COVES Fellow Profile

Dreon Wheatley-Owens

  • M.S., Computer Science
  • Virginia State University
  • Office of the Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources

“I am appreciative of the exposure I gained through the fellowship program and for the opportunity to interact with a range of state agencies.”

Summer Responsibilities: Dreon collected information from state agencies to create trackable metrics reflecting their implementation of Executive Order 17, which mandates that Virginia executive agencies implement recycling policies. As part of his work, he identified ways for them to comply more efficiently with the order.

Background: At Virginia State University, Dreon is currently working on his thesis in which he looks into frustration detection. His research consists of exploring the reasons behind the difficulty in learning programming concepts and the application thereof. Outside of academia, Dreon will be starting a full-time position as a Systems Engineer in the fall.


  • M.S., Computer Science, Virginia State University
  • B.S. Computer Science, Bloomfield College