Tiffany Owens, Safety Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division was honored Oct. 24 by the Richmond Style Weekly magazine as one of "Richmond's Top 40 Under 40" for her volunteer work with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] outreach.
DAHLGREN, Va.—NSWC Dahlgren Systems Safety Engineer, Tiffany Owens, was honored by the Richmond Style Weekly magazine as one of "Richmond's Top 40 Under 40" for her volunteer work with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] outreach. The event was held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia, Oct. 24.
"It was a great honor to be recognized," Owens said. "STEM outreach is something that I'm very passionate about and enjoy doing. I think back to the mentors I had on my path to becoming an engineer, and that is what inspires me to do the work. They helped me see engineering as an interesting, fun, achievable career path, and I hope to provide the same level of exposure and excitement to a future generation of scientists and engineers."
Owens volunteers with several STEM enrichment programs and activities, such as the FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] LEGO League, FIRST Robotics Competition, National Society of Black Engineers, and Richmond Science Fair.
"I just finished the FIRST LEGO robotics season, helping coach my son's LEGO team," she said. "I had a great experience at the recent regional competition and look forward to doing it again next year and applying all we learned. I volunteer in my children's classrooms to share engineering activities during National Engineers Week and have developed STEM awareness programs with a variety of organizations."
Owens has served as past chair and member of the Virginia State University's College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee and volunteers with the Richmond Technical Center.
Owen's day job is Systems Safety Engineer, where she currently works on several Marine Corps Unmanned Ground System programs. "As a safety engineer, I identify potential hazards within the system and engineer mitigation strategies for implementation and verification," explained Owens
At NSWC Dahlgren, Owens has also been involved with her division's "Special Events Committee" that is responsible for identifying, organizing, and implementing events to improve morale, team building, and cultural enrichment. Within the Systems Safety Engineering Safety Division of her department, Owens has organized the division's United Way King George Day of Caring team for the past 3 years, coordinated the department's Adopt a Family for Christmas outreach, and led the division's Bring Your Child to Work Day Activity.