LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has announced the individual and corporate winners for the 2008 SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards. The annual awards recognize the year's highest level of achievement in Hispanic engineering and sciences in several different categories. All awards will be presented during the 2008 SHPE Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. from Nov. 12-16. The SHPE Conference is the largest Hispanic technical conference in the nation, with approximately 5,000 attendees expected. "SHPE is proud to spotlight each STAR award recipient, as they represent excellence in our field," said Diana Gomez, National President of SHPE. "Our organization strives to be the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, and is committed to increasing the pipeline of Hispanic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The individuals being honored are true examples to the next generation of students, engineers and technical talent." Each STAR recipient was nominated by corporate and government peers and colleagues and then considered by a selection committee of professionals, educators and community leaders. "Every nominee deserves recognition and selecting the top from a group of top candidates was a difficult task," noted one of the judges. The 2008 STAR award winners include:
-- Company of the Year: IBM, Armonk, N.Y. -- Corporate Achievement Award: Grace Lieblein, General Motors, Warren, Mich. -- Jaime Oaxaca Award: Jeet S. Bindra, Chevron, San Ramon, Calif. -- Junipero Serra Award: Wanda Ronquillo, IBM, Tucson, Ariz. -- Honorary Member Award: Neftali Ortiz, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas -- Educator of the Year in Higher Education: David Jauregui, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M. -- Educator of the Year in K-12: Clara Liz Velez, Hartford Public High School, Hartford, Conn. -- Hispanic in Technology Award/Corporate: Julio A. Navarro, Ph.D., The Boeing Company, Renton, Wash. -- Hispanic in Technology Award/Government: Carlos M. Godoy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, Middletown, R.I. -- Promising Engineer Award: Mairim Ramos-Lebron, Northrop Grumman-Undersea Systems, Annapolis, Md. -- Student Role Model Award: Miguel Guerra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Professional Role Model Award: Yamaris Soto, Northrop Grumman and SHPE Baltimore Chapter, Baltimore, Md. -- Academic Excellence and Leadership Awards: Maria Liliana Carrillo, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, Fla. Victor Lopez, Jersey Village High School, Houston, Texas 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