SOURCE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

September 11, 2012 18:23 ET

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Names 2012's Top STEM Contributors

INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 11, 2012) - 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, math and engineering (STEM).

The honorable STEM Awards are presented annually by SHPE, recognizing individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanic students and professionals pursuing STEM careers. The STEM Awards offers several honored categories representing exceptional college students to industry professionals and public and private corporations.

The 2012 recipients of the 2012 STAR Awards will be recognized at this year's SHPE National Conference (, November 14-18, in Fort Worth, Texas at the Forth Worth Convention Center. SHPE is pleased to announce this year's outstanding STAR Award winners in each of our honorable categories.

  • Community Service Award - Jose Manuel Melendez Jr., Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Company of the Year - Intel Corporation
  • Corporate Achievement - Arturo Rosales, The Boeing Company
  • Diversity Award - Chontel Trujillo, IBM
  • Government Agency of Year - NAVSEA
  • Hispanic in Technology Award, Corporate - Napoleon Pinos, Northrop Grumman
  • Hispanic in Technology Award, Government - Iris C. Vazquez-Ayala, NAVEODTECHDIV
  • Innovator Award - Leonardo Estevez, Texas Instruments
  • Jaime Oaxaca - Dora Maria Abreu, Credit Suisse
  • Junipero Sera Award - Denise Munoz, Exelon Corporation
  • Manager of the Year - Milton Martinez, Naval Space & Warfare (SPAWAR)
  • Professional Role Model - Jairo Munoz, Rockwell Collins
  • Promising Engineer Award - Juan A. (Tony) Castilleja, The Boeing Company
  • SHPE Star of Tomorrow - Claudio Javier Munoz Torres, Kimberly Clark Corporation
  • Star of Today Award - Carlos L. Enllanche, Chevron
  • Student Role Model, Graduate - Daniel M. Lind, Clemson University
  • Student Role Model, undergrad - Gilberto Chaidez Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Young Investigator Award - César I. Torres, Arizona State University

"We are pleased to award these exceptional individuals and corporations," said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO. "It is my pleasure to recognize these individuals and companies for their commitment to the Hispanic community, ensuring that our next generation Hispanic leaders are prepared to pursue careers in the STEM fields."

For more information regarding the individual award categories, please visit

SHPE 2012 National Conference
The SHPE National Conference is the largest annual technical 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 attractive early bird conference registration rates effective through September 30, 2012, can be found by visiting the SHPE National Conference website at

About SHPE
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of processional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, the company'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 technical conference it the nation. For more information, visit

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