Alcorn State, Miss. (January 25, 2013) – The Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation and US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine has selected Alcorn alumna Michelle Wynter, a researcher at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer for 2012. Wynter will be recognized for her achievements at a luncheon during the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) conference, scheduled for February 7-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Wynter received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alcorn State University in 2000, followed in 2002 by her master’s degree in biology education. She has been selected for long-term training for the 2013/2014 academic year and will attend Louisiana State University to pursue a doctorate in agronomy. In addition to her role as a research biologist, Wynter enjoys spending time with her husband Gary, photography, traveling and volunteering with her church.
Trailblazers are men and women actively creating new paths for others in science, research, technology, and development. Some are experienced executives who continuously seek innovative products or lines of thought, some are breaking new ground at the midpoint of their careers, and others are recent graduates who show pioneering promise. Regardless of their career point, they distinguish themselves by constantly setting their sights higher, striving to innovate and open doors for others. Trailblazers are men and women of color who are demonstrating outstanding performance and will shape the future course of engineering, science and technology.
Hosted annually by Career Communications Group, Incorporated, the BEYA STEM conference provides an environment for recruitment, networking and professional development for college representatives, professionals and students from across the country representing the upper echelon of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and careers.
The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities and an annual research program exceeding $2 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.