SHPE Names Top STEM Contributors

Industry, Calif. — Sept. 11

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced the recipients of this year’s STAR Awards, recognizing key contributors in the Hispanic community in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).

The STEM Awards are presented annually by SHPE, recognizing individuals and corporations for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanic students and professionals pursuing STEM careers. The STEM Awards offers several categories ranging from college students to professionals and public and private corporations.

The 2012 recipients of the 2012 STAR Awards will be recognized Nov. 14-18 at this year’s SHPE National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This year’s winners are:
• Community Service Award — Jose Manuel Melendez Jr., Huntington Ingalls Industries
• Company of the Year — Intel Corp.
• Corporate Achievement — Arturo Rosales, The Boeing Co.
• Diversity Award — Chontel Trujillo, IBM
• Government Agency of Year — NAVSEA
• Hispanic in Technology Award, Corporate — Napoleon Pinos, Northrop Grumman
• Hispanic in Technology Award, Government — Iris C. Vazquez-Ayala, NAVEODTECHDIV
• Innovator Award — Leonardo Estevez, Texas Instruments
• Jaime Oaxaca — Dora Maria Abreu, Credit Suisse
• Junipero Sera Award — Denise Munoz, Exelon Corp.
• Manager of the Year — Milton Martinez, Naval Space & Warfare
• Professional Role Model — Jairo Munoz, Rockwell Collins
• Promising Engineer Award — Juan A. (Tony) Castilleja, The Boeing Co.
• SHPE Star of Tomorrow — Claudio Javier Munoz Torres, Kimberly Clark Corp.
• Star of Today Award – Carlos L. Enllanche, Chevron
• Student Role Model, Graduate — Daniel M. Lind, Clemson University
• Student Role Model, undergrad — Gilberto Chaidez Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Young Investigator Award — Cesar I. Torres, Arizona State University

“We are pleased to award these exceptional individuals and corporations,” said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO. “It is my pleasure to recognize these individuals and companies for their commitment to the Hispanic community, ensuring that our next generation Hispanic leaders are prepared to pursue careers in the STEM fields.”

Source: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers