IBM Spectrum Diversity Network Group Visits NFA North Science Students



     Recently, members of the IBM Spectrum DNG, a Black Diversity Network Group within IBM for the East Fishkill and Poughkeepsie IBM sites, visited students at the Newburgh Free Academy North Campus. Drs. Carla Bailey, Percy Gilbert, Kelly Malone, Jochonia Nxumalo, Akil Sutton and Edem Wornyo, discussed the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in IBM history, along with the significant contributions towards the advancement of science and technology.

     The team shared with students how they balanced achieving their dreams through higher education with their everyday life, by focusing on teamwork, determination, goal-setting and time-management.

     "It's all about really learning to self-motivate," explained Dr. Bailey.

     The group expressed how taking an idea in their head, and through trial and error bringing the idea to fruition, keeps them motivated.

     "Our theme for this year's Black History Month celebration is, "Then, Now and Next". We cherish the opportunity to share our achievements in the last century, the technologies we're working on today and our vision for the future. We hope to perk the interests of the students in the fields of science and technology and show them the amazing opportunities that lie ahead of them," explained Bintou M. Susso, Functional Characterization Engineering.

     Lastly, the students were able to take part in a question and answer session with the group and discussed the importance of keeping jobs in the United States by valuing science and math.

     Newburgh Enlarged City School District Director of Science Al Romano, urged students to stay focused on their studies and shared with students, "There will always be a need for math and science careers in this world."



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