Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Déja Lindsey Uses her JnJ Scholarship to Attend Georgetown University

Déja Lindsey * Georgetown University
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to ten (10) students. One of those students is Déja Lindsey of Georgetown University.

Déja is a junior at Georgetown University with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. On campus, she is a member of the Georgetown Cheerleading Team and works as a technology support specialist. She spent her first two summers of college interning with top-40 Fortune 500 companies. She worked as an IT Intern for Johnson & Johnson during the summer of 2015 in Raritan, NJ, and as a Software Developer for JPMorgan Chase during the summer of 2016 in Houston, TX.  Besides technology, she is extremely passionate about giving back to her community and spends most of her free time volunteering and working with Girls Got IT!, a program she founded, that works to introduce young, underprivileged girls to technology. She aspires to work as a technologist that creates or improves applications to better the lives of humans around the world.

Déja is a member of our BDPA Chicago chapter. When asked to share her thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Déja wrote,

"Being a BDPA member has had a great impact on my career development. From membership in the BDPA I was able to network and make connections with employees from Johnson & Johnson and JPMorgan Chase, both of which I have spent summers interning. I found out about the program, Launching Leaders, in which I interviewed for my internship with JPMorgan Chase from contacts that I made through BDPA. I was also invited to participate in the Eli Lilly IT Career Planning Conference after meeting other BDPA members. I attended a local event in Washington, DC where I was also able to meet with working professionals in the Washington, DC area.

By attending the National BDPA Technology conferences in 2015 and 2016, I got the opportunity to attend seminars such as the Women in Technology Panel, Big Data session, Millennials in the Workforce, and How to Be Successful in Corporate America, which were all great learning experiences. Along with the networking aspect, BDPA has exposed me to more Black IT professionals, empowering me to continue my path into the information technology career field. My most memorable moment in BDPA was attending the PINKTech luncheon, because I was able to meet many African American women who have been in the tech industry for decades, which was very inspirational."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student on board as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Déja's career as she seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Katryce Bridges Uses her Monsanto Scholarship at Rockford University

Katryce Bridges * Rockford University
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Monsanto awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Katryce Bridges of Rockford University.

When asked to share her thoughts on being a Monsanto scholar, Katryce wrote,

"Hello, my name Is Katryce Bridges and I am a Musical Theatre Major at Rockford University. I will also be working towards a minor in business, which will enable me to manage my own finances, oversee my own contracts, and create my own business in the future. During my summer breaks, I will intern at various companies, so that I may learn to apply all of the knowledge that I will receive in school.

My ultimate goal is to perform professionally on Broadway, in Movies, in TV Shows, and so much more. I never want to stop learning and I am willing to accept any challenge that comes my way. While in high school, I was given the opportunity to work at Donald Gaddis Insurance Company. My position was Assistant to the Senior Accountant at Donald Gaddis Insurance Company, during the summers of 2013 and 2014. I gained a wealth of knowledge while working there. My responsibilities were organizing, filing, and scanning checks and invoices and delivering important documents. My work ethic grew immensely after working for Donald Gaddis Insurance Company. I may not be a science, math, or technology major but I do understand and appreciate how these subjects impact the world and how it helps to make the world a better and more efficient place when used properly."
BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student on board as winner of the Monsanto Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Katryce's career as she seeks to advance in the music industry!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Darren Young Uses Rackspace Scholarship at Purdue University

Darren Young * Purdue University
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Rackspace awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to two (2) students.   One of those students is Darren Young of Purdue University.  Rackspace is the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own.

Darren recently joined our BDPA Indianapolis chapter. When asked to share his thoughts on being a Rackspace scholar, Darren wrote,

"Ever since I began participating in the BDPA IT Showcase and attending the BDPA conference, I have felt a whole new level of inspiration and motivation diving into my IT professional career. The most impactful moments for me have been getting a chance to hear technical sessions lead by African American men and women in tech, as well as getting feedback from African American men and women in tech on how I can better myself. Going to a predominantly white institution, it is not often that I get to see successful men and women who look like me, and those numbers drop even lower when I look for these mentors in the field of technology. BDPA has given me further confidence that I have chosen the right industry and career path by allowing me to engage with students in my field, solve challenging technical research projects, and giving me access to a pool of top minority mentors in the field of technology. I am looking forward to finishing out my last few years going to the BDPA conferences as an undergrad and then going back when I am a full time employee somewhere."
Darren is currently a Junior at Purdue University studying Information Systems and Computer Information Technology. He has had a passion for working with Technology since middle school solving his parents “turn it off and turn it back on” questions. But he has gotten a chance to validate that passion with his past 2 internships in General Electric’s Digital leadership program. He spent last summer in a Data Analytics role, and this past summer he got to explore in the DevOps and cloud space.

Aside from work Darren stays very active on campus as the President of the Society of Minority Managers. He is also the co-founder and vice president for the Purdue Club Basketball Team. Darren believes that information technology is a powerful tool that can be used to make life easier and is a revolutionary necessity for every business. He strives to master business and technology tactics and merge his knowledge of the two giants to add value to a company and make the world we live in convenient, pleasant, connected and productive.

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as both a member and as winner of the 1st Annual Rackspace Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Darren's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Demetrius King Uses Monsanto Scholarship at Morehouse College

Demetrius King
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Monsanto awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Demetrius King of Morehouse College.

Demetrius recently joined our BDPA Atlanta chapter. When asked to share his thoughts on being a Monsanto scholar, Demetrius wrote,

"I am Demetrius King and I am a rising junior, computer science major at Morehouse College. I currently plan on starting an app development company after graduating with my undergraduate degree. The summer of 2016 I worked at the United States Department of Energy, where I built an online database.

In the short time that I have been in BDPA, it has been great. The most memorable part of my BDPA experience has been gaining connections with other students involved with BDPA. Being involved with BDPA has allowed to find students of my similar interests and caliber. I have also gained more confidence in myself as a Black male in technology as a result of BDPA. I hope to get even more involved in the future, so I can gain more connections and experience."
BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as both a member and as winner of the Monsanto Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Demetrius' career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jonielle McDonnough Uses JnJ Scholarship at the University of South Florida

Jonielle McDonnough * Univ. of South Florida
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to ten (10) students. One of those students is Jonielle McDonnough of University of South Florida.

Jonielle may join our BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter. When asked to share her thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Jonielle wrote,

My most memorable moment in BDPA is when I was awarded a scholarship. When I committed to attending the University of South Florida, I did not have any scholarship funds to be of financial help as I pursue my degree. I hoped that throughout the time I am a student at my university that I would receive financial assistance, especially scholarships. I was thrilled and full of excitement and relief when BDPA made it a dream come true while furthering my education.

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Jonielle's career as she seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Noam Eshed Uses JnJ Scholarship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Noam Eshed * Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to ten (10) students. One of those students is Noam Eshed of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Noam recently joined our BDPA New York chapter. When asked to share her thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Noam wrote,

I am a rising junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying for my dual Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer & systems engineering. My current career goals include being a project lead on a new product to improve people’s lives.

I’ve had two previous internship experiences. The first was working in the Commercial Aviation Systems department at Elbit Systems of America in Merrimack, NH. There, my responsibilities included conducting optical testing on various models of the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) and creating guidance on upcoming FAA regulations regarding the EFVS.

My second internship was in information technology at Johnson & Johnson with the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office. I created job training surrounding portfolio management software, managed guidance material for the 2017 business planning cycle, and enhanced the portfolio online community. On top of these, I was also involved in portfolio sensing, using a text analytics tool to categorize portfolio investments by key words and creating data visualizations, allowing portfolio owners to have a clearer understanding of their portfolio’s financial breakdown.
The diverse community of students and professionals in STEM fields that the BDPA creates is vital in today’s world. As a woman in a male-driven field of study, Noam understands the importance of diversifying the workplace. In her sophomore year, Noam was disappointed to see that she was the only female inducted into my university’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society of IEEE. Therefore, it is critical and inspiring to her to see what the BDPA does to bring together professionals of all backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities to one technology-focused community.

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as both a member and as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Noam's career as she seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter Competes at 2016 HSCC Championship

2016 HSCC Team
by Frank Hill


BDPA Cincinnati Chapter has trained High School students at Cincinnati State Technical College for the past 8 years.    The camp has 2 phases. Phase 1 is a 13-week program that trains area students on a variety of technical topics (Software, Robotics, 3D Printing, and Automation).

The second phases lasts 30 weeks and takes place on Saturdays. This phase prepares students for competition in a National High School Computer Competition.  Up to 10  students are trained during this phase.  The top five (5) students are selected to travel to a conference and compete for prizes and scholarships money.  Students are also eligible for scholarships based on academic and community service accomplishments.

BDPA Cincinnati chapter HSCC team traveled to Atlanta for the 38th annual BDPA Technology Conference on August 10-13, 2016. Teams participated in a 7.5 hour programming activity that required them to complete a secure, mobile responsive web site from requirements set by corporate judges. Students develop an User Interface, Middleware and Database during this period.   Students were then required to present their project to a team of judges and their code was inspected to ensure proper implementation. 

BDPA Cincinnati chapter HSCC team was Yaw Asante (Walnut Hills HS),  Jacob Koeninger (Campbell County HS),  Jalal Sylvester (Mason HS), Julian Pierre (Lakota West HS) and James Whitfield (Walnut Hill HS).  Our team placed in fifth place this year.  The team gained broad exposure to successful IT professionals and inspirational entrepreneurs.  Additionally, two BDPA Cincinnati students were recognized with $3000 scholarships from The Oracle Corporation. A total of $146,000 in scholarship money was distributed to high school and college students from all over the country.   The two winners were: Yaw Asante and Hasani Harrigan (Tuskegee University). 

Cincinnati State Technical College was also recognized at the conference as a Silver Level sponsor for ongoing support of BDPA training programs. BDPA training programs have help launch many successful young people over the years and it would not have been possible without great support from many people at Cincinnati State Technical College.

We are extremely proud and grateful for the support!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Amber Young Uses Fiat Chrysler Automotive Scholarship at University of Maryland

Amber Young * Michigan State University
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Fiat Chrysler Automobile awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Amber Young of University of Maryland.

Amber recently joined our BDPA Detroit chapter. When asked to share her thoughts on being a FCA scholar, Amber wrote,
"My name is Amber Young and I am a senior at Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I am interested in a career in neuroscience. During the summer of 2015 I worked as a BDPA intern at Trinity Health Corporation in Livonia, Michigan. I worked in the IT Project Management Office supporting an electronic medical record project for St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. This internship provided me with an opportunity to learn about project management in an information technology implementation/ I also was able to meet senior management across the enterprise and physician staff at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

While attending the BDPA national conference in Washington, DC I learned about computer technology, coding and media development. I learned about future career possibilities in computer science and its growing importance in the era of technology. My favorite part of this experience was 3D printing. I learned the applications of 3D printing in engineering and biomedicine. I used TinkerCAD software to develop my own 3Ddesign of a biosensor. Biosensors are devices that detect a biological analyte by converting specific entities such as DNA and proteins into an electrical signal that can be measured in biomarkers as evidence of disease. Biosensing technology provides efficient, accurate detection of diseases and determines drug effectiveness. My experience at the conference has helped me better understand ways that technology can be used in life science."
BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as both a member and as winner of the FCA Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Amber's career as she seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Albert Appouh Uses Johnson & Johnson Scholarship at Rutgers University

Albert Appouh (Rutgers University)
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to ten (10) students. One of those students is Albert Appouh of Rutgers University.

Albert recently joined our BDPA New Jersey chapter. When asked to share his thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Albert wrote,
I was born into a disadvantaged family in Newark, New Jersey. In my late teens, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder combined with schizophrenia and I have been institutionalized twice in my life due to these afflictions. In spite of my race, low income status, and mental disabilities, I found the best way to overcome these challenges was to immerse myself in my studies and to stay active in my community by volunteering and taking on leadership responsibilities. I maintained excellent grades throughout school, became a student leader for various extracurricular activities and volunteered regularly with organizations within my community. By taking the initiative to become a leader, and by having confidence in myself to succeed in ay endeavor I chose to take, I found that not only was I capable of being an excellent steward of resources, people and responsibility, but that I had a passion for it.

If I could be described in three words, they would be: ambitious, hard-working, and motivated. As an applied math, computer science, and economics triple major at Rutgers University with career aspirations in the IT industry, I am a very open-minded and creative person who is always eager to learn. Meeting new people and making connections fill me with such satisfaction. I am always working on improving myself in practically every aspect of my life, whether it be my personality, my leadership skills, or my etiquette. As much as I can capable of accomplishing things on my own, I work best as a team player. I always take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of in any position I’m given.
When asked about his relationship with BDPA, Albert wrote,
Being a member of Black Data Processing Associates has introduced me to a diverse network of qualified STEM professionals who can share their expertise and keep me (and other members, of course) up-to-date on business opportunities in the industry. In addition, the organization’s career development services have helped me develop and enhance my professional skills in order to increase my value in the eyes of prospective companies. Overall, being a member of BDPA has helped me learn more about technology, has improved my technical abilities, has introduced me to an experienced group of role models, and has opened doors leading to employment.
BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented technology student on board as both a member and as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Albert's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!