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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Names 2014’s Top STEM Contributors

Industry, Calif., – Sept. 3, 2014 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 Serra 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.”


    SHPE Conference 2014

    The SHPE Conference is the largest annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation bringing together more than 6,000 professionals, educators, students and corporations from throughout the U.S. for technical and professional development workshops, design contests, technical competitions, engineering challenges, network opportunities and Career Expo. Pre-register online and learn about travel and hotel discounts. More information, including early conference registration rates effective through September 30, 2014, can be found by visiting the SHPE Conference website at


    About SHPE

    The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers offers a network of more than 400 chapters nationally. SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming and resources including hosting the largest annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation.  For more information, visit




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