SHPE recognized its 2018 SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Award recipients during the Excellence in STEM Luncheon on Friday, November 9, and STAR Awards Gala on Saturday, November 10. The prestigious awards honor outstanding professionals for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to grow and advance Hispanics in STEM careers. STAR Awards also recognize a company and government agency for demonstrating significant, measurable, and visible assistance to further SHPE’s programs. The award categories and winners from 2018 are:
2018 Winner: Joseph F. Gonzalez, PhD, The Boeing Company
Honors an engineer who is recognized by his or her peers for outstanding technical accomplishments.
JAIME OAXACA AWARD
2018 Winner: Wanda T. Ronquillo, IBM
The highest national award presented by SHPE to a SHPE member, this prestigious award recognizes the honoree’s selfless and outstanding contributions in the fields of engineering and science to the Hispanic community over an extended period of time. The recipient symbolizes, as does the namesake Jaime Oaxaca, the ideal role model for today’s youth by providing a consistent, living example that “Si Se Puede.”
JUNIPERO SERRA AWARD
2018 Winner: Salome Hector, Lockheed Martin
This esteemed award is presented by SHPE to an individual who has provided unique and outstanding contributions in the fields of engineering and science, including management, administration and education. Junipero Serra Award recipients demonstrate a similar pioneering spirit, tireless enthusiasm, and consistent commitment over time through innovative accomplishments that lead to the advancement of engineering and science.
RUBÉN HINOJOSA STEM CHAMPION AWARD
2018 Winner: Diana Natilicio, PhD
Honors community and philanthropic leaders with a proven legacy of passionately supporting Hispanics in STEM. They are Champions for STEM initiatives within the Hispanic Community. Named for Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, co-founder of Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology Week (HESTEC) and a longtime champion of Hispanics in STEM, this award honors those who have influenced significant positive change for Hispanics in the STEM community.
GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR
2018 Winner: US Marines
Presented annually to an agency demonstrating support (financial or otherwise) to SHPE’s educational programs. Selection is based on the following criteria: dedication and commitment to the advancement of SHPE’s growth and development; demonstrated partnerships with public schools that have a high Hispanic enrollment; and significant, measurable, and visible assistance to help SHPE meet its goals of enhancing the education of Hispanic students and positively influencing them to become tomorrow’s science and technology leaders.
COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD
2018 Winner: Lockheed Martin
Recognizes outstanding support (financial or otherwise) to SHPE and its programs. The company selection is based on the following criteria: significant, measurable, and visible assistance to help SHPE meet its goals; promotion of the achievements of Hispanic employees; dedication and commitment to the advancement of the Society’s growth and development; and demonstrated partnerships with public schools that have a high Hispanic enrollment.
CORPORATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2018 Winner: Mario A. Bolanos, Intel Corporation
Presented to an individual with project, budget, and departmental responsibilities who has made significant accomplishments in the scientific, technical, or engineering arena within a corporation. A corporate executive with five or more years of experience in a technically based department, the nominee must have achieved great success within his or her organization and gained the respect of peers through outstanding technical expertise.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
2018 Winner: Claire Hayhow, The Proctor & Gamble Company
Presented to a recipient whose accomplishments and extraordinary efforts consistently demonstrate a sincere commitment to the goals of SHPE and the Hispanic community.
PROFESSIONAL ROLE MODEL
2018 Winner: Emmanuel Rivera, John Deere
Presented to an outstanding SHPE professional member who has provided selfless and outstanding contributions to his or her SHPE professional chapter and the Hispanic community.
STUDENT ROLE MODELS/UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE
2018 Winners: Maritza Sanchez, University of California San Diego (Graduate)
Jose Luis Estrada, University of California San Diego (Undergraduate)
Presented to an active SHPE student member who has provided selfless and outstanding contributions to their SHPE student chapter and the Hispanic community, while at the same time, maintaining academic excellence.
HISPANICS IN TECHNOLOGY — GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE
2018 Winners: Alejandro Diaz, The Boeing Company (Corporate)
Dr. Olga Mendoza-Schrock, US Air Force Research Laboratory (Government)
Two awards presented to Hispanic engineers or scientists who have made outstanding impacts to their field through a single significant contribution or through the leadership of a major technical project.
SHPE STAR OF TODAY
2018 Winner: Josef J Correia, General Motors
Honors a mid-level engineer, with six to fifteen years of experience, who has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence resulting in significant accomplishments.
SHPE STAR OF TOMORROW
2018 Winner: Enoch Chambe, Chevron
Honors an engineer, with three to seven years of experience, who has demonstrated outstanding technical performance and is recognized by his or her peers and superiors.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD
2018 Winner: Angela Nieto, John Deere
Honors a manager, with five or more years of experience, who is recognized for professional excellence in leading an engineering team or group.
2018 Winner: Jose G. Santiesteban, ExxonMobil
Honors a scientist or engineer with innovative contributions to the fields of science and engineering, who actively creates new paths in science research and technology, with the central goal of inventing breakthroughs and opening doors for others.
2018 Winner: Adrian Cottin, Northrop Grumman
Presented to a recipient who strives to ensure Hispanic advancement in job promotions, business development and community activities within an organization. The honoree supports and leads diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace and champions diversity in the community.
EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR
2018 Winner: Andres Tovar, Indiana University
Recognizes the exemplary contributions made by administrators and faculty to improve the learning environment for Hispanic students in K-12 and higher education. Awards are presented at the K-12 level and college/university level.
YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD
2018 Winner: Markita Landry, University of California Berkley
Recognizes the exemplary contributions made by a young scientist or engineer, who has contributed in outstanding and innovative ways, to the progress of research in any field of science and engineering. The nominee shall be 36 years of age or younger prior to November 1, 2018.
CHAPTER ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
2018 Winner: Maria Larrondo-Petrie, Florida Atlantic University
The nominee must have a proven record of commitment and support to SHPE’s Mission & Vision along with diligent support for the success and development of his or her chapter and its members.
SHPE CHAPTER AWARDS
National SHPE Chapter Awards are based on the 2017-2018 National Reporting Program (NRP) reports submitted by student and professional chapters. Each chapter is required to submit two chapter reports summarizing its yearly activities and assessing its progress toward achieving SHPE’s mission and goals. Based on these reports, the National Affairs Committee (NAC) awards the “Chapter of the Year” title to 3 professional chapters and 3 student chapters, in categories of small, medium, and large.