BPM SCHOLAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Updated by BPM Vice President, Rod Carter
Robert Watkins III
Robert Watkins is a 2001 BPM Scholar. He is an attorney in San Francisco offices of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman LLA. Robert specializes in patent litigation. Some of his clients include Apple Inc., General Electric Company, Fiser Inc. and Northern Trust Company.
Robert is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and a 2005 Yale graduate where he majored in Electrical Engineering and philosophy.
Dr. Darrell Gray
Dr. Darrell Gray is a 1998 BPM Baltimore Polytechnic graduate and a 2013 Morehouse College graduate. He attended Howard University to complete his medical studies. His training has taken him to Ghana and Kenya to serve the underprivileged during the residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Gray’s expertise has enabled him to become a Gastroenterology Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the past two years. Presently, Dr. Gray is at Harvard University teaching as a Fellow for the Morgan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.
Fagan Harris is an organizer, social entrepreneur, and social scientist committed to social justice and passionate about igniting the potential of Millennials through service. From Baltimore, Maryland, Fagan is a graduate of public school and believes everyone should have equal access to a transformative education. Fagan attended Stanford University–a first in his high school’s history–where he earned degrees in Political Science and American Studies, Honors in Education, and was awarded the University’s highest undergraduate honor, the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for exceptional and distinctive contributions.
After college, Fagan worked at College Track where he administered a national scholarship program, supported the organization’s efforts in post-secondary education, and served as secretary to the board and chief of staff. Fagan is currently a Fellow at the Emerson Collective and a Director of the Aspen Institute Impact Careers Initiative. At the Emerson Collective, Fagan staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions and directs outreach for a national immigration campaign.
Previously, Fagan served as deputy director of the groundbreaking NAACP-HRC initiative advocating for marriage equality in Maryland where it was legalized by popular referendum in 2012. Fagan studied international human rights in Ireland as a Senator George J. Mitchell Scholar and holds a Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Jonathan Burke, a 2008 graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts and a 2012 graduate from Ithaca College, is a professional musical theatre performing living in New York City. He has performed in the national tours of the Broadway musicals, Cats, A Christmas Story: The Musical, and Mary Poppins. He also performed Off-Broadway in the world premiere musical, Langston in Harlem, and at the Apollo Theatre with Savion Glover in the musical revue, Jazz A La Carte. Jonathan has also performed as a dancer with Liza Minnelli on the 2011 TV Land Awards and can be seen in a commercial for Joe’s Crab Shack.
Thomas Artis has spent the past three years as a youth development professional at Covenant House Washington (CHW). He serves as Media Specialist for CHW’s Prevention Services After-school and Summer Programs, and produces workshops and curricula to engage youth in the process of media production. So far his youth have produced two documentary and short film projects on culture and entertainment. With funding from Covenant House Washington, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) and the DC Department of Health and Human Services, his programs actively seek to change the way people look at the field of youth work. Artis continues the cycle of hope by devoting himself to programs that provide opportunities for black youth to do and explore.
Kwami Williams is a 2008 BPM Scholar. He is a 2012 graduate of The Massachusetts School of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering with a Concentration in Global Development. Kwami is a 2008 graduate of Woodlawn High of Woodlawn, Maryland. He is the Co-founder of Moringa Connect. The company is located in Ghana, West Africa. The company is developing the production of the Moringa oil from organic seeds that are cultivated by smallholder farmers in Ghana for the cosmetic markets in the United States. Kwami leads the R&D and implementation of the Moringa seed processing technologies. Kwami is an upcoming global leader. He has had internships in as a researcher in Haifa, Israel at the Distributed Space Systems Lab at the Technion University, NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the NASA Robotics Academy at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This past year, Kwami received an award from BEYA as a Student Leader.
Leland Shelton 1st Year Harvard Law Student
BPM 2009 Leland Shelton is a Baltimore City College graduate. He was named the 2013 Morehouse Man of the Year. At this past May commencement, the speaker President Obama gave him special recognition regarding his tenacity regarding overcoming many obstacles. Leland will be attending Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Fall.
Native to Baltimore City, Derek graduated from the Baltimore City College in 2012 and then attended Georgetown University in Washington DC to study Business and Sociology. He have developed a strong interest in public health and HIV research as a result of three years researching HIV/STD transmission in Baltimore City with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During his junior year at Georgetown he studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and volunteered at the Brooklyn Chest TB Clinic as a nursing assistant for infants and small children with HIV and tuberculosis. As a Fulbright Fellow, Derek has recently completed a year-long research project studying HIV risk factors among men who have sex with men in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently Derekam studying Preventive Medicine and health behavior as a doctoral student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Roderick “Ricky” Howard, II
Since his induction into Black Professional Men, Inc. in 2006, Roderick M. Howard, II graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County- Class of 2010- with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting (Summa Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications Studies (Cum Laude). Currently, he is pursuing his Masters of Science degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, with expected completion in the fall of 2013. Roderick is also employed at the Maryland Historical Society as a Museum Instructor & Tour Guide for educational programs, and as a member of the Maryland Historical Society Players, a historical interpretive theatrical group that performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. During the summer of 2013, Roderick served as a Marketing Associate at the Maryland Historical Society and contributed to the development of MdHS’s “Stitching History: Re-Creating the Star-Spangled Banner” project, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the original Star-Spangled Banner flag and document.
Isaac Richardson, Industrial Engineer
This past 2011 summer I had the oppurtunity to participate in the Boeing intern program in Seattle, WA. I was able to apply the different teachings from industrial engineering that I’m learning at Morgan State University in the Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) lean office. There were two main projects that I was assigned to, and other smaller tasks to completed during the same time. The first project was completing a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) on our current Spares warehouse stocking of parts. The second project, in which I was the project lead, applied Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) to improve our current conversion process for the 747 BCF. The knowledge and experiences that I have gained from this internship are invaluable and will help in my development in becoming a great engineer. -Isaac Richardson Morgan State University Sr.: Material Science
Jonathan McCoy, Theologian
Jonathan McCoy, a BPM Scholar in 2005, is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina A&T University School of Engineering. He was the 2009 Valedictorian at his graduation. Presently, Jonathan is enrolled in a seminary for theological studies in the Los Angeles, California area. Read Jonathan’s letter on the importance of mentoring.
This past summer, Miles obtained an internship with the physics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His focus was studying Gamma Ray Bursts. His team reported observations of these events throughout the summer. Miles also had the privilege of spending a week in Green Bank, WV in the ERIRA program. This program focused on giving young astronomers an opportunity to work with experienced professionals while experimenting with radio telescopes. His group worked with the radio telescopes to determine the shape of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Jhustin Paschall, Student Intern
Congratulations to BPM Scholar, Jamien Palmer!
Jamien graduated from Coppin State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science on May 23, 2010. Jamien is one of our original mentees. He enrolled in the BPM Mentoring Program in 1993 when he was a 6th grader at Lombard Middle School in Baltimore. Despite the many obstacles and challenges he had to overcome, Jamien remained focused on his goal of earning a college degree. Jamien is the father of two children and has worked for many years at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is now seeking opportunities in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields.
It was a great internship that provided me with a challenging technical project and other beneficial assignments. In addition, I had to communicate my results to senior level employees. Also, I was given the chance to see different company sites and functions. With an overall understanding of the company, I felt a purpose in helping to achieve General Motor’s vision. -Ellwood Lane Howard University Jr.: Electrical Engineering
BPM Scholar graduates giving back to society:
Jeremiah Cross (Harvard grad and Poly grad) Tavon McGhee (Glenville State and Poly grad) and Reginald Benbow (The University of Virginia and Parkville High) are teachers in the Baltimore School System..Cross and Benbow are Teach America teachers