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DDEP DILIGENCE AWARDS

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

 

Presented by:
Tamala Fortson
Director of Operations
Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.

Leadership Awards celebrate the ability of students to create and develop new ideas, to originate and to invent, and to motivate and organize others to achieve individual and collective excellence.

*Note: All student year-in-school classifications were for the Spring 2020 semester.

$1,000 DDEP LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Nicolette Barriffe
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Electrical Engineering

Miles Johnson
Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: 
Environmental Engineering

Jahsiah Sanders
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Computer Science
Engineering Focus: Computer Engineering

Stephen Seymour
Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

$1,000 SHINING STAR AWARD WINNERS

Charles Coleman
Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus:
Biomedical Engineering

Chisuso Eresia-Eke
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering

Keyshawn Malone
Freshman, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Industrial Engineering

Herbert Smith
Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering

Wrayzene Willoughby
Spelman College
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Chemical/
Environmental Engineering

$800 LEADING BY EXAMPLE AWARD WINNERS

Nicolette Barriffe
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Electrical Engineering

Morgan Brown
Second Year, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Kamryn Calloway
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Biology
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

Jared Davis
Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

 

 

Bryant Dean
Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Beaumont, TX

Dennis Lee Harrison
Junior, Morehouse College
Major: General Science
Engineering Focus: Computer Engineering

Jordan Lawton
Morehouse College

Reyla Ponder
Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering

AWARDEE PROFILES

 

 

NICOLLETE BARRIFFE

NICOLETTE BARRIFFE

Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Electrical Engineering

Nicolette Barriffe is a junior dual degree student at Clark Atlanta University majoring in physics with an electrical engineering focus. She participated in the NASA Student Launch Challenge, designing and building the avionics bay and payload retention systems for a high powered rocket. She also led a three-student team to develop accessible, low-cost, long-range two-way emergency response devices as part of the ERN HBCU Innovation Showcase and led a fourteen-student team in designing and building a 3D-printed hovercraft. She has worked as a technical sales engineer with Lincoln Electric in Pittsuburgh, PA and as a safety engineering intern with Transit Safety and Security Solutions in Washington, DC. She has served as founding treasurer of AUC MakeWay and president, treasurer, and conference planning chair of the AUC chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. She was named the Most Outstanding First Year Engineering Student and received the Atlanta University Center Leadership Award.

MORGAN BROWN

Morgan Brown is a second year student at Spelman College, majoring in mathematics with a dual degree engineering focus in industrial Engineering. She is a native of Aurora, Colorado. Her work experience includes service as a laboratory assistant in Spelman College’s Spectroscopy Research program, where she analyzed wavelengths. She has engaged in notable design projects, including designing a below-the-knee prosthetic with a do-it-yourself adjustable socket for low-income amputees and creating a plan to help students match their learning styles to undergraduate lectures. She has served as vice president and mentor committee chair of the Society of Women Engineers and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Spelman Sisters of STEM, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.

 

MORGAN BROWN

Second Year, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

KAMRYN CALLOWAY

KAMRYN CALLOWAY

Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Biology
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

Kamryn Calloway is a biology major with a biomedical engineering dual degree focus at Clark Atlanta University. She has been awarded the S-Power DDE Scholarship, Ford EEOC Scholarship, Kiewit Foundation Scholarship, and was named a Sherman Fairchild Scholars and an Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Scholar. She is a RISE undergraduate research trainee at Clark Atlanta University, where she conducts research on cells, assay application, and fluorescence microscopy. She also interned in the Cancer Research Center at Clark Atlanta University where she conducted research on polymerase chain reaction among other areas. She is vice president of the AUC Clark Atlanta University Michigan Club, and a member of the Clark Atlanta University Orientation Guide Corps, National Society of Black Engineers, and Verizon Innovative Mentoring Program.

CHARLES COLEMAN

Charles Coleman is a Morehouse College applied physics major with a concentration in biomedical engineering. He interned at the Coleman Group, working on proposals for government agencies including the US Naval Academy, IPPS-A, Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Justice and deploying technology for collaborative project contributions. He is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and earned a place on the Dean’s List. He has won scholarships from Morehouse, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church and the Dual Degree Engineering Program. He was named Top Scholar of the Class of 2022 and won a National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence Award.

 

CHARLES COLEMAN

Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

JARED DAVIS

JARED DAVIS

Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Jared Davis is a physics major at Clark Atlanta University with a dual-degree focus in civil engineering. He served as a project lead for the AUC Makeway Solar Decathlon, leading 30 students in designing and building net zero energy attached housing. He has conducted research as part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), examining the surface composition of copper, and as part of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, where he researched user interfaces and social media analytics.  He has also worked as a programming principles tutor. Davis is a member of the Clark Atlanta University Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program and the AUC Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

BRYANT DEAN

Bryant Dean is a sophomore dual degree student currently studying applied physics with a mechanical engineering focus at Morehouse College. He has conducted research on polymers in the Smart Biomaterials Research Lab at Morehouse College and served as a student tutor. The Chicago, Illinois native has been featured on the national news and podcasts and served as a keynote speaker for the Chicago Peace Rally.

BRYANT DEAN

Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Chicago, IL

CHISUSO ERESIA-EKE

CHISUSO ERESIA-EKE

Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering

Chisuso Eresia-Eke is a Clark Atlanta University dual degree engineering student with a focus in civil engineering. She has worked as a safety engineering intern with Transit Safety and Security Solutions and an engineering design intern at the Concept Engineering Company. She has volunteered with the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, working with middle schoolers on STEM projects. She has engaged in mathematics research at Clark Atlanta University and participated on AUC engineering teams which designed, built and launched payload components in a NASA competition and designed a solar home as part of the Solar Decathalon. She has served as international chair of the National Society of Black Engineers, and founded the Energy Club, where she also served as president. She is a member of AUC Make Way, the ExxonMobil Future Leaders Academy and the Clark Atlanta University Honors Society. She has been named a Dual Degree Engineering Program Ambassador and won the Engineering Success Award at Clark Atlanta University. 

DENNIS LEE HARRISON

Dennis Lee Harrison is a junior at Morehouse College majoring in general science with a minor in mathematics. His dual degree engineering focus is computer engineering. He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Georgia United Credit Union School Crashers, and the National Society of Black Engineers. He has worked as a user experience analyst during an internship with Georgia United Credit Union, where he performed quality assurance testing for digital platforms, promoted data governance best practices, and supported enterprise architecture, as well as coordinated cross-functional team communication. He also worked as a project coordinator and site manager for Buffalo Dallas, where he helped develop digital designs, managed vendors, managed on-site even transactions, and coordinated customer service activities.

DENNIS LEE HARRISON

Junior, Morehouse College
Major: General Science
Engineering Focus: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

MILES JOHNSON

MILES JOHNSON

Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Environmental Engineering

Miles Johnson is an applied physics major at Morehouse College with a dual degree focus in environmental engineering. He has received the Stamps Academic Scholarship, the Wells Fargo Bank Scholarship, the Burger King Scholarship, the Truliant Federal Gredit Union Scholarship, and an Engineering Success Scholarship, and is a member of the Morehouse College Honors Program Student Association. Johnson was a summer professional enrichment intern with Evonik Corporation, where he worked with high performance polymers and  geopolitical factors affecting the global helium market. He was also a summer associate with the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and the Auburn University Department of Biosystems Engineering, where he was a researcher in lactica acid production. He also interned in the Office of the City Manager of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as president of the AUC National Society of Black Engineers, chief of staff for the Morehouse College Honors Program, as secretary for the Graves Honors Residence Hall Council, and on the executive board for Students Organized for Sustainability. He has also served as a Spanish, German, and Chinese tutor and a presidential ambassador and new student orientation leader at Morehouse Colege.

JORDAN LAWTON

Jordan Lawton is a rising sophomore dual degree pre-engineering major attending Morehouse College. He currently works as a student caller for Morehouse in the Office of Institutional Advancement, where he communicates with various alumni across the country to develop support for the college and to increase alumni participation in the Morehouse community. He is actively involved in AUC NSBE, earned a 3.94 GPA during his freshman year, including straight A’s during the first semester. His hopes and aspirations for the future are to complete the DDEP program in four years, and to graduate from college with two degrees en route to a career in mechanical, chemical, or technical engineering. He would like to one day manage his own global engineering company which will serve to mentor the next generation in STEM and provide service to the global community from many different engineering aspects and disciplines. 

JORDAN LAWTON

Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Environmental Engineering

KEYSHAWN MALONE

KEYSHAWN MALONE

Freshman, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Keyshawn Malone is a freshman at Clark Atlanta University where he is a dual degree engineering major with a concentration in mathematics. A  native of Chicago, Illinois, he decided to continue his education at Clark Atlanta to pursue his goal of becoming an engineer due to his desire to do more for the world we live in and decrease the chances of reoccurring problems. He has received many awards throughout his academic career, including completing his first semester at CAU with a 4.0 G.P.A. He has been an active volunteer, participating in community activities including cleaning up parks, picking up trash, and feeding the homeless during Thanksgiving since some people don’t have the luxury of eating with their families. He is looking forward to being part of NSBE. He recently served as an information technology assistant, integrating his classrooom experience into his work as he strives to achieve greatness.

REYLA PONDER

Reyla Ponder grew up in Hampton, Georgia as the youngest girl of five children. Currently she attends Spelman college. She is a mathematics dual degree engineering student with an interest in interdisciplinary research involving energy sustainability, environmental, and social issues to solve global challenges in order to create a more equitable, healthier, and sustainable world. She is leaning towards graduate school after obtaining her mathematics and civil engineering degrees in hopes to obtain her Ph.D. one day. Ponder hopes to combine all her passions of STEM, social and environmental justice into a career that will ultimately improve the lives of her community and the world.

REYLA PONDER

Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering

JAHSIAH SANDERS

JAHSIAH SANDERS

Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Computer Science

Jahsiah Sanders is a Clark Atlanta University junior majoring in general science with a dual degree focus in computer engineering. He has been named an AUCC DDEP Honors Student, was selected for the Outstanding First Year Award, and has a certification from the National Society of Leadership and Success and a STEM certification from Northeastern University. His scholarship awards include the Accenture Achievement Award, CF Institutional Award, and Engineering Success Award. He has worked as a student researcher with the Clark Atlanta University Engineering Department, where he conducted research on solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy, in addition to designing an energy kit through 3D printing. He was also a researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, where he explored new nanomaterials for energy and robot autonomy. He also has worked as a student assistant for the AUCC. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and an AUCC Ambassador.

STEPHEN SEYMOUR

Stephen Seymour is a junior dual-degree applied physics and electrical engineering major from Nassau, Bahamas. During his time at Morehouse, Stephen has been very active in the STEM community. During his freshman year, he formed and led engineering teams to place second at STEM competitions across the country. After successfully working with his small friend group, Stephen decided to create more opportunities for other students by co-founding the AUC (Atlanta University Center) MakeWay, the only engineering design organization in the AUC where students are working on projects ranging from building rockets to designing zero energy emission homes supported by NASA and the US Department of Energy. While at Morehouse he has completed internships in the automotive and software industries at BorgWarner and Microsoft respectively. This summer he will work as an electrical engineering hardware intern at Microsoft (the first from Morehouse College to fill this position).

STEPHEN SEYMOUR

Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus:
Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

HERBERT SMITH, IV

HERBERT D. SMITH, IV

Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering

 

Herbert Smith, IV is a sophomore applied physics major at Morehouse College with a dual degree focus in mechanical engineering. He is currently leading a team of ten engineering students to design and build a drone, payload retention system, and deployment system as part of the NASA Student Launch. He also served as the project lead in creating an animated car using the JavaScript programming language and lead a team in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow which repurposed a vending machine to dispense toiletries using a token system for the homeless student population. He is certified in scientific literacy and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, AUC MakeWay, and King’s Scholars.

WRAYZENE WILLOUGHBY

Wrayzene Willoughby, born and raised in Washington, D.C., is a rising junior chemistry (Dual-Degree Engineering track) student at Spelman College. Wrayzene has a keen interest in research on environmental sustainability, aspiring to obtain her future PhD. Her previous research experiences at Howard University to Stanford University has fostered a love for the areas of wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery. On-campus, Wrayzene is heavily involved in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as the Spelman Senator, the AUC’s engineering design team, MakeWay Academy and researching at Georgia Institute of Technology under Dr. Yongsheng Chen. For this upcoming summer, Wrayzene will be interning at ExxonMobil in Annandale, New Jersey as a Research & Development Intern to help solve the dual energy challenge. She is a Executive Leadership Council Scholar, Spelman LINCS Scholar, ExxonMobil WISE Scholar and apart of the Ford First-Generation Mentorship Program. Wrayzene enjoys being in nature as she is a volunteer at The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm in her spare time.

WRAYZENE WILLOUGHBY

Spelman College
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Chemical/Environmental Engineering