2003 Master’s Alumni
Kerry-Ann was interested in math from a young age. Her parents encouraged her, knowing the value of a good education. Her participation in the PIMS (Partnership in Math and Science) Programat Michigan State University with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. helped her to define her career goals. She entered the NYU Poly’s Y.E.S. (Youth in Engineering and Science) Program during the following summer, which sparked her interest in Computer Science. At Howard University Kerry-Ann began pursuing her interests in the engineering field.
The Open Door Education Foundation, through the NACCB’s Washington, D.C., Chapter, honored her with scholarships,while she attended Howard, which contributed to funding her academic career and propelled her to a new phase in her life. This new direction began when she decided to attend graduate school after graduating Magna Cum Laude (3.78 GPA) with a B.S. in Systems and Computer Science from the School of Engineering at Howard.
After graduating from Howard University, Kerry-Ann worked full-time for two summers at MITRE, a GEM Corporate Sponsor, as a Software Applications Development Engineer. She then returned to NYU Poly — this time as a GEM Masters Fellowship recipient. After successfully completing her MS in Computer Science, she returned to the MITRE Corporation and was promoted to Senior Software Applications Development Engineer in the Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development (CAASD). In her current position, she uses Microsoft Visual Basic to create software that will analyze airline restrictions on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data to interpret the results and decipher its meaning.
Kerry-Ann intends to pursue her MBA from the University of Maryland. When she retires from Corporate America, she envisions becoming a teacher at a local university after working with them for several years as an adjunct professor.
Kerry-Ann strongly believes in extracurricular activities and community services and proudly serves as a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Tau Beta Pi. While at Howard University, her extracurricular activities included helping those less fortunate. For instance, she volunteered at the D.C. Central Kitchen and the Capital Area Food Bank by packaging food for the homeless, YWCA (home for the underprivileged) Cleanup and Bright Beginnings (school for homeless and underprivileged children).
Despite, or, perhaps, even because of the current slump in today’s economy, Kerry-Ann encourages today’s youth to follow their hearts and pursue something that will hold their interests for a long time. For her, that field is engineering, where she can utilize her creativity. To the young children out there, she says, “Apply for summer programs in a field you would like to consider. Get to know your strengths and weaknesses; capitalize on your strength; choose a career and make it work for you!”
After all of her scholarships, education and mentoring, she continues to give back to the community because of her belief in a simple truth: “To whom much is given much is expected.”