The Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC) is proud to announce that Ms. Chenelle Covin, technical writer-editor in the Publication Services Division (PSD) of the Logistics and Technical Support Directorate (LTSD), has been presented with the 2023 Women of Color STEM - Technical Innovation in Government Award. Ms. Covin was recognized at the 2023 Women of Color STEM DTX Conference in Detroit, MI on 14 October 2023. The theme of this year’s conference was Oceans of Change, Waves of Opportunities.
Ms. Covin’s tireless work on technical manuals has long set her apart, and it was her development of the Required Content Checker that truly distinguished her. By using the PowerShell programming language, this tool helps to improve accuracy and save valuable time that can be directed towards other tasks. In addition, Ms. Covin contributed to the CECOM X-Change tool, which has led to much faster conversion times of XML files. Taken together, these two tools have resulted in saving the Army an estimated $7.7 million in manpower costs through improved data accuracy, enhanced accessibility, and an optimized supply chain.
Mr. Tyrone D. Taborn, co-founder of the conference, stated, “We have chosen Ms. Covin as the recipient because she is part of an exceptional group of forward-thinking STEM experts. This year’s pool of candidates was exceptionally strong and represented a diverse collection of executive professionals.” During her acceptance speech, Ms. Covin said “Only a small percentage of women of color are in the STEM field. But we are here, driving innovation, making a difference, and showing that representation matters.”
Ms. Covin’s speech can be seen here: https://youtu.be/DVpycLSqRjE?t=7798.
A long-time social entrepreneur and journalist, Ms. Covin found an early passion in computer science that has led her to the peak of the industry. Her natural ability and hard work have come together to pay off with this prestigious upcoming STEM Award, while Ms. Covin’s dedication to the mission and perseverance in the face of adversity serve as a shining example within ILSC every day.
The ILSC heartily congratulates one of its own, Ms. Chenelle Covin, for having earned the Women of Color STEM – Technical Innovation in Government Award. Her organization is extremely proud of her and the commitment to the mission that she demonstrates day in and day out.