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Spotlight on Commerce

The Spotlight on Commerce series highlights members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Guest blog post by Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office I am a supervisory patent examiner at the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in electrochemistry technology, specifically solar cells, thermoelectrics, fuel cells, and batteries. I support 15 patent examiners and provide assistance so they can get their patent...

Spotlight on Commerce: Lisa Larsen, Civil Engineer, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Lisa Larsen, Civil Engineer, U.S. Economic Development Administration I am a Civil Engineer and work for the Commerce Department's U.S. Economic Development Administration. I oversee and manage a multitude of projects related to the construction of public infrastructure in communities that are economically distressed. The work we do includes upgrading water/sewer lines...

Spotlight on Commerce: Diane Farrell, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, International Trade Administration (ITA)

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As Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, I manage the daily operations of the International Trade Administration, comprised of 2,200 colleagues: 200 plus based in Washington, D.C., more than 100 located in offices across the United States, and the remaining located in 70 offices around the world. If there is one thing I have experienced throughout my professional life, an open...

Spotlight on Commerce: Julianne Kingery, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Julianne Kingery, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Economic Development Administration My name is Julianne Kingery and I am an Economic Development Specialist at the Commerce Department's U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Denver Regional Office. Our office covers a ten-state region that includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North...

Spotlight on Commerce: Gema Howell, Computer Scientist and IT Security Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Guest blog post by Gema Howell, Computer Scientist and IT Security Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I am a computer scientist and IT security engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. I work within the Applied Cybersecurity Division of NIST’s Information Technology Lab. I spend part of of my time at NIST’s Gaithersburg campus and part of...

Spotlight on Commerce: Gabriela Morales, Senior Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA)

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Guest blog post by Gabriela Morales, Senior Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA) I am excited to have the opportunity to be featured during Women’s History Month. I am a Senior Business Development Specialist at the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency. My job is to ensure minority-owned firms have adequate skills, tools...

Spotlight on Commerce: Cindy Edwards, Area Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Cindy Edwards, Area Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration I am an Area Director in the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Denver Regional Office. I oversee several EDA grant programs in Denver’s ten state region. EDA provides grants and technical assistance to economically distressed and disaster impacted communities to help create jobs and sustain...

Spotlight on Commerce: Rachel Wolbers, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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Guest blog by Rachel Wolbers, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) I am honored to participate in the Department of Commerce’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Women have a unique power to face down challenges and bring people together. My mom, a trailblazing female executive, instilled in my sister and me a do-it-yourself...

Spotlight on Commerce: Steven Hall, Electronics Specialist, National Reconditioning Center, National Weather Service

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Guest blog post by Steven Hall, Electronics Specialist, National Reconditioning Center, National Weather Service I am an Electronics Specialist at the National Reconditioning Center of NOAA’s National Weather Service in Grandview, Missouri. My responsibilities include conducting acceptance inspections, tests, and evaluations on Automated Surface Observation Systems such as the Radiosonde Tracking...

Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Guest blog post by Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where my family, neighbors, and close friends were scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and teachers, I was surrounded by professionals. My parents were very active in community organizations that helped encourage teens in local high schools to enter...