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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 the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. 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, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

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

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