Donya Dugan, owner of the newly opened STEM Education Center in Lake Ridge, VA received the Women of Color in STEM, Technology All Star Award in October 2021.

Donya received one of industry’s most important honors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference — Digital Twin Experience (DTX).

WOC DTX 2021—a Multicultural Event—was held October 7-9. This year’s theme, “Reset to Rise: It’s A New Day!” reflects the global push to overcome the challenges of 2020 and move forward.

For more than two decades, awards presented at this leading conference have served the dual purpose of showcasing outstanding achievements in STEM and highlighting the significant barriers for women in the workforce. Recognition is more critical than ever as women’s representation among the STEM occupational clusters has not changed markedly since 2016. Women made up a quarter or fewer of workers in computing and engineering in 2019. 

Donya opened Stemtree of Lake Ridge in October 2020 as part of her military retirement plan to hone her passion for STEM and provide STEM Education to her family and community. Stemtree’s motto is “We make STEM fun!” They offer Science, Coding, Robotics, EE and Math programs and curriculum to K-12 Students. Stemtree programs are tailored and customizable with varying levels of complexity from beginner to advanced.  They are currently enrolling for Before and After-School Enrichment Programs, Seasonal Camps, Tutoring, Exam Prep, and Special Events.

Donya’s success with Stemtree is in addition to numerous other achievements in the the field. This, along with her passion and commitment to the community, earned her the prestigious title of “Technology All-Star”. Donya was selected because she is among an extraordinary group of forward-thinking people in STEM.