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Dornesia Ward
IT Specialist B.S., Computer Science ('08)
Dornesia Ward

Dornesia Ward

Dornesia Ward (‘08) credits ASU with igniting her passion to pursue a career in technology.

As an IT specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Washington, D.C., Ward works in the Corporate Information Directorate, Capital Planning and Investment Management Division. Her responsibilities include policy and budget justification, cross/executive functional assessments and reporting on USACE’s major IT investments.

Recently recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards, Ward was honored as a 2012 BEYA STEM Modern Day Technology Leader.

While her career keeps her schedule full, Ward still finds time to give back to her community. She is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and also has sponsored a child through Children International. She currently is a mentor with Higher Achievement, an academic after school program for middle school youth in at-risk communities.

The Birmingham native came to ASU in 2004 at age 16. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, and she earned a master’s degree in information systems management from Walden University in 2011.

Some of Ward’s fondest ASU memories include campus mixers, step shows, athletic events and other social activities, where she met classmates who would become her lifelong friends.

“All of my fondest memories are the times when I was able to take a break from the school work and enjoy the campus, student activities and my friends, interacting with people from different walks of life, different states, some who became lifelong friends and others who I will never forget,” Ward said.

Although she graduated before having the opportunity to experience firsthand the transformation that has occurred on ASU’s campus, Ward says that she is proud of the University’s growth.

“It is great to see the direction in which ASU is headed,” Ward said. “I know a lot of alumni wish we were there now to experience the growth and change and how nice the campus looks, but I’m sure we are all just excited to see our old home, our alma mater, headed in such a positive direction.”

Ward was a member of several organizations as an ASU student, including Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honorary Society, Student Orientation Services, Elite Models, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the HBCU-UP STEM Program, and the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program.

She said the opportunities she was afforded at ASU helped propel her to where she is today.

"ASU provided me with internship opportunities and research opportunities through the HBCU-UP STEM Program and the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program," said Ward. "I was able to obtain experience that not only proved valuable for my resume, but valuable in helping me get in the intern program that led me to where I am today."

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