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

The STAR Awards are presented annually by SHPE, recognizing individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanics through STEM careers.

The STAR Awards offers several honored categories representing exceptional college students to industry professionals and public and private corporations.

The recipients of the 2014 STAR Awards will be recognized at this year’s SHPE Conference, November 5–9 in Detroit, Michigan at the COBO Convention Center.

SHPE is pleased to announce this year’s 18 outstanding STAR Award winners in each of our honorable categories.

  • Community Service – Art Felix, Northrop Grumman
  • Corporate Achievement – Edwin Antonio Rivera, Delphi Powertrain Systems
  • Diversity – Keila Martinez-Camacho, IBM
  • Educator of the Year, K-12 – Melissa Villegas-Drake, Pan American Charter School
  • Educator of the Year, Higher Education – Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, University of California, Riverside
  • Hispanic in Technology, Corporate – Cesar Ovalles, Chevron Corporation
  • Hispanic in Technology, Government – Robert Hernandez, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division
  • Innovator Award – Moises A. Carreon, Colorado School of Mines
  • Jaime Oaxaca Award – Dr. Emir Macari, California Smart Grid Center
  • Junipero Sera Award – Steven A. Singh, PECO, and Exelon Company
  • Manager of the Year – Noe Rodriguez II, Northrop Grumman
  • Professional Role Model – James Narey, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Promising Engineer – Carla Sayan, Raytheon
  • SHPE Star of Today – Stephanie M. Martin, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • SHPE Star of Tomorrow – Elvis Silva, Boeing
  • Student Role Model, Graduate – Andrea Sanchez, University of South Florida
  • Student Role Model, Undergrad – Luis Lopez, Florida State University
  • Young Investigator Award – Elishiah J. Miller, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

“The recipients of this year’s STAR Awards are truly outstanding and have made a significant contribution to Hispanics and STEM in the past year,” said Barry Cordero, SHPE President and Interim CEO. “I am honored to recognize these key individuals for their continued support and commitment to the Hispanic community, but most importantly, for paving the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.”


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