Foreign exchange program exposes Middle Eastern girls to computer coding
July 29, 2015
The State Department program, started in 2011, introduces nearly 30 teenage girls from the Middle East to Java programming and advanced computer coding.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
Virginia Tech is good at football, but the university also has a knack for turning out information technology leaders, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security. Here's 11 Hokies whose careers began in a Blacksburg classroom.
Letitia Long Job: Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Tech Connection: Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering
Paige Atkins Job: Director for Strategic Planning and Information at the Defense Information Systems Agency (SES) Tech Connection: Graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering
Kevin Meiners Job: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acting) for Portfolio, Programs and Resources. (SES) Tech Connection: Graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering
Kenneth Myers Job: Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Tech Connection: Holds a Bachelors Degree
Lynn Schnurr Job: Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Intelligence Community Information Management Directorate Tech Connection: Holds a Bachelors of Science Degree
Dennis Clem Job: Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense Tech Connection: Graduated in 1973
Ellen Embrey Government Job: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Current Position: Counselor at The Cohen Group Tech Connection: Graduated in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, Education
Bob Flores Government Job: Chief Technology Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency Current Position: President, Applicology Tech Connection: Holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Statistics
Alan Wade Government Job: Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency Tech Connection: Graduated in 1973 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering
Gary Winkler Government Job: Army Program Executive for Enterprise Information Systems Current Job: CEO at Cyber Solutions and Systems Tech Connection: Graduated in 1983 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering
Tim Beres Government Job: Director of Preparedness Programs at the Department of Homeland Security Current Job: Vice President at CNA Tech Connection: Graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in History