REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Dr. Ebonee Walker was recently recognized as the Young Professional of the Year at the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies Professional of the Year Dinner. Walker was nominated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The HATS Professional of the Year event is held annually and highlights both Professional of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. Recipients are credited with outstanding service to their organization and great engineering work.

"I have always been persistent looking for new projects. I wanted to be proactive about my career. I make sure I am staying on the cutting edge of the electrical engineering field," Walker said.

To be considered for Young Professional of the Year candidates must be 35 years or younger. This is the first year this category has been presented. Walker was one of 12 finalists in this category.

The dinner was held at the Westin and featured keynote speakers: Dr. Deborah Barnhart, chief executive officer, U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Daniel Tait, chief executive officer, Energy Alabama.

Walker has worked at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center for five years as a materials engineer with Weapons Development and Integration Directorate.

In this role Walker supports the customer with security engineering which ensures Army systems are safe from exploitation. Her efforts keep the enemy from learning proprietary information about our technologies and creating their own versions.

"Dr. Walker is rare in that she is a technical expert who also has exceptional interpersonal skills and is willing to volunteer her time to teach others the art of communication and leadership," said Dr. Brian Smith, Senior Research Scientist. "Her work in professional societies has been a great contributor to the networking of Team Redstone young professionals that benefits all the Huntsville technical community."

Walker graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical with an electrical engineering degree and was valedictorian of her class. She also graduated from Fisk University with a Physics degree and Vanderbilt University with a Materials Science Doctor of Philosophy.

Walker started her career at AMRDEC by receiving a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program. This program is a U.S. Department of Defense sponsored competitive scholarship program that supports students who wish to obtain a degree in science, technology, math or engineering. Students may be appointed as DOD term employees during the tenure of the scholarship. Upon acceptance of the award, each awardee signs a DOD civilian service agreement for employment with the DOD civilian science and technology workforce upon completion of the fellowship.

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.