LaTasha T. StarrDescribed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the “future of interdisciplinary graduatetraining”, LaTasha T. Starr’s innovative academic and professional approach to Engineering and Scienceprovided her unique research opportunities with NASA Ames, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), TheBoeing Company and the Centro de Astrobiología (SPAIN), all before beginning her career as a SystemsEngineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC). Less than a year later, LaTasha was oneof only 15 engineers throughout LMSSC selected to participate in Lockheed Martin’s EngineeringLeadership Development Program (ELDP). With open arms, she has embraced challenging positions,including a Software Systems Engineer role on the GOES-R/SUVI program, where she was responsible forthe design, fabrication, testing and validation of solar telescopes used for monitoring the sun’s activity.Her next assignment as the Risk Manager on the GMD proposal eﬀort further developed her risk andopportunity assessment skills as well conﬁrmed her ability to lead in the midst of challenges.Mrs. Starr was also a member of the Avionics team on the Orion program, where she gained valuableexperience during the design and testing phases of the Cockpit and Display mockups for the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. After successfully completing the Engineering Leadership Development Program,she assumed the role of Vehicle Integration Systems Engineer and Systems Lead for Structures andMechanisms on the P734 program. She then took on a lead role on the Targets and Countermeasuresprogram as the MBRV-8 point of contact, rounding out her past experiences in proposal development,requirements derivation and design engineering while simultaneously providing the opportunity todevelop new skills in areas such as Mechanical Assembly, Integration and Test. Her most challenging roleleveraged her technical experience with new business ventures as a graduate of the BusinessDevelopment Analyst/Business Development Apprenticeship Program (BDAP). One BDAP rotation in Airand Missile Defense (AMD), focused on the sale of Pac-3 missiles in Japan and proposal developmenteﬀorts for the HARP program as a member of the AMD Advanced Programs team. Each BDAP rotationfocused on building key customer relationships in the areas of Tactical Missiles, Combat Ground Vehiclesand Precision Fires.
LaTasha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and a minor in Biology from Tennessee StateUniversity. At the University of Washington (Seattle), LaTasha earned her Master’s degree from theCollege of Engineering in Human Centered Design & Engineering with a concentration in User InterfaceDesign and Astrobiology. She recently put her industry career on hold to pursue a doctoral degree inIndustrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington where shemaintains a 3.8 GPA. Mrs. Starr enjoys bridging the K-12 education gap in Science, Technology,Engineering and Math (STEM) throughout the U.S. and abroad, by exposing teachers and students toinnovative learning methods year–round. Mrs. Starr is the co–founder of STEM Memphis, an organizationin her home town that strives to improve the academic success rate of local youth by providingopportunities for STEM–focused summer camps, tutoring and after-school archives throughout theschool year. Mrs. Starr is also the founder of ESTe²M Builders, an engineering education company thatbuilds on the foundation established by STEM Memphis by extending the vision of academic and careerreadiness through the addition of entrepreneurship in to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathinterdisciplinary learning model. LaTasha is committed to replenishing the future workforce by inspiringthe next generation through education and public outreach, mentoring and community service.
Ariel Bowman is a Ph.D candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics.Her research area is Applied Mathematics, specifically Computational Neuroscience. She is one of elevenLouis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge-to-the Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) Fellows. Ms.Bowman is a graduate of Texas Southern University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree inMathematics with a minor in Health Studies. Ariel Bowman is currently an executive coordinator of theUNITI STEAM Summer program, which takes place at the Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center, hasheld this position for two years. She is also the graduate liaison of UTA’s chapter of the Association forWomen in Mathematics (AWM) and former Treasurer of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics(SIAM). Ariel Bowman teaches a Preparations for Calculus course and has been a Teaching Assistant forCalculus 2. As an undergraduate, Ms. Bowman was president of the Society of Urban Mathematicians,Student Ambassador for the math department, and a member of the Student Advisory Council. She wasalso a Supplemental Instructor for the Math Department, where she conducted Algebra Recitations. ArielBowman was a member of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and the Houston Chapter of the LouisStokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program under the direction of Dr. Bobby Wilson. She has beenthe recipient of the College of Science and Technology Faculty and Sta3 Scholarship Award. ArielBowman truly enjoys telling others including students at local high schools about her journey through acareer in mathematics.
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