Monday, September 15, 2008

BDPA IT Showcase Winner * Tiffany McCormick (North Carolina A-T State University)

One of the best things that occurred during my time as an elected leader with National BDPA was getting Dr. Jesse Bemley to create and lead the BDPA IT Showcase. It began as a pilot program in 2003. Our goal was (a) to create a venue for HSCC alumni and college students to participate at the annual conference and (b) to encourage the recruitment of future African American Ph.D. candidates in the hard sciences.

The BDPA IT Showcase include presentations (both paper and poster) of advanced computing topics. The focus is leading edge technologies, hardware and software methodologies, research proofs of concepts encompassing intelligent, wearable computing, web technologies, high performance computing (HPC), computing curricula and computational science.

Tiffany McCormick won the 2008 BDPA IT Showcase gold medal in the college division. Tiffany is a senior pursuing her degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro NC. Oddly enough, she is not currently a BDPA member.

Tiffany volunteers with Girl Scouts, Habitat for Community, her church and the Greater Metropolitan Restoration Center. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Tiffany meditates, reads and spends time with her family. She strives to develop her abilities to their fullest in order to realize her purpose in life.

Tiffany is a gifted sister. The BDPA Foundation encourages you to check out the paper that helped her win first place at the 2008 BDPA IT Showcase. Her topic was ‘Synopsis of Power System Analysis’ and you can find her 11-page paper here.

My hope is that we can have at least one IT Showcase participant from each of our 50 chapters next year. For now, I encourage you to share some love with Tiffany for winning the 2008 BDPA IT Showcase!

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