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DDEP DILIGENCE AWARDS

 ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS AWARDS

Presented by:
Dr. Christopher Ellis
Program Manager
Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.
Dual Degree Engineering Program

Achievement and success award winners represent students who have shown a record of accomplishment which heralds a promising career as an engineer and demonstrates the potential to change the status quo.

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

$1,000 ENGINEERING SUCCESS AWARD WINNERS

Nadley Aisuan
Sophomore, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Financial Engineering

Blake Crump
Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: 
Electrical Engineering

Charles Hart
Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering

Semaj Hayden
Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering
AUC Institution: Morehouse College
Major: General Science

Rachel Ruffin
Junior, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

$400 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

Dymond Allen
Sophomore, Clark Atlanta University
Engineering Focus: Software Engineering

Trinity Coates
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering

Alasia Collins
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering

Terrance Dwamena
North Carolina A&T State University

Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering
AUC Institution: Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics

Laila Hayes
Freshman, Spelman College
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

J.C. Hollins
Clark Atlanta University
Engineering Focus: Architectural Engineering

Ashanti Holt
Fourth Year
North Carolina A&T State University
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering
AUC Institution: Spelman College
Major: Mathematics

AWARDEE PROFILES

 

 

DYMOND ALLEN

DYMOND ALLEN

Sophomore, Clark Atlanta University
Engineering Focus: Software Engineering

Dymond Allen is a dual degree engineering major at Clark Atlanta University with software engineering focus. She plans to create her own software company after earning her degree. Her goal is to break the cycle of African American women who cannot find jobs in the tech industry by creating jobs for them on her own. According to her plan, her company will exemplify black excellence by incorporating women of color and ensuring their knowledge is put to use.

NADLEY AISUAN

Nadley Aisuan is a sophomore at Spelman College, majoring in Mathematics with a dual degree engineering focus in Financial Engineering.She is originally from Los Angeles, California. Nadley’s goal is to introduce the upcoming generation to the bridge between finance and technology. At Spelman College, Nadley currently volunteers as a Spelprep mentor and tutor at a local High school. Nadley has worked as a student administrative assistant in the DDEP office,where she has assisted many of her fellow program students. Nadley has been awarded with the Legacy and Leaders Scholars award and the Perfect record honor roll award at Spelman College.

 

NADLEY AISUAN

Sophomore, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Financial Engineering
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

TRINITY COATES

TRINITY COATES

Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering

Trinity Coates is a junior chemistry major at Spelman College from Indian Head, Maryland. Her engineering focus is chemical engineering. She has worked for the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC and made the Dean’s List at Spelman. She has volunteered for community clean up and health and fitness projects.

ALASIA COLLINS

Alasia Collins is a Clark Atlanta University student from Pittsburgh, PA. She is a dual degree student with an engineering focus in chemical engineering. Collins is from Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania.  

ALASIA COLLINS

Alasia Collins
Junior, Clark Atlanta University
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering

BLAKE CRUMP

BLAKE D. CRUMP

Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia

Blake D. Crump is a sophomore applied physics major at Morehouse College from Fayetteville, GA. His engineering focus is electrical engineering. He is the co-founder of AUC Make Way and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is part of the a research team which integrates applications and data for the Culturally Relevant Research Lab. He also participated in the Google Computer Science Institute, where he studied coding languages including Python, the IAM3D Challenge, where he helped lead the design of a hovercraft using CAD drawings and 3D-printed parts, and the IBM Collegiate Hackathon, where he placed second in the solo competition category.

TERRANCE DWAMENA

Terrance Dwamena is a dual degree student currently studying mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He has also studied applied physics at Morehouse College. He has worked as a systems design intern at the United Parcel Service where he improved system design strategies and developed 3D designs. He also worked as a business operations intern for the United Parcel Service and a logistics associate for Express, coordinating the transportation of finished goods and negotiating with vendors. He is a member of the National Association of Black Engineers, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His volunteer work includes sorting donations and art supplies for homeless kids.  

TERRANCE DWAMENA

North Carolina A&T State University
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering
AUC Institution: Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics

CHARLES HART

CHARLES HART

Junior, Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Conyers, Georgia

Charles Hart is a junior at Morehouse College, majoring in applied physics a dual degree focus in chemical engineering. He is a native of Conyers, Georgia. He has been selected as an Oprah Winfrey Endowed Scholar, an Alvaro L. Martin Scholar, and an ExxonMobil Future Leaders Scholar. He won the Freshmen Engineering Design Award at the University of Buffalo. A member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Hart has worked as a researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, working on corrosion testing, and as a researcher at the Clean Energy Bridge to Research in Seattle, Washington, where he worked with organic polymer solar cells. He has also served as a mathematics tutor an dparticuapted in the Oprah Winfrey South Africa Leadership Program, community clean-up in Atlanta’s West End, and coached elementary school-aged students at a basketball camp.

LAILA HAYES

Laila Hayes is a first-year Chemistry major with a concentration in biomedical engineering attending Spelman College. Originally from Waldorf, Maryland, she attended Elizabeth Seton High School, where she was co-captain of the varsity volleyball team and served as a candy striper in the MedStar Southern Maryland Emergency Room Department. As a part of her four-year pre-engineering track, her senior capstone was centered around pediatric occupational therapy in which her team manufactured toddler occupational testing equipment to assist the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. Upon completion of her high school degree, she was one of twenty students in an elite summer bridge accelerator program at Spelman College called WiSTEM. During this time, she researched the underrepresentation of African-American females in the creation of new machine learning/artificial intelligence and how the lack of female S.T.E.M. knowledge can support domestic abuse through smart home technology. As a student at Spelman College, she was involved with her freshman residence hall association, was a member of the National Society of Black Engineer, and a tutor at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy as a part of a program called SpelREADs. As a tutor, she expanded her skills of empathy, motivation, and resilience. Through research projects requiring the application of the engineer design process, she learned how to conduct research, lead a team through effective communication, and produce high-quality products. She aspires to achieve a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering, and a doctorate in biomedical science and engineering. Laila is a charismatic, analytical thinker with the mindset of a change agent ready to take on whatever comes her way.

LAILA HAYES

Freshman, Spelman College
Major: Chemistry
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

SEMAJ HAYDEN

SEMAJ HAYDEN

Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute
Engineering Focus: Civil Engineering
AUC Institution: Morehouse College
Major: General Science
Hometown: Troy, New York

Semaj Hayden is currently studying at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is pursuing his civil engineering degree, along with his Morehouse College general science degree. He has worked as an international recruiter with PlanNet Marketing Travel, an engineering intern with Grupo Excelsior, and an aviation intern with Atkins. While at Morehouse, he was a founder and fundraising chair for AUC MakeWay, an organization with a mission to provide hands-on experience for STEM students in the AUC through culturally relevant, team-based projects. He also served as the vice president of social media fro the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society and the National Society of Black Engineers. 

J.C. HOLLINS

J.C. Hollins is a dual degree engineering student majoring in physics with an engineering focus in architectural engineering. He has worked in logisitics and production for a number of companies, including Independent Packing Services. He is proficient in website and technological tools such as Logic Pro, as well as hand tools such as table, circular, reciprocating, chop/milter saws and panel saws, drill presses, pneumatic nailers and staplers, electric drills and angle grinders.

J.C. HOLLINS

Clark Atlanta University
Major: Physics
Engineering Focus: Architectural Engineering

ASHANTI HOLT

ASHANTI HOLT

Fourth Year
North Carolina A&T State University
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering
AUC Institution: Spelman College
Major: Mathematics

Ashanti Holt is a fourth year mathematics and chemical engineering student at Spelman College and North Carolina A&T State University. At Spelman, she served as the programs chairperson of the Atlanta University Center’s National Society of Black Engineers (AUC NSBE), as well as secretary of the Georgia Delta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society. Ms. Holt strives for the academic excellence and well-being of her counterparts. She often sets aside her time to assist those in need her efforts of mathematical tutoring and volunteering. After the completion of her degrees, Ms. Holt hopes to combine her passions of cosmetology, mathematics, and chemical engineering in order to become a cosmetic chemist and create her own cosmetic company dedicated to people of color.

RACHEL RUFFIN

Rachel Ruffin is a junior mathematics major in the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Spelman College. Rachel has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to academic excellence, community service and leadership. This has earned her impressive honors including: Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Spelman College Dean’s List (3 semesters), Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, and more. Rachel’s eagerness to learn has led her to become the first Spelman student to participate in the Honors Program in Analysis with Georgia Tech’s School of Mathematics, which features a four-week intensive math course each summer, plus assignments and mentoring throughout the school year. Rachel was also given the opportunity to conduct research with the chair of Spelman’s Mathematics Department, where they researched and modeled key principles of fluid dynamics. Making a difference in her community and on campus is a priority for Rachel, as she has volunteered with the West End Community Garden, Trees Atlanta, and as a reading tutor at Brown Middle School. From the onset of her Freshman year, Rachel has assumed a leadership position. Serving as the President of the Community Leadership Council for her freshman Residence Hall, Rachel led a team of seven other students in planning social, educational and community service activities. Today, she is an Executive Board member of Spelman’s Residence Hall Association, where she advocates for a quality experience for all students. Rachel’s expertise proves to be interdisciplinary, as she also serves as a peer tutor in the Spelman College Writing Center. After completing three years at Spelman College, Rachel will continue an additional two years at a participating engineering school, as part of the Dual Degree Engineering Program. She plans to become a Biomedical Engineer, to hopefully ensure that emerging medical technologies are reflective of the African American community.

RACHEL RUFFIN

Junior, Spelman College
Major: Mathematics
Engineering Focus: Biomedical Engineering

GIDEON NDEH

GIDEON NDEH

Sophomore, Morehouse College
Major: General Science
Engineering Focus: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Bamenda, Cameroon

Gideon Ndeh is a sophomore at Morehouse College, majoring in general science with a dual degree focus in mechanical engineering. A native of Bamenda, Cameroon, Gideon became interested in engineering due to the underdevelopment of facilities and resources in his village of Mankon. Living in the village, Gideon experienced some of the difficulties that plague the community. Using his past experiences, Gideons ultimate goal is to create projects to renovate roads, filter dirty water to avoid diseases, renovate the community schools to increase education, improve the local hospitals to better care for patients, implement a reliable source of electricity to the community enabling people to have access to the internet, and create recreation areas and buildings such as parks, and playgrounds in hopes of creating a safe environment for everyone to come together. In addition, he desires to be in the position to mentor and expose younger children to STEM opportunities. Many children, especially from predominately black communities do not see many successful people from their communities in STEM fields so they are not motivated to pursue a career in STEM; Gideon hope is to change that. At Morehouse College, Gideon participates in clubs while maintaining a high academic performance. He is a member of NSBE as well as an ambassador for the AUC African Student Association. He often lends a hand when needed. He stops by the DDEP office at least once a week to catch up on the latest news. Gideon participates in work study where he is a community assistant for the department of housing. Academically, Gideon has been awarded with the Top Ranking GPA Scholar his freshman year.

ERIC PATTERSON

Eric R. Patterson is a fourth year Dual Degree Engineering Program student currently studying chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. He has also majored in applied physics at Morehouse College. He has served as research assistant, working on power optimization of electro-thermal systems at Howard University, where he focused on improving lithium ion batteries by vertically aligning carbon nanotubes. He was also a research assistant at Morehouse College, peforming extensive lithography to conduct research related to terahertz metamaterials, and at Colorado State University, where he worked on EUV Mass Spectrometer Laser Ablation System, among other projects. He is the alumni relations chairman for the Atlanta University Center Consortium Dual Degree Engineering Program and served as the society events chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success and historian for Morehouse Chapel Assistants. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. His accomplishments include the Engineering Excellence Scholarship Award, the Engineering Leadership Scholarship Awards, and the Best Scientific Communication Award at the Power Optimization of Electro Thermal Systems at the University of Illinois. 

ERIC PATTERSON

Fourth Year
Engineering Institution: University of Michigan
Engineering Focus: Chemical Engineering
AUC Institution: Morehouse College
Major: Applied Physics

STEPHEN SEYMOUR

STEPHEN SEYMOUR

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

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).

OTTO TAYLOR

Otto Benjamin Clarence Taylor III is a sophomore, applied physics major with a dual-degree focus in electrical engineering at Morehouse College. He will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University upon completing his applied physics and liberal arts requirements at Morehouse College. He was born in Rockford, IL and partially raised on the South Side of Chicago. In 2010, Otto moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to complete middle school and graduated from the University Laboratory High School. Otto was selected to participate in a Pre-Freshman Residential Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at the Morehouse College Makerspace Exploration Center. While there, he led a small student cohort that conducted research and competed in a STEM design project competition (‘Law Enforcement Drone ‘). Otto interned at Northrup Grumman where he performed testing, troubleshooting and fixing multifunctional space hardware and at the Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in Raleigh, NC, where he led a project team with fellow interns from various geographic backgrounds and STEM majors and developed his own software application. He is a student project team member at the Morehouse College Makerspace, and is a member of the AUC Chapter National Society of Black Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, the National Society of Leadership & Success, and is a Morehouse College Top Ranking GPA Scholar.

OTTO TAYLOR

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