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Five From Johns Hopkins APL Receive Women of Color Recognition

Five staff members from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, were honored last month with Women of Color STEM Awards. The annual awards honor promising innovators and inventors who are making a difference in their disciplines as well as demonstrating a commitment to mentoring and encouraging women in STEM fields.

Suman Woolums, a human systems engineer and supervisor, received a special recognition. In 2019, through an APL innovation challenge, Woolums led an all-female team that developed a helmet-mounted, relatively inexpensive, lightweight augmented reality display designed to support field operations. She then helped transform the challenge into the Laboratory-wide BLAST (Building Leaders Accelerating Science and Technology) program for early-career staff that is now in its second year.

Four other APL women — Latise Baker, Cara Hall, Karmethia Thompson and Shahnaz Ukani — received Technology Rising Star awards.