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 assignment. 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 Fame (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 greatness.
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