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ITSM Forum honors black IT leaders
At the awards dinner, ITSMF leaders flank proud honoree Joseph Cleveland. From left, Doug Ash, Curvie Burton, Joseph Cleveland and Carl Williams. Dr Sandra Johnson, right, and her mom admire Johnson's Summit Heritage award.

At the awards dinner, ITSMF leaders flank proud honoree Joseph Cleveland. From left, Doug Ash, Curvie Burton, Joseph Cleveland and Carl Williams.

Dr Sandra Johnson, right, and her mom admire Johnson's Summit Heritage award.

Dallas, TX - The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) honored three black IT pros at the organization's second annual awards dinner in Cupertino, CA this February.

Joseph Cleveland, CIO of Lockheed Martin, received the Diamond Leadership award for his contributions to the advancement of the IT industry and support of diversity initiatives. Robert Perrin, president and CEO of Magellan Associates, received the Beacon award, which recognizes an IT entrepreneur whose firm shows significant growth. The Summit Heritage award went to Dr Sandra Johnson, CTO and senior tech staff member at IBM, for her contributions to the industry.

Johnson & Johnson was named corporate sponsor of the year and Procter and Gamble is organization of the year. Bank of America senior VP Stephanie Hill was honored as ITSMF member of the year. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.

For info on ITSMF membership, sponsorship or events contact executive director Viola Thompson at info@itsmfonline.org.


NACME announces its 2006 awards
New York, NY - NACME recently announced its award winners for 2006. The new AT&T; receives the corporate citizenship award. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr, chair emeritus and director of Bechtel, and the Bechtel family get the NACME founders' award. Linda Alvarado, president and CEO of W/MBE Alvarado Construction, gets the vision award. North Carolina A&T; State University and the University of Texas at El Paso are this year's university rising stars.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in New York City in October. They are sponsored by companies including AT&T;, BP, GE, Merck, 3M, Malcom Pirnie and Shell. For details, see www.nacme.org.


Dell gets DOL award for workplace diversity
At the awards ceremony, Elaine Chan, secretary of labor, left; Rosendo G. Parra, Dell SVP Americas; Thurmond Woodard, Dell VP of global diversity.

At the awards ceremony, Elaine Chan, secretary of labor, left; Rosendo G. Parra, Dell SVP Americas; Thurmond Woodard, Dell VP of global diversity.

Washington, DC - Dell has received the 2005 Secretary of Labor's opportunity award, the federal government's highest honor recognizing voluntary workplace diversity efforts among federal contractors.

"Diversity has long been a core element of Dell's values and corporate culture," says Thurmond B. Woodard, Dell's VP of global diversity. "From recruitment to valuing and rewarding our existing employees, Dell's commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment is a cornerstone of our global operations."

For more on this DOL annual award honoring a federal contractor, check out www.dol.gov/esa/ofccp/ofawards.htm.


Kids and rockets: NASA's annual launch event
Madison West High School students prepare their rocket for launch.

Madison West High School students prepare their rocket for launch.

Huntsville, AL - This May, eleven teams of high school students launched model rockets they designed and built over the past year as part of NASA's student launch initiative.

Each team designs, builds and tests its rocket, prepares a scientific payload to ride on board, posts a website of its work and presents a formal project review to a panel of NASA engineers.

This year, teams from Wisconsin and Virginia brought home special achievement awards for best presentation, best payload, best website and highest altitude reached by a rocket. First time competitor Madison West High School (Madison, WI) won the trophy for best payload design.

"When we started, the thought of giving presentations to NASA was really intimidating," says Jacinth Sohi, a junior member of the school's rocket team. "But the NASA engineers we worked with over the course of the year were very supportive and made us feel comfortable about what we were building."

The event was sponsored by NASA's Marshall Center, the Huntsville office of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Aerojet (Sacramento, CA).

For more on the student launch, hit http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/docs/127.htm


Future City competition seeks mentors
Washington, DC - The National Engineers Week Future City competition seeks volunteer engineers from every field to act as mentors this fall and winter. Participating techies across the nation will help introduce local middle school students to engineering.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Future City national director Carol Rieg at CRieg@futurecity.org, call her at (877)636-9578 or visit www.futurecity.org.


SHPE team's "boiler-up" scores in inefficiency
The SHPE team celebrates as its boiler-up device completes an inefficient run.

The SHPE team celebrates as its boiler-up device completes an inefficient run.

West Lafayette, IN - Engineers prize efficiency above all things, right? Wrong, at least in the Rube Goldberg inefficiency competition. This annual event, sponsored by the likes of General Electric, Motorola, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Fellowes, lauds light-hearted techie students for figuring out the least efficient but most ingenious way to get things done.

In March, teams from SHPE, SWE, NSBE, Purdue University SPE and more participated in the twenty-third annual regional face-off at Purdue University. The competition pays homage to cartoonist Rube Goldberg who specialized in devising whimsical machines using highly complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. The event rewards inefficiency, sure, but also complex thinking and creativity.

This year's challenge was designing a machine to shred five sheets of typing paper in a minimum of twenty steps. The winning Purdue SPE team worked out a 215-step process that included an alarm clock, pool balls, a tank of water, musical notes and a fire-breathing dragon. The SPE team went on to take its fourth consecutive first place in the national finals.

No slouches in creative inefficiency, the team from the Purdue chapter of SHPE took second with its "boiler-up" device. Purdue's NSBE team also turned in a delightfully complex entry.


NASA's thirteenth Great Moonbuggy Race
Pittsburg State's winning moonbuggy powers through the rocket park at NASA HQ.

Pittsburg State's winning moonbuggy powers through the rocket park at NASA HQ.

Huntsville, AL - A team from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) won NASA's 2006 Great Moonbuggy Race. The Kansas team beat teams from schools across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, piloting and pedaling its rover over the simulated moonscape course in under four minutes.

The team from the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) was second. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao tied for third.

The award for best engineering design in the college division went to the team from Middle Tennessee State University, which also won for most unique design. Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH) earned the pit crew award for overcoming hardware problems during the race. The most improved award was won by the University of Tennessee team and the safety system award went to Tennessee Technological University.

In the high school division, a team from the Huntsville Center for Technology (Huntsville, AL) was named champion, outracing seventeen other teams with a winning time just over four minutes.

The event honors work done by NASA's original lunar rover engineers, and tries to present students with some of the same challenges those original pioneers faced. Organizers hope the exciting hands-on experience inspires many of the participating students to pursue careers in math, science and engineering.


Catalyst presents awards for 2006
New York, NY - Catalyst awards for 2006 honored BP, Chubb and Safeway for initiatives addressing recruitment, development and advancement of women.

The awards conference took place in March, with some 500 attendees joining winners and issue experts for a day of interactive sessions and networking, all sponsored by General Motors.

In the evening Catalyst held its thirty-first annual awards dinner. Attendees included reps from nearly 200 companies and more than seventy CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, professional services firms and non-profit organizations.

Catalyst President Ilene H. Lang notes that "If diversity and inclusion are expected by the CEO, mandated in corporate strategy and practiced each and every day, they happen."

Catalyst recently announced that DuPont chair and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr will be the new chair of the Catalyst board, succeeding Thomas J. Engibous, chair of Texas Instruments, who will continue on the board.


Black Family Technology Awareness Week goes worldwide
Kids and mentor explore the Genographic Project as part of tech awareness week.

Kids and mentor explore the Genographic Project as part of tech awareness week.

Armonk, NY - The seventh annual Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW) was held in February. Events took place in U.S. cities from Raleigh-Durham, NC to Aurora, CO and in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Toronto, Canada.

During the kickoff event at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, FL, IBM inventors and Disney Imagineers introduced more than 150 Florida students to hands-on technology games and activities. The kids got to collaborate with students in Toronto, Canada, jointly programming a robot via Web conference.

Check out www.blackfamilynet.net to learn more about BFTAW.


Cisco stages job shadow day
On National Job Shadow Day, a group of students tours a Cisco lab.

On National Job Shadow Day, a group of students tours a Cisco lab.

San Jose, CA - On National Job Shadow Day, several hundred students participated in events on Cisco and Cisco Networking Academy campuses in Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, San Jose, CA and Raleigh, NC. Junior Achievement and the U.S. Department of Education sponsor job shadow day, with events across the country to help young people learn about career opportunities in IT.

Following a panel discussion, the students toured Cisco labs and facilities and had one-on-one sessions with IT pros. The San Jose event also offered a women's leadership breakout session where Cisco women in IT partnered with girls attending the event.

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, the U.S. economy is expected to add 1.5 million computer and IT related jobs by 2012, while the country may have only half that many qualified graduates.

This is the fifth year that the Cisco Networking Academy has coordinated the firm's participation. The academy works to bridge gender and diversity gaps in the IT industry and to encourage students to pursue IT careers.


Engineers Week Foundation honors young engineers
Lora Freeman T. Hernandez Roger Chang Mario Duarte

Lora Freeman.

T. Hernandez.

Roger Chang.

Mario Duarte.

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

These are some of this year's new faces. For info on all the nominations, 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).


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.


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.


UCLA dean joins NAE
Vijay K. Dhir.

Vijay K. Dhir.

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

Academy 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.


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.

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