Wednesday, 26 September, 2007 9:22 PM
The Society of Hispanic Professional
Engineers Honors Excellence in Engineering with Star Awards
Motors, Ford Motor Company Top List of Winners
– 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
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.
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.
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