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Congratulations to the 2015 Rising Stars

Rising Star 2013

Each year, FCW recognizes individuals who are in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers, yet already are having an outsized impact in the community. These women and men are not only making a difference today -- they are put forth by their peers and managers as the likely leaders of tomorrow.

Perhaps unsurprisingly in a year so dominated by data breaches, this year's class of Rising Stars is weighted heavily toward cybersecurity -- but there are also innovators working on everything from acquisition to website development.

Full profiles will run later this year in FCW, and the winners will be honored in person at the Oct. 14 GCN Awards gala. Until then, here's a quick preview of the 2015 Rising Stars -- 14 individuals you'll be hearing about for years to come:

Akosua Ali
Department of Homeland Security

Michael H. Brody
Department of Homeland Security

Lindsay Burack
Sapient Government Services

Evan Chan
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Regina Kassar
Red Team Consulting*

Nicholas Keshavarz-Nia
Noblis

Alexander Lin
TCG

Erica McCann
Information Technology Alliance for the Public Sector

Katherine Mullins
Department of Homeland Security

Mark Naggar
Department of Health and Human Services

Christina Prat
Customs and Border Protection

Teresa Rodriguez
U.S. Forest Service

Michael Wheeless
Oceus Networks

Andrew Yuen
Environmental Protection Agency

* Regina Kassar recently left Red Team Consulting for a position with IBM, but her Rising Star award reflects accomplishments in her previous role.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


Who are the Rising Stars?

Nominations for the 2016 Rising Star awards are now being accepted.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2015 Gina Albuquerque

Congratulations to Teresa Rodriguez and all the rising stars.

Thu, Sep 10, 2015 Patricia l Stahler Florida

Congratlution to all of you

Thu, Sep 10, 2015 Andrew C DC

Congratulations Andrew Yuen! I'm glad to see you're getting recognized for how amazing and innovative you are!

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