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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    This Carpathia CIO developed a hybrid cloud offering for federal agencies that is FedRAMP-compliant. 11/30/2014

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    This Rising Star's job is to equip U.S. soldiers with biometric-based gear to help them tell friend from foe. 11/30/2014

  • Christina Manol

    This Rising Star helps the Army's PEO EIS manage $1 billion worth of programs aimed at outfitting soldiers with the latest IT. 11/30/2014

  • Benjamin Rhodeside

    This Rising Star was instrumental in building bipartisan support for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. 11/30/2014

  • Ngoc Vu

    This Rising Star manages a 12-person team that has tackled some of the SEC's biggest IT endeavors. 11/30/2014

  • Shawn Wells

    This Rising Star wrote a guide for the Security Content Automation Protocol that opened the door for federal agencies to adopt cloud-based solutions securely. 11/30/2014

  • Tanusree McCabe

    This Blackstone Technology Group manager helped DHS agencies save money by embracing Web content management as a service. 11/30/2014

  • Zach Scott

    This Rising Star's novel approach to sharing EPA data resulted in an educational game in which participants play various stakeholders in an environmental crisis. 11/30/2014

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