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D/C editor receives diversity leadership award
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.

Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) professional association selected Kate Colborn, editor in chief of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine, to receive 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 her magazine. Serving as the editor-in-chief, she has almost single-handedly raised awareness of the different colors, ages, sexes, ethnicities and nationalities of professions that were once thought of as bastions only for white males.

"One of the most powerful ways to promote diversity is through heightened awareness of minorities and women in our profession. The power of role models is very, very real. They change people's lives.

"Kate Colborn has changed more lives than we may ever know by telling the stories and showing the faces of minorities and women in our profession in her magazine."

WTS-LA is the largest chapter of the more than 4,000 member WTS International. The chapter's nearly 500 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.


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day kicks off a year of activities
Alexandria, VA - This February 23 marked the sixth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Tens of thousands of women engineers around the world, with support from their male colleagues, began a year of reaching out to girls with hands-on mentoring activities.

They include a global virtual marathon for, by and about women in engineering (March 23 at www.eweek.org), and 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 entered the international arena with outreach to girls in Canada, Columbia, 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.


CPST releases salary study
Washington, DC - In Salaries of Scientists, Engineers and Technicians: A Summary of Salary Surveys, CPST reports that the wages of techies are growing faster than inflation. Gains were seen across all science and engineering fields. Although women overall earned only 80.9 percent of what men did in 2003, the percentage continues to rise.

The study is available on the CPST website, www.cpst.org.


SHPE awards 2006 national honors
Orlando, FL - At its 2006 national technical and career conference, SHPE 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 Concepción Jiménez-González, manager of sustainable technologies at GlaxoSmithKline.

For more information, see www.shpe.org.


Dr Dwight L. Williams honored by NSPE
Dr Dwight L. Williams

Dr Dwight L. Williams

Laurel, MD - Dwight L. Williams, PhD, PE, has been selected as the 2005 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 the People magazine "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.


BDPA launches Northern Virginia chapter
At the first NOVA BDPA chapter meeting last December: Back row, from left, Ron Evans, Al Bess, Craig Robles, Mike Bruce, Earl Pace (founder of BDPA), Dwight Handon, James White, Ron McKenzie, Melanie Wyche, Scott Price and Ron Stowe. Front row, from left, Debra Langenkamp, Rory Miott, Carol Hogard, Gary Simms and Lolita Hill.

At the first NOVA BDPA chapter meeting last December: Back row, from left, Ron Evans, Al Bess, Craig Robles, Mike Bruce, Earl Pace (founder of BDPA), Dwight Handon, James White, Ron McKenzie, Melanie Wyche, Scott Price and Ron Stowe. Front row, from left, Debra Langenkamp, Rory Miott, Carol Hogard, Gary Simms and Lolita Hill.

McLean, VA - In December 2005, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) launched an official Northern Virginia chapter. The chapter (www.bdpanova.org) is based at the Mc-Lean, VA, HQ of founding sponsor Freddie Mac.

"Northern Virginia is Tech Central, and we are delighted that BDPA has a home in this technology corridor," says BDPA national president Wayne Hicks. "A diverse range of IT pros will be able to tap into new resources and networking opportunities to help advance their careers."

Board members for the new chapter are president Dwight Handon, senior director at Freddie Mac; VP elect Mike Bruce, president and CEO, InScope Solutions; VP of finance Scott Price, executive director, Virginia High-Tech Partnership; VP of membership management Ron Stowe, senior manager, Freddie Mac; VP of member services Craig Robles, senior manager, Freddie Mac; and VP of strategy planning Gary Simms, senior manager, Freddie Mac.


SWE presents 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 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, Seattle, WA.

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

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 on www.swe.org


Linda Gooden named BEOY
Baltimore, MD - PhD Linda Gooden 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.


Otak promotes Kay Van Sickel
Portland, OR - Planning, architecture, design and engineering firm Otak recently promoted transportation engineer Kay Van Sickel to senior associate. Van Sickel is based at the firm's Lake Oswego facility.


CCNY's Grove School of Engineering names its first Grove scholars
The 2005-2006 CCNY Andrew S. Grove scholars: from left, Thanhhanh Tran, ChE; Uzma Syed and Joel Gonzalez, computer engineering; and Ricardo Lantigua, EE. Not shown is Keith Gallardo, ME.

The 2005-2006 CCNY Andrew S. Grove scholars: from left, Thanhhanh Tran, ChE; Uzma Syed and Joel Gonzalez, computer engineering; and Ricardo Lantigua, EE. Not shown is Keith Gallardo, ME.

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 member of CCNY's class of 1960, established the scholarships, and has made donations to support several other major engineering initiatives at the school. Last year CCNY's school of engineering was renamed in his honor.


Dr Priscilla Nelson is new NJIT provost
Priscilla Nelson

Priscilla Nelson

Newark, NJ - Priscilla Nelson, PhD, civil engineer and natural-disaster specialist, became the new provost of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in May 2005. She was previously a senior exec at the National Science Foundation and a University of Texas professor.

Nelson earned a BS in geological sciences at the University of Rochester, NY. She also holds an MS in geology from Indiana University, an MSCE with a concentration in structural engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in CE with an emphasis on geotechnical engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).


Ellen M. Hancock receives C200 award
Ellen M. Hancock

Ellen M. Hancock

San Francisco, CA - Ellen M. Hancock has received a "technology innovator luminary" (TIL) award from the Committee of 200, an organization of top women business owners and corporate leaders. The TIL award is sponsored by Intel, and given to a businesswoman who has launched, changed or dramatically expanded a technology venture.

In her thirty-plus years in high tech, Hancock has held top positions at IBM, National Semiconductor and Apple Computer. Most recently she was CEO of Exodus Communications, where she was responsible for a fivefold increase of the company's revenue in a single year.

Hancock now serves on the boards of the American Electronics Association and several companies. She is a trustee of Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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