Riverside Research Receives 2014 ‘Employer of the Year’ Award from Wilberforce University

DAYTON, OH – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit scientific research company and accredited provider of intelligence education, was recognized with several awards at Wilberforce University’s Cooperative Education and Professional Services Employer Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, most notably, the 2014 “Employer of the Year” award.

Presented by the university’s Cooperative Education and Professional Services President Dr. Algeania Freeman, the Employer of the Year award recognizes exceptional corporate partners who have equipped Wilberforce students with the skills to meet the demands of a global economy through formal cooperative work placement and mentorship. Joel Rieman, Vice President for Programs, and Dr. Deanne Otto, Manager of Outreach, Education, & Training, accepted the award on behalf of Riverside Research.

Other awards given during the ceremony also recognized Riverside Research. Carmen Dyer, an intelligence analyst engineer supporting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and former Education with Industry (EWI) Fellow at Riverside Research, was awarded the “Special Recognition” Award. As an EWI Fellow and Wilberforce alumna, Dyer facilitated a collaboration between the company and the university to establish the new Advanced Technical Intelligence degree program. Her efforts were also instrumental in creating and launching an academic scholarship, funded by Riverside Research, for Wilberforce students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees.

Former Riverside Research interns and current Wilberforce students Christopher Adams and Malcolm Haraway also received awards during the event. Adams and Haraway each earned “Student of the Year” awards for their successful cooperative education experiences at Riverside Research. During his internship in the company’s Electromagnetics Laboratory, Adams contributed to independent research and development (IR&D) projects involving antennas and electromagnetic research. As an intern in the company’s Education & Training division, Haraway contributed to several projects that aim to advance the company’s STEM initiatives.

“It is an honor to be named Employer of the Year by Wilberforce,” said Dr. Deanne Otto. “Working alongside the university has enabled Riverside Research to contribute to the community in a meaningful way that not only benefits students through STEM education and professional experience, but also stimulates technical advancement that has the potential to contribute significantly to the efforts of WPAFB and the regional economy.”   

Photo (L to R): Christopher Adams, Carmen Dyer, Dr. Deanne Otto, Malcolm Haraway, and Dr. Edward Asikele, Wilberforce University's Dean of Research, Sponsored Programs, and External Academic Relations

About Wilberforce University
Wilberforce University is a small, private, coed, primarily residential, liberal arts university on 120 acres in Wilberforce, OH. Founded in 1856 and owned by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wilberforce is the nation's first private university to be owned and operated by African Americans. Its mission is to help students identify and prepare for their respective purposes in life as global citizens by imparting knowledge, instilling discipline, and inspiring lifelong learning through critical inquiry, personal and spiritual development, and practical application. Wilberforce offers 17 undergraduate majors, one graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling, and an Adult Degree completion program known as Credentials for Leadership in Management Business (CLIMB). In 2008, Wilberforce was recognized as the leading educator of African American Engineering Graduates in the state of Ohio.