April 2018 Accolades

Courtney Thurston (2015) has been named as a Goldwater Scholar. Her research focuses on using constraint programming & modelling to make autonomous, intelligent trade-offs between system constraints, yielding optimal navigation paths for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.


    Justin J. Pearson (2013) had a Resolution given to him in the Tennessee State Senate by State Senator Lee Harris for the summer enrichment program -Camp Hope Memphis – he founded after his first year in college. Camp Hope has served over 150 students in low income communities of Memphis.

Stephen Early (2016) was accepted into an impact startup

accelerator from the Young Sustainable Impact program.

He will be going to Norway for two weeks in the summer to

work with mentors, developers, and investors.


Jonathan Jones (2009) received the Eugene DeLoatch Legacy Award at

the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Washington, D.C. for the

impact he’s making in STEM at his company, Corteva Agriscience™,

Agriculture Division of Dow DuPont™.


Bonded over the grief of losing a child, Caitlin Yerkes (2000) partnered

with Melanie Adams and the two started making soap to comfort women

experiencing similar loss. They were recently featured in Northern

Virginia Magazine.


Diana Wilson (2014) was recently selected for the prestigious

Ghanaian 30 under 30 award for her nonprofit: Yielding Accomplished

African Women (Yaa W.). Her mission is to help African women develop a

gender specific professional toolkit to succeed in finance and technology

related career fields. With education and professional development, she

hopes create economic and social opportunities for 10 college women in

Ghana, West Africa.


Justin Harlow (2001) and his colleagues on the Charlotte City Council

were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal concerning their

views on the term “millennials.”