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

Aug 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
     "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
     The 2007 STAR award winners include:
     --  Company of the Year:
         General Motors Corporation, Detroit
     --  Corporate Achievement Award:
         Monica G. Varriale, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Roswell, Ga.
     --  Jaime Oaxaca Award
         Christella J. Chavez, Visteon/Ford Motor Company, Nashville
     --  Junipero Serra Award
         Carla Traci Preston, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.
     --  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

SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers