Maria Thorpe, acting executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Systems Acquisition Group, recently received the Department of the Navy (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program Administering Officer of the Year Award for 2022. Anthony Smith, director of the DoN HBCU/MI program, and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Commander Vice Adm. Carl Chebi presented the award to Thorpe at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Sept. 20. The DoN’s HBCU/MI program is designed to increase the participation of HBCU/MIs in the Navy’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) programs and activities. As part of its mission, the program strengthens the capabilities of these institutions to conduct basic and applied research and increases the quality and quantity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs with a focus on minority researchers and graduates. Smith read from the proclamation, “Maria’s unwavering dedication has uniquely positioned the DoN to be greater enablers of the STEM talent pipeline produced at the nation’s HBCU/MIs. In 2016, Maria stood up NAVAIR’s HBCU/MI Internship Program with funding from the DoN and continues to provide game-changing RDT&E opportunities and experiences to populations traditionally underrepresented in the DoD STEM workforce.” “Her pioneering efforts have […]
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