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Wednesday, 26 September, 2007 9:22 PM

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Honors Excellence in Engineering with Star Awards

General Motors, Ford Motor Company Top List of Winners

LOS ANGELES – The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has announced the individual and corporate winners for the 2007 SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards. The annual awards recognize the year’s highest level of achievement in Hispanic engineering in several different categories.

All awards will be presented at the 2007 SHPE Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 31-Nov. 4. The SHPE Conference is the largest Hispanic technical conference in the nation.

“On behalf of SHPE, I would like to extend my congratulations to all of our STAR Award winners and thank them for the excellence they bring to the engineering field and to the Hispanic community. As the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, SHPE is committed to increasing the pipeline of Hispanic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is so rewarding to honor outstanding Hispanic achievement in these disciplines each year,” said Diana Gomez, National President of SHPE.

General Motors will be honored with the Company of the Year Award, which is presented annually to a company or agency demonstrating outstanding support to SHPE and its programs. Detroit-based General Motors has been an active supporter of SHPE since 1998, serving as an Industrial Partnership Council member, donating vehicles for raffles and participating in SHPE mentoring programs. General Motors supports the Hispanic community beyond SHPE as well with educational outreach initiatives and internal programs for Hispanic employees.

Carla Traci Preston of Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., will receive the Junipero Serra Award for her outstanding contributions to the fields of engineering and science, including management, administration and education. A proven leader and dedicated volunteer, Preston is the Manager of NA Business Operations and Planning in Product Development at Ford Motor Company and Director of External Relations for the SHPE Detroit professional chapter. She not only dedicates a significant portion of her week to community service, she also has recruited several Ford colleagues to make an even bigger impact in her community.

The other 2007 STAR award winners include:

· Corporate Achievement Award:
Monica G. Varriale, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Roswell, Ga.

· Jaime Oaxaca Award
Christella J. Chavez, Visteon/Ford Motor Company, Nashville

· Honorary Member Award
Romeo R. Perez, ExxonMobil, Houston
Sylvia Trujillo, American Medical Association, Washington, D.C.

· Educator of the Year in Higher Education:
Dr. Juan Hinestroza, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

· Educator of the Year in K-12:
Denise Captain, Skyline High School, Dallas

· Hispanic in Technology Award/Corporate:
Alfred J. Griffin, Jr., Ph.D., Texas Instruments, Dallas

· Hispanic in Technology Award/Government:
Lt. Cmdr. Ivan Meneses, PE of the U.S. Navy, Miami

· Promising Engineer Award:
Erik M. Gutierrez, The Boeing Company, Hazelwood, Mo.

· Student Role Model Award:
George Kousaraos-Brands, Northeastern University, Boston

· Professional Role Model Award:
Dina Requena, IBM and the SHPE North Carolina Professional Chapter, Raleigh, N.C.

 

SHPE, Inc. is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America’s position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. SHPE provides its membership of students and professionals with increased educational opportunities, professional and personal growth, and involvement in education, business and government issues. For more information, please visit www.shpe.org.

Source: Sunwest Communications, Inc.

 

 

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