Two employees at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg are set to
be recognized by Women of Color magazine at its 14th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference. Cynthia Banks, a research biologist in the Environmental Laboratory, will receive a Special Recognition award, and Victoria Moore, a computer scientist in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, will receive the Technology Rising Star award.
Banks, whose award honors professionals who have made significant achievements in an engineering, science or technology field, began her career at ERDC in 1995. She holds a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in hazardous materials management from Jackson State University and has authored several publications, including a book chapter. She is a past recipient of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, awarded for her assistance in the establishment of a cooperative research and development agreement with Tennessee State University.
Moore has been an ERDC employee for seven years and serves as a member of the project delivery team for the Geo-Environmental Tactical Sensor Simulation Army Technology Objective (ATO) program. She also serves as an applications team leader for developing explosive threat representations, and is the software engineering lead for the Department of Defense Institute for Maneuverability Terrain and Physics Simulation. Moore, a Port Gibson native, earned a dual bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science from Alcorn State University in 2001, where she was selected Who’s Who Among Students, and received a master’s in computer science with an emphasis in software engineering in 2005 from Mississippi State University. She is a past recipient of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for her contributions to the Hurricane Katrina Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce and has authored multiple publications.
Both women will be recognized for their achievements during an Oct. 30 ceremony in Dallas, Texas.