CDD CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
                 Notable African American’s contribution to technology

As a way to celebrate Black History month, CDD is acknowledging African
American’s, who have excelled in technology. Following is information
about three such notable individuals:

*Denise Gray, Director of Hybrid Energy Storage Systems,
General Motors.

Denise Gray was appointed to her current position as director of Hybrid
Energy Storage Systems on December 1, 2006. In this position she is
responsible for the advance development, design, release, validation of
battery system solutions for GM Hybrid and Extended Range Electric
Vehicles (E-REV).

Ms. Gray began her career with General Motors in 1980 as a student
intern and has held a wide range of leadership positions in GM’s
Vehicle Engineering and Powertrain organizations including: director of
Transmission Controls, director of Engine and Transmission controller
Systems Integration and director of Engine and Transmission Software
Engineering. Her experiences in these positions led to her current

Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Kettering
University (formally GMI) and a M.S. in engineering science-management
of technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2000).

(Center for Automotive Research)

*Kevin Bryan, President of the Board of Directors,
Environmental Leadership Program.

The Environmental Leadership Program works towards a just and
sustainable future by recruiting emerging leaders for their extensive
training program. Bryan has been actively involved with ELP for many
years, both during the organization’s conceptual phase in the late
1990’s and again when he participated in ELP’s National Fellowship
Program in 2003. Bryan began serving on ELP’s board of directors in
2005. His newest role as Board President continues his ongoing
involvement with the organization.

The Environmental Leadership Program is a national non-profit that is
growing a new generation of environmental leaders characterized by
diversity, innovation, collaboration, and effective communications.
ELP connects environmental leaders through regional and national
networks, training and learning opportunities, linkages with
environmental leaders and mentoring opportunities, activity grants, and
technical support for projects and by highlighting the need for the
environmental movement to nurture new leaders.

(USBE Magazine)

*Dr. Wanda M. Austin, President and Chief Executive
Officer, The Aerospace Corporation.

Dr.Wanda M. Austin is president and chief executive officer of The
Aerospace Corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated
to the objective application of science and technology toward the
solution of critical issues affecting the nation's space program. She
assumed this position on January 1, 2008. The Aerospace Corporation has
nearly 4,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $850 million.

Austin earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Franklin &
Marshall College, master's degrees in systems engineering and
mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in
systems engineering from the University of Southern California.

Austin has received numerous awards and citations. Among them are the
Air Force Scroll of Achievement, the National Reconnaissance Office
Gold Medal, NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal, the Air Force
Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center's Martin Luther King Spirit of the Dream Award. She also
received the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award and the
Torrance (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce Corporate Leadership Award. She
is a member of the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of

(USBE Magazine)

Congratulations to these three highly accomplished people for their
achievements. CDD was formed to help bring technology to minorities
and the underserved. Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach for

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