Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Cheree Armstrong

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

Where are you from?
Chesapeake, VA
Where are you currently?
Chesapeake, VA
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Optical Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Nuclear Engineering at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a program that encourages success amongst is students.  It provides the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a degree in a major in the field of science and technology.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It provided me with a solid foundation and work ethic to succeed in the field of engineering.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS gave me the confidence to know that I have the ability to achieve anything that I pursue in life.  It also afforded me the opportunity to network with professional graduates of the DNIMAS program.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
While in college I tutored in the ACCESS tutorial center and participated in various organizational programs.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Hanging out and spending time with my classmates.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Nothing :)
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have developed into the well rounded individual that I am today.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Maintain a good work ethic and a good relationship with professors and classmates.

Karina A. Jones (Mayfield)

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1995
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-Chemical Engineering)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes. Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer for Marine Corps Systems Command
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an academic program that challenges students to look beyond the surface of their intellect and social status in order to discover what gifts and skills can be used to effect positive and lasting change.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS made graduate school a priority and it prepared me for the rigors of obtaining an engineering degree. This accomplishment has helped me navigate my career in just about any direction I wanted.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS challenged me to get stretch past my comfort zones and learn about my weaknesses and flip them into a skill, a craft that I could fall back on later. My DNIMAS class mates were an awesome support system as well. We were competitive yet, we were there for each other. I still hold many of the friendships today very dear to my heart.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was in the Gospel Choir, Student Leadership, and National Society of Black Engineers (going to lots of conferences). I participated in a lot of Spades tournaments, hung out on the steps of Phyllis Wheately for HOURS. Of course I went to games mostly football and basketball.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Sitting on the steps of Phyllis Wheatley (with the ladies from the class of ’95) watching a car literally drive up on the median because the driver was too busy looking at us! That was funny!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Whatever my issues were, they were outweighed by the fun I had and the shear joy of graduating with honors!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have met some of the most sincere, caring, supportive and loving friends that I have in my life. Those
relationships will last a lifetime.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Absolutely! Weekly or daily.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Push yourself and do not rest on your laurels or GPA! Intellect gets you to a point. Perseverance through trials allows you to enter with unwavering confidence.


Da’Shaun A. Joseph

Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

What year did you graduate?
2007
Where are you from?
New Orleans, LA
What was your major?
Computer Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes, Masters in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is the only full academic scholarship program at Norfolk State University. It create dynamic opportunities for esteemed students in the STEM field and is one of the most premier academic programs that NSU has to offer.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS introduced me to the engineering field. Without DNIMAS, I would not have taken an interest in Computer Science or Engineering. Once I became an engineer, the world of possibilities opened drastically.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS helped me learn how to foster a diverse and inclusive mindset that is critical in corporate America.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
National Society of Black Engineers, Dynasti Dance Team, SGA, DNIMAS Student Association, Ms. NSBE 2006, Senior Class Queen 2007, Monster DLP, INROADS.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
GRADUATING!!!!!!!!!!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Those infamous mandatory study session!!!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would have majored in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta University.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Very few, that is sad and I need to change that!!!
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
DNIMAS is teaching fundamentals that will be critical in graduate school and corporate America. As irrelevant and tedious as things may seem, they are always done for a reason. Being on a full academic scholarship is a PRIVILEGE and something that is really not common to achieve easily.. As your parents would say, you won’t understand it today but you will 5 years from now.


Donald Quincy Goggans

Posted: September 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
NSU – 2006, North Carolina State University – 2008
Where are you from?
Concord, North Carolina
What was your major?
Bachelors of Science in Physics
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Im an electrical engineer at M.C. Dean in Northern Virginia
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a scholastic program that helps provide a platform for students to excel in the sciences at Norfolk State University.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It made my undergraduate experience a lot more feasible.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It connected me to a lot of my lifelong friends.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Intramural football and basketball,  research at Jefferson Labs, and tutoring with student support services and the STARS program.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
I jumped over a couple rows of stairs during APS my senior year.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Being mandated to do volunteer work.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I’d have a lot more student loan obligations!
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes, I still keep in close contact with a lot of people I graduated with, along with others that live in the DMV area.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
The practices, rules, and regulations that are currently in place are not going anywhere…  So you might as well comply.  Study with the classmates that are motivated to succeed.