Shanda Johnson recognized for significant STEM education and outreach advocacy

Awarded for outreach activities directly supporting more than 30,000 students, Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT), was presented the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mary Miller.

Daniel A. Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

Daniel A. Ormond (left), Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson (right), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

“It is clear you have gone above and beyond in your dedication to STEM outreach and advocacy on behalf of the Department of Defense,” said Miller. “You are truly deserving of this honor.”

Acknowledging the need to serve underrepresented and minority students in the Charleston area, Johnson founded a “My Brother’s Keeper” coalition to inspire children to explore STEM careers. “My Brother’s Keeper,” a national program launched in February 2014, challenges cities, towns, counties and tribes to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color - ensuring all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Johnson brought together a diverse coalition of leaders from the local community, universities, colleges, and businesses to support and encourage the students.

Johnson has also led and mentored robotics competitions, cyber camps, and various other STEM programs, engaging the community to shape the STEM workforce of the future.

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The STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of DoD military and civilian personnel in promoting, enhancing, and developing STEM education and outreach activities.

 

2017 Awardees

 

2016 Awardees

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