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NRL's Paul Charles gets Gravely award for STEM education and diversity

Washington, DC – Paul Charles, a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) research chemist, has been honored for his work promoting science and technology to minority youth.

Charles was recognized during the 2011 Naval STEM Forum held in Alexandria, VA this past June. The forum gathered more than 600 leaders in academia, business and the government to collaborate on ways to address U.S. students' declining interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, the Navy's chief of naval research, noted that the STEM forum was the perfect platform to salute Charles.

"Paul Charles has played a critical role in increasing the visibility of minority scientists and encouraging minority students to pursue careers in STEM," said Carr, who presented Charles with the 2011 Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr award. "We are recognizing his leadership of NRL's summer internship program for students from underrepresented communities. He is a role model for fellow researchers and inner-city students."

Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr, for whom the award was named, was the first African American to command a U.S. Navy warship, an American warship under combat conditions and a major naval warship. He was also the first African American admiral, vice admiral and U.S. fleet commander. In 2009 the Navy christened an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in his name.

Accepting his award, Charles noted that "Gravely's efforts to promote diversity and STEM education and to expand the naval research science and technology workforce exemplified the type of leader he was. It's thrilling to know that I can continue his legacy and beliefs with the HBCU/MI program. I take pride in trying to provide the same opportunities to our youth so they, too, can follow in Gravely's footsteps one day and be a 'first.'"

Charles oversees the HBCU/Minority Institution/Tribal Colleges and Universities (HBCU/MI) component of NRL summer internship programs, including strategic planning, recruitment and budget activities. The program has provided training opportunities and role models for more than 200 students considering careers in STEM-related areas.

"As a nation," Charles says, "we have proved ourselves to be worldwide leaders in the science and technology fields; however, we must continue to strengthen our workforce by mentoring our youth. Brilliant ideas can resonate from all minds, regardless of race, color or gender, and by investing in our youth today we can remain as leaders in the exploratory science and advanced technological development that is essential for the future of the Navy and Marine Corps."


Techies on the Forbes list of 100 most powerful women

The Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women has been released, and the group includes a number of technical women.

Forbes selects candidates in six categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and politics. From those categories, each woman is ranked on three metrics: dollars, traditional and social media, and power base points.

Of women with technology connections who made the prestigious list, number six is Melinda Gates, cofounder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A computer scientist in her own right, Melinda Gates now focuses on the foundation named after her husband and herself. In the last year the organization gave $2.4 billion in global charitable contributions with an emphasis on immunizations.

Number twenty, Cher Wang, is cofounder and chair of Taiwan-based HTC. Wang has grown the company to be the maker of better than one out of every five smartphones.

Number forty-two, Marissa Mayer, is Google VP for local, maps and location services. As Google's first female engineer, Mayer has a long history with the search engine giant. She is currently at work on Google's maps, geolocation services and local advertising products.

Number eighty-two, Virginia Rometty, is SVP, group executive sales, marketing and strategy for IBM. As head of global sales, Rometty helped grow revenue to $100 billion. She has extensive global business experience and is one of the top female execs at IBM.


Three CIOs star on women insurance leaders list

Dallas, TXInsurance Networking News (INN) has released the results of its Women in Insurance Leadership (WIL) program, honoring female insurance execs who have made a significant impact on their businesses. Three of the top six honorees are CIOs of their companies.

Winners were formally recognized at the fourth annual WIL Forum, September 18-19 in National Harbor, MD. The event took place in conjunction with the Executive Edge conference of insurance industry executive group IASA.

This year's six WIL honorees are Shohreh Abedi, key account exec and CIO, Farmers Insurance Group; Janice M. Abraham, president and CEO, United Educators Insurance; Judith M. Davis, executive VP, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, BlueCross BlueShield of SC; Tricia M. Mac-kenchnie, SVP and CIO for consumer markets and enterprise operations technology, the Hartford; JoAnn Martin, president and CEO, Ameritas Holding Co; and Kathy Owen, CIO and SVP of Global Services, Unum.

Carrie Burns, INN editor and WIL project manager, notes that this is the sixth consecutive year that INN has recognized female leaders who positively affect their organizations' critical processes in the IT and/or business environments. "These women, from across the carrier, broker and agent communities, demonstrate the tenacity required for success and model the growing opportunities available to women in the insurance industry."

The honorees are featured in a special report published with INN's September/October 2011 issue. For more info see www.insurancenetworking com.


AT&T scientist Dr Mary Fernández gets HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM award

Dallas, TX – AT&T research scientist Mary Fernández, PhD, is a recipient of the 2011 outstanding technical achievement-industry award from Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Great Minds in STEM, the organization that focuses on educational awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Dr Fernández is executive director of distributed computing research at AT&T Labs, where she leads a research team focused on advancing design and development of complex distributed systems from cloud to mobile computing.

Ray Mellado, chair and CEO of Great Minds in STEM, noted that "Dr Fernández represents the best and brightest professionals in the technical world. In addition to her technical achievements, Dr Fernández also has an impressive record when it comes to giving her time to inspire future STEM professionals. Our organization is very proud to present the award to Dr Fernández."

Fernández holds BS and MS degrees in CS from Brown University (Providence, RI) and a PhD in CS from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). She is a leader in the nation's efforts to encourage minorities and women to pursue careers in science, and is chair of the board of MentorNet, (www.mentornet.net), the award-winning e-mentoring program for students in STEM fields.

"Mentoring became a passion for me because my mentor at AT&T Bell Labs supported me unfailingly throughout my PhD program," says Fernández. "I believe education is a gift that leads to wealth of knowledge, experience and opportunity, and we need to share our wealth with students so they, too, can enjoy the gifts of education."

Fernández has published more than forty articles on databases, programming languages and the Web. She is co-editor of several World-Wide Web Consortium (www.w3c.org) recommendations on XML technologies that have become industry standards.

She is also past secretary/treasurer of ACM SIGMOD, an international professional organization of database researchers, past associate editor of ACM's Transactions on Database Systems, and currently serves on the board of the Computing Research Association (www.cra.org).

For a listing of all the 2011 HENAAC award winners, check out www.greatmindsinstem.org.


President's Council announces commitment to increase internships

Washington, DC – The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, in partnership with the Business Council, Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and American Chemistry Council, has announced that almost fifty industry leaders have committed to double or significantly increase engineering internships available at their companies in 2012. Nearly all these companies actively seek diverse candidates for consideration as interns and co-ops.

The commitments are part of a greater Jobs Council effort to help address America's engineering shortage by graduating 10,000 more engineering students from U.S. colleges and universities each year. The commitments will add some 6,300 additional opportunities for hands-on technical job experience for engineering students.

"For America to stay competitive in the global market, we must train and retain the world's best engineers," says U.S. secretary of energy Steven Chu. "Working together, private industry and the public sector can position the U.S. to continue to lead in science and innovation in the 21st century, creating good jobs and laying the foundation for a robust economy."

Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini added that "Looking forward, this nation is at risk of a significant shortfall of qualified experts in science and math to meet the country's needs. These added internships will inspire and encourage our next generation of engineers.

"It's a private sector commitment working arm in arm with the government to accelerate the specialized skills needed for America to retain its technological preeminence."

Co-chaired by Intel's Otellini and Permac Industries CEO and president Darlene Miller, the Jobs Council's High Tech Education working group has made this issue a critical priority. The engineering gap, they believe, threatens the U.S. role as the world's leading innovator and hinders its ability to create jobs and compete in a global economy.

From 1990 to 2010, overall college graduation levels in the U.S. have grown about 50 percent, but the number of engineering graduates has stagnated at around 120,000. By contrast, about a million engineers a year graduate from universities in India and China. This disparity hinders U.S. global competitiveness and threatens its ability to both retain and create high-tech, good-paying domestic jobs.

Among companies committing to double their internship opportunities in 2012 are Alcoa, American Express, AT&T, Bayer AG, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Broadcom Corp, Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, ConAgraFoods, Dell, Duke Energy, DuPont, Eaton, Facebook, Fluor Corp, General Electric, Intel Corp, JPMorgan Chase, Kawasaki Motors Corp (US), Lubrizol Corp, Mastercard, McKesson Corp, MeadWestvaco, Nalco Co, Spectra Energy Corp, Sprint Nextel, Sungard, Sunoco Inc, Symantec, TE Connectivity, LTD, Tektronix, Textron, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Xerox Corp.

Other companies committing to increase their internship opportunities in 2012 include Bechtel Corp, Chevron Corp, Johnson and Johnson Inc and Texas Instruments.

More companies are expected to join the effort in the coming months.


C&L Group LLC forms joint venture to create Veterans Sourcing Group

New York, NY – C&L Group, LLC announces formation of a joint-venture company with Pensacola Florida Trading Company, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOB). The new company, Veterans Sourcing Group, LLC, a SDVOB-designated firm, is located in C&L Group's rural sourcing center in Reading, PA. It will focus on locating and developing U.S.-based outsourcing projects to be staffed by expanding its Reading, PA domestic outsourcing center.

Veterans Sourcing Group will combine the talents of C&L Group pros with the veteran experience of its joint-venture partner to provide training, coaching, guidance and placement services to help vets locate and succeed in high tech jobs. A long-term goal is to become a leading SDVOB in the IT domestic outsourcing business.

"As our military heroes complete their assignments in service of our country, we want to be sure they have good jobs in a great industry when they come back," comments Sam Champi of the Veterans Sourcing Group. "We are looking to partner with corporate clients, many of whom currently outsource IT jobs offshore but are now looking to bring work back to the U.S. through the rural sourcing and domestic outsourcing initiative," comments Daniel Liebman, partner and founder of C&L Group.


HENAAC names 23rd annual top STEM professional award winners

Los Angeles, CA – Great Minds in STEM has announced the 23rd annual HENAAC Award winners in science, technology, engineering and math. The winners were honored at the HENAAC Conference in Orlando, FL early in October.

For twenty-three years HENAAC has recognized the achievements of America's best and brightest engineers and scientists in the Hispanic community. The honorees are chosen by the HENAAC selection committee made up of representatives from industry, government, military and academic institutions.

The selection committee met in Lake Buena Vista, FL on July 15. It was co-chaired by Dr Marwan A. Simaan, dean, Florida 21st Century chair and distinguished professor of the college of engineering and computer science at the University of Central Florida (UCF); and Dr Amir Mirmiran, PE, dean and professor of the college of engineering and computing at Florida International University (FIU). UCF and FIU were academic co-hosts for the 2011 conference.

The winners were honored at two recognition events during the conference: the HENAAC awards show and the HENAAC awards luncheon. A separate series of awards for military technical professionals was also presented at the conference.

Among the award winners were:

Engineer of the year: Rear Admiral Patrick H. Brady, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR), U.S. Navy

Executive excellence: Antonio Galindez, president and CEO, Dow AgroSciences; J. Frank Armijo, VP, energy solutions IS and global solutions, and president, mission support alliance, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Outstanding technical achievement – academia: Enrique J. Lavernia, PhD, dean, college of engineering, University of California-Davis.

Outstanding technical achievement – industry: Julio A. Navarro, PhD, Boeing technical Fellow, the Boeing Company; Maria (Mary) F. Fernández, PhD, executive director, distributed computing research, AT&T Labs.

Outstanding technical achievement – government: Luz Marina Calle, PhD, technical lead and principal investigator, corrosion technology lab, materials testing and corrosion control branch, materials science division, engineering directorate, NASA Kennedy Space Center.

Dr Albert Baez Award: Gustavo Roig, PhD, professor, electrical and computer engineering department, Florida International University.

Pioneer Award: Jaime Braverman, program manager, R&D, global nonwovens, Kimberly Clark Corp.

Lifetime Achievement: Fernando Guarin, PhD, IEEE Fellow, senior engineer/scientist, semiconductor R&D center, IBM Microelectronics and Engineering, IBM.

Chairman's award: Ivan R. Diaz, director of parks development and integration, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts design and engineering, the Walt Disney Company.

Professional achievement – government: Joseph M. Acaba, NASA astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center; Diana I. Centeno-Gomez, research aerospace engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center.

Professional achievement – industry: Rudy Duran, test program manager, Boeing military aircraft and 787, Boeing test and evaluation, the Boeing Company; Noe (Roddy) E. Rodriguez II, manager, EO/IR and space engineering and management programs management, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Civil engineering distinction: José Guadalupe Argüello, PhD, principal member of tech staff, Sandia National Laboratories; Guillermo A. Riveros, PhD, PE, research and development center, information technology laboratory, computational science and engineering division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Most promising engineer or scientist – graduate degree (doctoral): Vanessa Aponte, PhD, systems engineer senior, Orion crew exploration vehicle, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Serena Maria Auñón, MD, PhD, NASA astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center

Most promising engineer or scientist – graduate degree (masters): Alejandro R. Diaz, systems engineer 4, commercial crew development program, the Boeing Company; Jimmy Lozano, dual gradient drilling engineer, Chevron North America exploration and production – deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Chevron.

Most promising engineer or scientist – undergraduate degree: Guadalupe O. Delgado, Jr, manufacturing engineer, Northrop Grumman aerospace systems, Northrop Grumman Corp; Johan M. Vicioso, B-B1 lead automated test stations engineer, 410th supply chain management squadron, 638th supply chain management group, 448th supply chain management wing, Robbins Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force.

Education: Luis C. Rabelo, PhD, associate professor, department of industrial engineering and management systems, University of Central Florida.

Information technology: Anel C. Suarez, senior software engineer, information and global solutions, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Santiago Rodriguez diversity award: Natalie V. Saiz, director, human resources office, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Community service: Rodolfo (Rudy) Loera, manager, program integration, Navy unmanned combat air system, Northrop Grumman aerospace systems, Northrop Grumman Corp.



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