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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    Lindsay Burack

    Lindsay Burack helped streamline the National Cancer Institute's website, making it more user-friendly and adding support for social sharing. 11/23/2015

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    Michael Wheeless successfully demonstrated that commercial smartphones and tablets could connect securely from Navy ships to networks back ashore. 11/23/2015

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    Evan Chan

    At JPL, Evan Chan helped lead the creation of paperless procurement and augmented-reality initiatives. 11/23/2015

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    Erica McCann

    Erica McCann makes recommendations about legislative and regulatory actions that affect the contracting environment, which benefits both government and industry. 11/23/2015

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    Andrew Yuen

    Andrew Yuen completely revamped the EPA's website to make it easier for users to find the information they need. 11/23/2015

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    Christina Prat's management helps Border Patrol agents get the data they need quickly and accurately to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 11/23/2015

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    Michael H. Brody

    Michael Brody has a unique ability to reconcile mission needs with privacy protections, which requires close collaboration with DHS' many independent-minded components. 11/23/2015

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