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At the podium in LA, D/C editor in chief Kate Colborn accepts her award.

At the podium in LA, D/C editor in chief Kate Colborn accepts her award.

WTS-LA gives Diversity/Careers editor 2006 diversity leadership award
Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) professional association has selected Kate Colborn, editor in chief of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine, as the recipient of its 2006 diversity leadership award. The award was presented at the organization's January meeting.

The award recognized the effectiveness of the magazine's editorial content in providing role models for members of the diverse technical workforce.

Colborn was introduced by Gloria Dixon, VP of diversity and economic opportunity for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Dixon is a long-time diversity advocate who co-chaired the WTS national diversity committee for several years. "The purpose of this award is to highlight the tireless efforts of someone who toils, often in anonymity, to make a difference in people's lives," Dixon said.

"Kate Colborn is the brain, pen and heart behind the magazine called Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology. Serving as the editor in chief, Colborn has almost single-handedly raised awareness of the different colors, ages, sexes, ethnicities and nationalities of a profession that was once thought of as a bastion only for white males. The power of role models is very, very real."

WTS-LA is the largest chapter of the 4,000+ -member WTS International. Its 480 members include engineers and others who work in the public and private transportation sectors, plus legislators and students of transportation engineering and planning. WTS was founded in 1977 to help women advance in the transportation industry.


NASA Postdoctoral Program accepting applications
Oak Ridge, TN - A new NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) is now accepting applications for research projects at NASA centers across the U.S. Fellowships are available for both recent PhDs and established researchers with experience in academia, government or industry. NASA hopes to attract applicants with a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds.

Research opportunities cover a variety of areas, from acoustics to x-ray technology. Projects are funded for one year, with possible renewals up to two additional years. Applicants who received PhDs within the last five years apply as postdoctoral Fellows; those with more experience and established careers are senior Fellows. Applications are accepted via the program website. The next application deadline is May 15, with additional 2006 deadlines on August 1 and November 1. The first round of awards is scheduled to be made May 1.

NASA has funded postdoctoral researchers for the last fifty years under the resident research associateship program of the National Research Council, but NPP is its first independent postdoc program.

NPP is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Information and application materials are at nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.


Dr Carol B. Muller

Dr Carol B. Muller

News from MentorNet: award and expansion
San Jose, CA - Dr Carol B. Muller, founder and CEO of MentorNet, received an excellence in education award from the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW) foundation at its fifth annual "excellence in education" luncheon in October. The award was presented by Megan Seely, executive director of CA NOW.

The award recognizes Muller's creation of MentorNet, an organization that provides e-mail mentoring to women and other underrepresented undergrad and grad students in science, technology, engineering and math.

"I am tremendously honored by this recognition," says Muller. "It's a tribute to the thousands of volunteers who have joined MentorNet to serve as mentors. They encourage the future technical workforce by nurturing the dreams and aspirations of the next generation of scientists and engineers."

MentorNet's one-on-one mentoring programs are now open to all underrepresented college students in technical fields. In the past most of the 15,000 one-on-one pairs have involved women studying engineering and related sciences. Now MentorNet is expanding its outreach activities to focus on all those underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SWE and NSBE members are encouraged by their societies to participate.

SWE members can access the MentorNet website through the SWE website at www.swe.org/mentornet, others at www.mentornet.net.


Vijay K. Dhir

Vijay K. Dhir

UCLA engineering dean elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Los Angeles, CA - Vijay K. Dhir, dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his work on boiling heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety.

NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. UCLA Engineering now has twenty-two faculty members, including Dhir, in the academy.

Dhir has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1974, and leads the boiling heat transfer lab, which conducts pioneering work in fundamental and applied research in phase change heat transfer.

Dhir, who was born in India, got his bachelor of science degree from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, and his master of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. He came to the United States in 1969 to continue his studies in mechanical engineering, and received his PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1972.


Lora Freeman T. Hernandez Roger Chang Mario Duarte

Lora Freeman

T. Hernandez

Roger Chang

Mario Duarte

EWeek Foundation honors young engineers
Alexandria, VA - Every year the National Engineers Week Foundation recognizes young engineers who demonstrate outstanding abilities. Nominees are submitted through engineering societies by corporations, universities and independent engineering professionals.

These are some of this year's new faces. For info on all the awards check out www.eweek.org.

Roger Chang, ME, Arup (London, UK).

Tatiana X. Hernandez, water resources engineer, Tetra Tech (Pasadena, CA).

Mario Duarte, IE, Houston Airport System (Houston, TX).

Lora B. Freeman, CE, Parsons Brinckerhoff (New York, NY).

Vanessa Koutroupas, principal engineer, General Dynamics AIS (Bloomington, MN).

Yazhou (Joel) Liu, senior power conversion SE, Thales Group (Neuilly-sur-Seine, Cedex, France).

Reena Singhal, senior component design engineer, Intel Corp (Santa Clara, CA).

Jennifer Sutherland, operations manager, Vista Technologies, LLC (Vadnais Heights, MN).

Dr Jennifer L. Wilcox, assistant professor of chemical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA).


A teacher tries a hands-on experiment.

A teacher tries a hands-on experiment.

SACNAS conference attracts 2,200
Denver, CO - The 2005 national conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), "Science for America's future," attracted more than 2,200 attendees. They included 100 K-12 educators, nearly 300 exhibitors from universities and federal agencies, and 1,100 graduate and undergrad students, 547 of them presenting scientific research.

Scientific symposia, professional development sessions, undergrad and graduate scientific presentations, and K-12 science education workshops were featured at the conference, along with Latino and Native American music and dance performances, cultural gatherings and community networking.

Dr Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Dr Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, were among the featured speakers.

The 2006 SACNAS national conference will be held in Tampa, FL October 26-29. For more information visit www.sacnas.org.


Purdue University launches MBA/engineering masters program
West Lafayette, IN - The Krannert School of Management and College of Engineering at Purdue University have joined forces to offer a five-year program that gives students both an engineering masters and an MBA. The program is open to students in ME or IE. It is scheduled to enroll the first students in the fall of 2006.

"We perceived a need to provide a breadth of experience in both engineering and management leadership. We see this as one of the trends in engineering education, providing more opportunities for students to combine engineering with other work disciplines," says Leah Jamieson, associate dean of engineering at Purdue.

Purdue reports that 7.8 percent of the students in its graduate engineering program are minorities. Purdue MBA graduates have found jobs at HP, Intel, Ford, GM, United Technologies, IBM and similar corporations.

For more information contact the university.


ConstructMyFuture scholarships awarded
Milwaukee, WI - ConstructMyFuture.com has named the winners of its three student scholarships for 2005. The scholarships are given in support of construction-focused higher education. The scholarship program is open to students and construction industry professionals. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

The 2005 winners were Adam Albright, who studies heavy construction equipment technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA); Ethel Chan, a student in construction engineering technology at NJIT (Newark, NJ); and Drew Thelen, who studies construction management at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI). The 2006 winners will be announced this summer. The application deadline for 2007 scholarships is early February.

ConstructMyFuture.com provides students, teachers, counselors and parents with Internet-based resources highlighting the availability and advantages of careers in the construction industry.

For information see www.construct myfuture.com/stu-scholarships.html.


Richard Tapia: "unusually supportive of my programs and ideas."

Richard Tapia: "unusually supportive of my programs and ideas."

Tapia receives highest Rice U honor
Houston, TX - Richard Tapia of Rice University has been named "university professor," the school's highest academic title. Tapia is just the sixth person, and the first mathematician, to receive this honor in the ninety-four-year history of the school.

Tapia, an award-winning mathematician, joined the Rice faculty in 1970. He helped found the department of computational and applied math.

He is the first Hispanic named to the National Science Board, and the first Hispanic elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. He is also a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Tapia is currently Rice's associate director of graduate studies and director of the center for excellence and equity in education, and is involved in other graduate education programs.

"Rice University has provided an excellent environment for me to pursue my dreams and objectives," Tapia says. "The administration has been unusually supportive of my programs and ideas.

"I am deeply honored by this recognition. It validates the activities that I believe in and represent."


Grove Scholars Thanhhanh Tran, Uzma Syed, Joel Gonzalez and Ricardo Lantigua.

Grove Scholars Thanhhanh Tran, Uzma Syed, Joel Gonzalez and Ricardo Lantigua.

CCNY's Grove School of Engineering names scholars
New York, NY - Shown above are four of the five outstanding students who received the first Andrew S. Grove Scholarships at the newly named Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY, New York, NY).

Dr Grove, co-founder and former chair of Intel Corp and a member of CCNY's class of 1960, established the scholarships, and has made donations to support several other engineering initiatives at the school. Last year CCNY's school of engineering was renamed in his honor.


CH2M Hill supports WTS scholarships
Los Angeles, CA - WTS Colorado member and CH2M Hill transportation business group president Michael D. Kennedy has donated $100,000 from the CH2M Hill Foundation to the WTS National Scholarship Endowment Fund. This money will help WTS provide scholarships for young women to become transportation professionals.

WTS, formerly the Women's Transportation Seminar, is a networking and professional development organization that promotes careers for women, including women engineers, in the transportation industry.


Dr Dwight L. Williams of NSPE and DoD.

Dr Dwight L. Williams of NSPE and DoD.

Dr Dwight L. Williams honored by NSPE
Laurel, MD - Dwight L. Williams, PhD, PE has been selected as young engineer of the year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The award recognizes an engineer of thirty-five or younger who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession and to society. Dr Williams is the first African American to receive the honor.

As chief engineer and principal nuclear physicist at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Williams oversees all nuclear, biological and chemical analysis within the Pentagon's tech apps division. Before his work at DoD he trained scientists in gamma-ray spectroscopy to prepare for service with the United Nations.

If Williams' face seems familiar, it's no surprise. He has modeled professionally for years, appearing in print and TV ads. In 2003 NSPE nominated him for People magazine's "sexiest engineer in the U.S." award.

Williams is president of NSPE's Potomac/Maryland region. He volunteers at his church, speaks to students and mentors at mdyoungengineer@nspe.org.


SHPE gives 2006 national honors
Orlando, FL - At its 2006 national technical and career conference, SHPE chapters competed for a number of awards. Here are the chapter winners:

Academic Olympiad: Cornell U, Boise State U, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Design Competition: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Website competition: U of Southern California, Arizona State U, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

SHPE also presented awards recognizing members' professional achievements. The organization's highest award is the Jamie Oaxaca award. The 2006 recipient was Serafin Fernandez, project manager in the construction management division of Harris and Associates (Concord, CA).

Other awards and winners include:
Junipero Serra award: Rick Flores, algorithm development process leader, General Motors.

Hispanic in technology award, government: Leticia Soto, naval officer in the civilian engineer corps, U.S. Navy.

Hispanic in technology award, corporate: Moises Cases, distinguished engineer, IBM.

Professional role model award: Dr Concepci�n Jim�nez-Gonz�lez, manager sustainable technologies, GlaxoSmithKline.

For more information see www.shpe.org.


SWE presents 2005 awards
Chicago, IL - At its 2005 national conference SWE presented a number of awards to women engineers. Bonnie Dunbar, PhD, NAE, PE received SWE's highest honor, the Achievement Award, for her contributions which range from ceramic tiles for the U.S. Space Shuttle to biomedical research. Dunbar was recently named president and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.

Other award winners were:
Resnik Challenger award: Karen P Scott, PhD, senior engineering specialist and optical scientist at the Aerospace Corporation.

Upward mobility award: Mary D. Petryszyn, VP and site executive of the joint battlespace integration business for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

Distinguished engineering educator award: Deborah J Fisher, PhD, PE, associate professor, department of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

SWE entrepreneur award: Marsha Anderson Bomar, founder and president of Street Smarts.

Work life balance award: Marie Wieck, VP, WebSphere Platform, IBM.

For a complete list of award winners click to www.swe.org.


Linda Gooden named Black Engineer of the Year
Baltimore, MD - Linda Gooden, PhD was named Black Engineer of the Year at the 2006 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in February. Gooden is president of Lockheed Martin Information Technology, one of the fastest-growing business units of defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Other winners include:
Pioneer award: Reginald Van Lee, senior VP, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Entrepreneur: Dr Marvin P. Carroll, president and CEO, Tec-Masters, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement-Affirmative Action: Ted Childs, VP, global workforce diversity, IBM.

For a complete list of winners go to blackengineeroftheyear.org.


Girl Day kicks off a year of activities
Alexandria, VA - On the sixth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, February 23, women engineers around the world, with support from their male colleagues, began a year of reaching out to girls. The year of activities includes publication of a new book, Women Engineers: Extraordinary Stories of How They Changed Our World, from the Extraordinary Women Engineers project.

Last year Girl Day went international with outreach to girls in Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. Educational materials from the "ZOOM into Engineering" program have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Russian and Portuguese.

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