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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren systems safety engineer Tiffany Owens was honored by the Richmond Style Weekly magazine as one of “Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40” for her volunteer work with science, technology, engineering and math outreach.

“It was a great honor to be recognized,” Owens said in a U.S. Navy news release. “STEM outreach is something that I’m very passionate about and enjoy doing. I think back to the mentors I had on my path to becoming an engineer, and that is what inspires me to do the work. They helped me see engineering as an interesting, fun, achievable career path, and I hope to provide the same level of exposure and excitement to a future generation of scientists and engineers.”

Owens volunteers with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League, FIRST Robotics Competition, National Society of Black Engineers and Richmond Science Fair.

Owens has served as past chairwoman and member of the Virginia State University’s College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee and volunteers with the Richmond Technical Center.

She works on several U.S. Marine Corps unmanned ground system programs.

“As a safety engineer, I identify potential hazards within the system and engineer mitigation strategies for implementation and verification,” Owens said.

At NSWC Dahlgren, Owens has been involved with her division’s special events committee, which is responsible for identifying, organizing and implementing events to improve morale, team building and cultural enrichment. Within the Systems Safety Engineering Safety Division of her department, Owens has organized the division’s United Way King George Day of Caring team for the past three years, coordinated the department’s Christmas outreach and led the division’s Bring Your Child to Work Day activity.