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 SHPE. 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 http://www.shpe.org.
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers