and on many other F15 subcommittees. In 2006 she was honored with the ASTM award of merit and the title of Fellow for her contributions to F15, a committee of more than 900 manufacturers, end users, industry associations, regulatory authorities, health pros and consumer advocacy groups who develop voluntary product standards to improve consumer safety.

Pilarz is also a member of the ASME and the American Society for Quality, which recognizes her as a certified reliability and quality engineer.

At Mattel/Fisher-Price Pilarz is responsible for the safety policy of all the company's product lines. The company designs, manufactures and markets toys and family products sold in more than 150 countries.

Pilarz graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980 with a BSME and went to work at Fisher-Price as an engineer in training.

ASTM International meets World Trade Organization principles for development of international standards. Its standards are accepted and used in R&D, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. More info at www.astmnewsroom.org.


Dr Njema Frazier declared a "history-maker in the making"

Washington, DC – Dr Njema Frazier, a physicist in the defense programs of the National Nuclear Security Admin (NNSA), has been recognized as one of "theGrio's 100: History Makers in the Making." Released by theGrio.com, a division of NBC News, the list covers African American men and women "who are writing the next chapter of American history."

Frazier was recognized for her work in modernizing the way the U.S. will defend itself in the twenty-first century, and for helping to develop future scientists.

Frazier has a BS in physics from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Michigan State University. She has been with NNSA for nine years and is currently a senior scientist in the defense science division. She oversees and coordinates weapons-related science activities at Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia, three national labs that address national security needs, science-based stockpile certification and more.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.


ABI gives IBM its Top Company for Tech Women award

Palo Alto, CA – The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology declared IBM the winner of its Top Company for Technical Women award, a new annual award recognizing an organization that has demonstrated measurable results in recruitment, retention and advancement of technical women at all levels. The award was presented at ABI's sixth annual Women of Vision awards banquet held in Santa Clara, CA this May.

The award is based on the com-pany's current representation of tech women as well as improvement in women's representation over time.

Ron Glover, IBM VP of global diversity and workforce programs, notes that the company "has a long history of developing women technology leaders as a cornerstone of our global talent and diversity strategy."

For more on ABI and the May event, see www.anitaborg.org.


Georgia's Women in Technology announces women of the year awards

Atlanta, GA – Women in Technology (WIT) recently announced winners of its eleventh annual Women of the Year in Technology awards presented by the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd. The WIT awards celebrate female technology execs as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in Georgia's technology community.

In the enterprise business category the winner was Lisa McVey, VP and CIO of McKesson Provider Technologies, Ambulatory and RelayHealth Connectivity Solutions.

In the medium business category the winner was Margaret L. Loper, chief scientist, info and communications lab, Georgia Tech Research Institute. In the small business category it was Barbara A. Carkenord, co-founder and chief curriculum strategist, B2T Training.

For more info visit www.mywit.org and www.GrantThornton.com.



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