30+ GDIT Team Members Recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference

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This month, Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), a diversity organization that partners with employers to promote multiculturalism and gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), hosted its Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference. The awards recognize African American pioneers in STEM and honor those who continue to make significant contributions in the field.

At the event, which was held virtually using digital twin technology due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more than 30 GDIT employees were recognized for their “exceptional careers in government and industry, and actions that have energized both corporations and communities alike.”

BEYA 2021 Award Winner Photos Nyaradzo Longinaker (1)

Nyaradzo Longinaker, a Statistician Advisor in our Federal Civilian division, was honored as the Most Promising Scientist in Industry, an incredible honor for an incredible colleague! The award recognizes a scientist with three to ten years in the workforce who demonstrates tremendous potential for future scientific contributions in his or her field. Nyaradzo’s research on COVID-19 has been key to assisting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in understanding the effects of COVID19 in nursing facilities. In 2020, she authored a full research manuscript on opioid prescribing to Medicare beneficiaries. And she still finds time to tutor and volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Amazing, Nyaradzo!

BEYA 2021 Award Winner Photos thumbnail[4] Olie Burton (1)

Olie Burton, an Information Systems Senior Director, was presented with the Dr. John Slaughter Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to higher education and leadership. The award is named for the first-ever Black Engineer of the Year award winner, Dr. John Slaughter, who won the award in 1987 having excelled in electronics engineering and computer control systems in naval weapons at General Dynamics. He was also the first African American to lead the National Science Foundation. Good company to keep, Olie! Congrats!

Additionally, over 30 other GDIT colleagues were recognized as Modern Day Technology Leaders. They are:

Amrit Ghimire James Riddick McKensey "Corey" Carter
Alveon Dixon Kelly Johnson Michael Carswell
Brian Northern Keshonna Cooper Natalie Franklin
Calvin Sojourney Kory Brumfield Natash Jones
Clarence Kennedy Leon Hamer Nick Mingle
Danielle Jones Les Struthers Richard Oliver-Goodwin
Devin Brown Lesley Perkins Richard Simms
Eddie Bland Larry Lynn Stacee Pindell
Herbert Cannon Lisa Hill Steve Wilson
Isaiah Wojciechowski Maria Joseph-King Walter Ferguson
James Grant Maurice Peterson

We are so incredibly proud of each of these team members. We’re even more proud that they represent GDIT across our entire business, contributing to multiple divisions, teams and projects. GDIT is a better organization because of their effort, expertise and experiences.

Learn more about the BEYA STEM Conference or about other winners.