Introducing the 2013 Rising Stars

Rising Star 2013

The 2013 Rising Stars come from a variety of agencies and businesses. They earned their honors for work such as modernizing systems to make information more available and useful, and educating colleagues on emerging technologies, among many other things. These young men and women are among the government's up-and-coming talent, and could be destined, we believe, for greatness.

The 2013 winners:

Eric T. Brassil: Freeing the flow of State Department reports

Kirsten E. Dalboe: Keeping DHS ahead of the tech curve

Grace E. Dalton: Coordinating email migration

Carolyn Harvey: Saving money for HUD at GSA

Dan P. Houston: Stamp of approval at the Postal Service

Hetal Jain: Transportation's sustainability monitor

Samantha Kott Kouril: Undaunted by challenge

Victor T. Lazzaro: Putting health data to work

Michael G. Meskill: Taking USDA to the cloud

Michael Metzger: Thriving on unpredictability

Irina Nguyen: Bringing transparency to acquisition

Paul Reynolds: Connecting civilian and intell agencies

Marlene C. Roush: Data science educator

Rebecca Schwartz: Nanotechnology for the troops

Michael Shrader: Aiding small tech manufacturers

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