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The BEYA (Becoming Everything You Are) Conference presents the Outstanding Technical Contribution Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This award is given to those who have designed, developed, managed, or assisted in developing a product, service, system, or intellectual property within these fields.

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Nalini Ambrose, a VA Health Systems & Strategy Department manager at The MITRE Corporation, leads an interdisciplinary team of technology professionals, clinicians, and policy experts, working on complex healthcare challenges. She has also mentored many within and beyond her organization while leading by example.

“Growing up in South India, I saw my mother suffer from heart disease, and I knew early on that I wanted to help people achieve better health and healthcare. Coming to the U.S. from a country with a different culture, climate, and academic system, I faced culture shock. But I knew what my calling was and that I would have the opportunity to make an impact in solving significant healthcare challenges using data and technology solutions.”

Siraaj M. Hasan, a director/principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has over 25 years of experience at Booz Allen Hamilton. He began his career as a sophomore in computer science at Hampton University and has since become a vital member of the Booz Allen team. He is a role model and leader in transforming business at Booz Allen.

Hasan believes that a diverse workforce fosters innovation and success and creates a culture of inclusivity. His motto is “What They See. They Will Be,” which is also the name of the organization he founded with friends from Hampton University.

“When I received the award announcement, the first person that came to mind was my big sister, an HBCU [historically Black college and university] alum of Spelman College who double majored in math and computer science. She is why I pursued a degree in computer science and a career in computer science. I was a junior in high school when she called me from Spelman. She said, ‘Siraj, start taking computer classes now!’ She’s always been my biggest fan and my number-one role model. As young people, often what we see, we will be,” he said.

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