INCOSE WMA members and MITRE employees, Charlotte Farmer and DeAnthony Heart, were recently honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards for their professional accomplishments. Both were recognized for their professional accomplishments during the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Global Competitiveness Conference. Sponsored by Career Communications Group (CCG), the annual conference was held in Washington, D.C., February 5-7. The event—now in its 29th year—brings together engineering and IT professionals from the corporate, government, and military communities, along with students, to promote opportunities for underrepresented groups and women in the U.S. technology sector.

Charlotte Farmer

Farmer is the Treasurer of the INCOSE WMA Chapter and a principal information systems engineer in MITRE’s Enterprise Systems Engineering & Integration department and guides major organization restructuring, strategic planning, process improvement, change management, quality management and program management together with a wide range of our nation’s top government leaders. Farmer received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tennessee Tech University; a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee; and a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in systems engineering at The George Washington University.

DeAnthony Heart

Heart is the STEM Committee Chair at INCOSE WMA and is a senior systems engineer at MITRE. As task lead supporting the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Heart’s work helps enhance security, efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy. He is a strategic adviser on the implementation of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Heart received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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