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NEWS | Nov. 29, 2021

NSWC Panama City engineer wins Black Engineer of the Year Award

By Cierra Burch NSWC PCD Public Affairs

Ashley Williams, engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), was recently selected as a 2022 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Modern Day Technology Leader.

The BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader award recognizes bright women and men who are shaping the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Williams said she is excited to learn of her selection and is looking forward to the positive career impacts as a result.

“I am ecstatic about receiving a BEYA award as I have never won an award before,” says Williams. “Winning this award means my hard work is being recognized by my superiors which will help as I pursue my career goals. I strive to inspire more young black engineers to continue to pursue their goals in STEM.”

Williams is a test director for the Joint Expeditionary Command and Control (JEXC2) Program of Record which develops and fields a standardized, deployable Command and Control capability to meet the needs of the Joint Task Force Commander.

In the two years Williams has held this position, she has led six significant test events, overseeing test teams comprised of testers and subject matter experts who test and field JEXC2 variant systems to the United State Navy and Marine Corps.

Nicholas Rasoletti, JEXC2 test lead at NSWC PCD, commends Williams for her hard work.

“I have watched Ashley continually improve to become one of the strongest test directors on the team,” states Rasoletti. “She is to be commended for her significant contributions to JEXC2, the United States Navy, and especially to the warfighter.”

Angela Walker, Test Engineering brand head at NSWC PCD, says Williams is an asset to the Command

“Not only is she technically savvy, but Ashley is a natural leader,” states Walker. “Her dedication to growth and knowledge make her a unique asset to NSWC PCD.”

The 2022 BEYA STEM Conference will be held February 17-19 and Williams and other award recipients will be recognized on February 18.