An energetic round of applause to General Electric’s senior vice president and digital chief technology officer, Colin Parris, MS ’98. He is the recipient of the 2023 Black Engineer of the Year Award for his contributions to digital transformation across multiple industries.
Parris isn’t the only one whose work is being noticed. The Writers Guild of America West has given Yvette Lee Bowser, ’87, its top honor: the 2023 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Bowser became the first Black female TV show creator with the 1993 airing of her groundbreaking sitcom Living Single; to date, she is credited with producing more than 600 hours of TV.
And if we’re talking about alums flying high, we must mention Barbara Radding Morgan, ’73, who was recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Morgan taught in public schools for 24 years before becoming an astronaut, traveling 5.3 million miles in space in 2007 during a two-week NASA mission to help construct the International Space Station. Among her fellow inductees was Nobel Prize-winning physicist and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, a Stanford professor of physics and of molecular and cellular physiology.