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HENAAC award winners honored at twenty-fifth anniversary conference

New Orleans, LA – Great Minds in STEM showcased the achievements of America’s best and brightest engineers and scientists within the Hispanic community at the twenty-fifth annual HENAAC conference, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The conference was held at the beginning of October.

Chris Hernandez of global security company Northrop Grumman Corp (Falls Church, VA) was honored as the Engineer of the Year. Hernandez was honored for meeting the demands of today’s rapidly advancing technology and dynamic economic environment, and mastering the art of managing multi-skilled teams to solve complex technical and business problems.

Hernandez is the vice president of advanced systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He is responsible for future programs like the next generation of air dominance fighters, advanced weapons and future cargo and transport systems. Previously he was vice president of engineering and programs supporting aircraft programs including Global Hawk, Fire Scout, B-2, F/A-18, F-35, E-2 and Joint STARS. He has also served as chief technology officer for Aerospace Systems.

He earned a BSEE from California State University-Long Beach and a masters in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Fellows program. Hernandez is on the board of directors of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation and is active with the Boy Scouts of America.

Ivette Nunez, a systems engineer at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding division, received a professional achievement award, which honors science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals with ten to nineteen years of experience who have made significant contributions in their fields.

“Ivette’s strong industrial engineering background, approach to resolving issues, and attention to detail align well with our responsibilities in manufacturing engineering,” said Gaylene McHale, Ingalls’ program support and control director. “I congratulate her on this award, which honors her tremendous efforts on our production engineering team.”

Nunez has been with Ingalls since 2005. She holds a bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Central Marta Abreu de las Villas in Cuba and is currently pursuing a second bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Orleans.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (Pascagoula, MS) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe.

Santiago Carlos Grijalva of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) was honored with the 2013 outstanding technical achievement award. Grijalva is the director of the power systems engineering center at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). He is responsible for establishing and directing NREL’s grid research portfolio at the $135 million user facility.

NREL director Dan Arvizu says Grijalva was selected for the important post at ESIF because “he has a vision that is rare and innovative, and that melds ideally with our focus on energy integration here at NREL.” As utilities and vendors from around the nation and the world come to ESIF to develop their new technologies, Grijalva, Arvizu says, “will be the overseer of the big picture: how to create a smarter grid that can move renewables and fossil-fuel-based energy seamlessly on and off the electric network.”

Grijalva received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University (Quito, Ecuador) in 1994. He has a 1997 masters certificate in information systems from the Army Polytechnic School (Sangolqui, Ecuador), and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) in 2009 as associate professor of electrical and computing engineering. He mentors graduate students from Georgia Tech and from his alma mater in Ecuador.

“As much or more than anyone I know, Dr Grijalva combines technological brilliance with a commitment to raising the bar for STEM education,” Arvizu said.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

Additional 2013 HENAAC award winners were honored at the HENAAC awards show and the HENAAC awards and luminary luncheon. Among them were George A. Salazar, chief engineer at the human interface systems branch of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and Daniel H. Lopez, president of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Lopez received the Vanguard award. Salazar was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Each honoree was peer-reviewed and selected by a committee of representatives from industry, government, military and academic institutions. Dr Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University (New Orleans), and Dr Steven Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences at the University of New Orleans, co-chaired the committee. Tulane University and the University of New Orleans were the lead academic hosts of the conference.

The 2013 HENAAC Luminary Honorees class of seventeen role models represented a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math professional fields. The recognition honored their efforts leading, collaborating and initiating key programs and research within their respective corporate, government and military organizations.

Luminaries representing military organizations were honored during the Salute to STEM Military & Civilian Heroes reception at the National WWII Museum. Six military and civilian heroes were recognized at the reception.

Host sponsors for the event were Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The conference included a career fair, seminars and other activities.

For more information on the conference, visit www.greatmindsinstem.org. The 2018 Great Minds in STEM HENAAC awards conference will take place October 2-4 in New Orleans.

First woman assumes command of SSC Atlantic

Charleston, SC – In August, Captain Amy D. Burin became the first woman to assume command of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic.

Burin succeeds Captain Mark Glover, who is now the major program manager for the communications and GPS navigation program office in San Diego, CA.

Burin began her military career in 1984 as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Naval Reserve while attending the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor College of Engineering. She graduated in 1987 with a BS in engineering science bioengineering and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in 1988.

She began her officer career as a graduate of the ocean systems officer course and is an experienced integrated undersea surveillance system (IUSS) officer with subspecialties in intelligence and antisubmarine warfare.

In 1996, she earned a masters in astronautical engineering space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA). Burin was twice selected as a Naval astronaut candidate in the NASA astronaut candidate program.

After tours in Baghdad, Iraq as the director of information technology for the Department of State’s project and contracting office, and in Bahrain as the deputy assistant chief of staff for communications and information systems and deputy director of communications, she became the deputy director of Navy space in the information dominance directorate, part of the office of the chief of naval operations in Washington, DC (OPNAV).

Burin is a recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service medal, and Meritorious Service medal. She was awarded the national reconnaissance office director’s Circle Award for exceptional dedication to duty and the National Reconnaissance Office silver medal for excellence in leadership and performance.

New name, new online volunteer center for National Engineers Week Foundation

Washington, DC – National Engineers Week Foundation, the center for Engineers Week, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and a wide portfolio of programs supporting volunteers in engineering outreach, is now DiscoverE.

The name reflects the organization’s evolution from sponsoring one signature program, Engineers Week, to broadening its slate and its collaborative model. It will take an increasingly proactive role in addressing national capacity and capability issues through a community of thousands of local volunteers.

In addition to the name change, a new online volunteer center supports the engineering and education communities. DiscoverE programs, online workshops and resources are now housed at one easy-to-use online destination: discovere.org.

“The new name and website are outcomes of the work by our terrific partners for many years,” says executive director Leslie Collins. “The name DiscoverE captures the potential, promise and possibilities of engineering. It perfectly articulates who we are today.”

The organization’s programs include the Future City Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Global Marathon By, For and About Women in Engineering and Technology, New Faces of Engineering Professional and College Editions, and the DiscoverE Educator Recognition awards.

DiscoverE’s tagline, “let’s make a difference,” showcases DiscoverE’s mission of celebrating and advancing the critical and often overlooked role engineers play in the country’s innovation economy. It’s a call to action to the community of volunteers and educators to nurture the next generation of engineers and technicians, Collins says.

Major funding for the new identification and volunteer center comes from longtime partner Bechtel Corp. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr was the first honorary chairman for Engineers Week and issued the first formal call to the engineering community to volunteer in classrooms under the name DiscoverE.

Women of Color STEM conference presents awards

Dallas, TX – The Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) conference recognizes and celebrates outstanding women in STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. The eighteenth annual conference was held in October.

Iris F. Bombelyn, vice president of narrowband communications and program manager of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite program (Sunnyvale, CA), was honored for career achievement. She was among forty-three employees of global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD) recognized during the conference.

“Iris is an outstanding example of a leader who understands the increasingly interdependent, diverse nature of our global economy, industry and workforce,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “Her strategic vision and cross-cultural leadership skills have guided her team to new levels of performance. Just as importantly, she demonstrates her strategic vision and values by mentoring the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders.”

Bombelyn leads a team of more than 300 employees who are delivering a satellite and ground system that will allow better communications for warfighters in the field to make smartphone-like mobile connections with digital data and voice.

Bombelyn has guided thousands of employees through cultural, economic and organizational change, mentored personnel on many levels, built strong, high-performing and innovative teams and executed multimillion-dollar programs for spacecraft and launch vehicles. Her technical and execution capabilities, as well as her ability to listen to the customer, have contributed to successful customer relationships. She speaks three languages, holds a black belt in jiu-jitsu and mentors college students.

Bombelyn received her BS in engineering from Washington State University (Pullman, WA). She earned her MBA with a focus on innovation and global leadership as a Sloan Fellow at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, MA).

Several Northrop Grumman Corp (Falls Church, VA) technical business leaders also received honors for their career achievements.

Among them was Camille D’Annunzio, manager of the automated sensor exploitation technology center in Northrop Grumman’s electronic systems sector, who was named the technologist of the year. Among her many achievements, she has received a U.S. patent and a Northrop Grumman invention disclosure, and has presented seventeen papers and thirty-six technical reports. She earned a BA in mathematics and chemistry from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and a doctorate in applied math from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Sonal Deshpande, vice president of Advanced Maritime and Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) Systems in the Northrop Grumman electronic systems sector, received special recognition for her leadership and problem-solving and technical skills. Deshpande has had executive-level responsibility for logistics, engineering and manufacturing, and currently oversees solutions focused on innovation, affordability and open architecture for the maritime sensors and IAMD markets. She is actively involved in STEM education activities with middle and high school students.

Deshpande earned a BSEE from the University of Maryland-College Park and her MSEE from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

Pamela Jones, software development analyst in the Northrop Grumman enterprise shared services sector, received special recognition for her professional achievements and contributions to STEM. She has been a web developer and project manager and currently leads software engineering. Jones has twice gone before Congress to promote the need for greater emphasis on initiatives that promote women and minorities in STEM, and was invited to write a congressional bill mandating STEM-related curriculum for all K-12 schools. Jones earned bachelors degrees in psychology and information systems management/ computer science from Johns Hopkins.

Nine women from Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, VA) were also among the award recipients. They were honored as technology all-stars or rising stars in recognition of their dedication and outstanding contributions.

Technology all-stars were Natalie Burton, lead associate; Jessenia Gonzalez, associate; Manette Delgado, associate; and Monica Hamilton, senior associate. Technology rising stars were Alrue Callands, associate; Christina Kang, associate; Angela Lewis, senior consultant; Kristen Logan, associate; and Carmen Woodley, associate.

Major conference sponsors included Aerotek, Boeing, Chrysler, General Dynamics, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Mitre, Northrop Grumman and Oracle. The conference is an activity of Career Communications Group.

Bayer survey shows rising demand, fierce competition for STEM degree job candidates

Pittsburgh, PA – The results of a survey of talent recruiters from U.S. Fortune 1000 companies supports the view that there is a STEM workforce shortage. The Bayer Facts of Science Education survey sample included talent recruiters from both STEM and non-STEM companies. Eighty-nine percent of the talent recruiters in the survey report that competition is fierce to fill open STEM jobs with four-year STEM degree holders. In addition, new hires with two-year and four-year STEM degrees are equally or more in demand for non-STEM jobs than new hires without STEM degrees who have traditionally filled those jobs, according to 79 percent and 89 percent of survey respondents, respectively.

Sixteen percent or fewer of participating companies are seeing adequate numbers of qualified African American, Hispanic and American Indian two and four-year STEM degree job candidates. And overall, just over half of these companies can find adequate numbers of qualified job candidates with two-year STEM degrees within a reasonable time. Only half can find qualified four-year degree holders in a timely manner.

Ninety percent of the companies struggling to fill STEM positions believe the problem is a shortage of qualified STEM degree candidates with two-year or four-year degrees. They add that these unfilled positions are bad for business: talent recruiters from STEM and non-STEM companies alike believe that the unfilled positions cause lower productivity, set limits to business growth, and result in lower revenue.

“While much of the debate today centers on the country’s pool of STEM PhDs, this survey focuses on the majority of our STEM workforce, those with four-year STEM degrees or less,” says Jerry MacCleary, president of Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “For this particular debate, we believe the jury is no longer out. As professionals responsible for scouting and hiring talent, the recruiters’ firsthand knowledge is an excellent barometer of the STEM workforce realities that companies in a range of industries are facing today.”

The survey was commissioned by Bayer Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA) and conducted by International Communication Research (Media, PA).

John Matchette recognized for work in IT accessibility for the blind

Arlington, VA – National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) have recognized John Matchette, a managing director at Accenture Federal Services (Arlington, VA), with the NIB Customer Appreciation award for his personal and professional interest in creating and supporting jobs for people who are blind.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 70 percent of working-age, blind Americans are not employed. In an effort to change that statistic, Matchette, who leads Accenture’s U.S. government public safety business, worked with NIB to expand the organization’s employment leadership to help blind people find work in Section 508 assurance services. NIB has historically focused on employment in manufactured product areas, but is working to expand its efforts into service-oriented areas like contact center services, document management and administrative services.

Section 508, an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1732, mandates that all electronic and information technology systems, including websites that are developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government, must be accessible to people with disabilities.

Matchette helped NIB launch new service delivery offerings to address software, systems and website accessibility and usability conformance to meet Section 508 web content accessibility guidelines.

“The partnership between Accenture and NIB is truly a win-win for both organizations,” says Kevin Lynch, president and chief executive officer of NIB. “NIB’s Section 508 assurance services provide excellent career opportunities for talented people who are blind, and Accenture and its customers receive the expertise needed to ensure accessibility of electronic information.”

NIB’s 508 assurance testing services address software, systems and website accessibility and usability. In addition to automated testing tools, manual testing is conducted by a team of IT accessibility specialists who are blind, as well as a group of sighted specialists. They test and improve software accessibility and usability.

“We are proud of John’s leadership, dedication and important contributions to NIB and the fabric of our industry,” says David Moskovitz, Accenture Federal Services chief executive. “Creating and maintaining opportunities for the blind is another example of our commitment to continuously fostering a diverse workforce of talented individuals.”

Matchette received the award at the 2013 NIB/NAEPB national conference at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, MD.

Kotb elected president of ASME

New York, NY – Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb of Montreal, Québec, Canada, head of the pressure vessels technical services division for Régie du bâtiment du Québec, has been elected president of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for a one-year term that began in July.

ASME issued the announcement at the society’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Kotb is the 132nd president of ASME, and the fourth woman, to lead the engineering organization, which has more than 130,000 members worldwide.

An ASME Fellow and active member of the society for eighteen years, Kotb has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, serving on the ASME board of governors from 2008-2011 and as vice president of conformity assessment from 2003-2006. She has served as chair of the ASME presidential task force on uniform (financial) reporting.

Kotb has also served in the society as a member of the ASME committee on governance and strategy, the council on codes and standards, and the committee on ethical standards and review.

Kotb is a licensed engineer in the Province of Québec and heads the pressure vessels technical services division for Régie du bâtiment du Québec, a board established by the Québec government to ensure the quality and safety of buildings and systems, including safety programs within the field of pressure vessels. She is also a member of the National Board of Boiler Inspectors representing Québec.

In addition to her term as chair of the ASME Québec section, Kotb has served as a member of the society’s engineering for Global Development Committee. She was the lead volunteer member for Engineering For Change (E4C), a community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates whose mission is to improve quality of life in communities around the world. She has also served as a member of the E4C, LLC management committee.

Kotb began her engineering education in materials engineering at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, where she received her bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering. She is a recipient of the ASME dedicated service award and the Canadian Standards Association award of merit for her contribution to the development of Canadian nuclear standards.

ASME was founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It is now a nonprofit professional organization that includes all engineering disciplines and promotes the vital role of the engineer in society. For more info, visit www.asme.org.

Cordova, Handelsman nominated to science posts by President Obama

Washington, DC – Dr France Anne Cordova and Dr Jo Handelsman were nominated by President Barack Obama to key administration posts in July.

The President nominated Cordova to the post of director of the National Science Foundation, and Handelsman to serve as the associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. “The extraordinary dedication these individuals bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” Obama said.

Cordova is president emerita of Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), where she served from 2007 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, she was chancellor of the University of California at Riverside, where she was a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy.

Previously, Cordova was the vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and NASA’s chief scientist. She was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as head of the department of astronomy and astrophysics, and was deputy group leader in the earth and space sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM).

She is chair of the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the National Science Board.

Cordova received a BA from Stanford University (CA) and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology-Pasadena.

Handelsman is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale University (New Haven, CT), a position she has held since 2010. Previously, she served on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty as a professor in plant pathology and professor and chair of the department of bacteriology. She is currently president of the American Society for Microbiology.

In 2011, Handelsman received the Presidential Award for excellence in science mentoring. She was the director of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching and co-founded the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. She received a BS from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rhega Gordon named deputy of NASA Marshall Center’s office of the chief financial officer

Hartselle, AL – Rhega Gordon has been appointed deputy in the office of the chief financial officer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

Named to the position in June, Gordon assists the chief financial officer in overseeing implementation and administration of all integrated Marshall Center and NASA financial management systems, including all aspects of planning, programming, budget processes and guidelines for distribution of financial resources.

“Rhega brings with her a strong, diverse background in engineering, project leadership and financial management, and a proven reputation for leadership and collaboration,” said William Hicks, chief financial officer at the Marshall Center. “She is cool under pressure, values teamwork and has an intense focus on achieving objectives that benefit Marshall and NASA.”

Gordon has held a variety of positions at Marshall since she started her NASA career there in 1991. She earned her bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

During her career at NASA, she has received a number of awards and honors, including a NASA exceptional service medal in 2012 for outstanding leadership as manager of the planning and control office in the Marshall Center’s flight programs and partnerships office.

Gordon and her husband, Orlando “Fritz” Gordon, live in Madison, AL with their two children.

U.S. Army partners with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to expand college opportunities for urban youth

Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Army has renewed its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to help make New York City-area high school students aware of the college education benefits available through the Army.

The Army is the nation’s largest provider of college scholarships. Each year, the service grants more than $250 million in merit-based ROTC scholarships for students. The U.S. Army and TMCF partnership began in 2012 to inform educators and students, particularly those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, of the diverse career opportunities available in the Army.

These objectives support the Army’s long-term goal of ensuring its officer ranks reflect the nation’s diverse population. African Americans currently represent 16 percent of the age seventeen to twenty-four high school graduate population but are underrepresented in the currently enrolled ROTC cadet population.

“Identifying top-quality students is a critical mission to the strength of our Army, and our nation,” says Brigadier General Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Cadet Command. “Together with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we’re working to increase the representation of African American Army officers. To do this, we must ensure students have direct access to ROTC scholarship information, and are aware of the diversity of STEM-related and other career fields available to Army officers.”

Under the partnership arrangement, TMCF representatives work with high schools, community-based organizations and other local groups to provide information about the ROTC program to students and key audiences.

“Through partnerships and innovative programs like this one, we will continue to strengthen the high school to college pipeline for urban students. Our focus this year will be in New York City,” says Johnny Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “TMCF is committed to creating the next generation of STEM leaders, and our partnership with the U.S. Army will help us empower students to pursue their academic and career goals.”

TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its forty-seven member schools, including HBCUs and medical and law schools.

Learn about and apply for Army ROTC scholarships at goarmy.com/rotc. Find out about Army education programs and the wide variety of Army career opportunities at goarmy.com. For more information about Thurgood Marshall College Fund programs and scholarship opportunities, visit thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.

Satwant Kaur named innovation chief at Hewlett-Packard

Palo Alto, CA – Dr Satwant Kaur is the new HP Health and Life Sciences (HLS) innovation chief technologist in the office of the chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard.

Before joining HP, she served as a platform strategist in the Intel architecture group and as director of development at Symantec. Kaur has built many first-of-a-kind systems, plus technologies and solutions for Intel chips, embedded systems, cloud computing, mobile networks, enterprise security, enterprise storage, enterprise systems, e-commerce, e-payments, big data analytics, industrial automation, intelligent environments, and virtualization across the stack.

Kaur holds a bachelors of technology in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. She has an MS in engineering and computer science and a PhD in enhanced Internet protocols for efficient mobile communication from Oakland University (Oakland, MI).

She has received many awards and accolades for her accomplishments in technology, including Intel’s 2009 Technology Innovation award, Intel’s 2009 Outstanding Woman award, and IEEE EIT’s 2001 best paper award for her paper, “Mobile IP and implementation of regional registration.”

Wayne State receives grant to develop program for nanoengineers

Detroit, MI – Researchers at Wayne State University are developing an undergraduate certificate program geared toward training the next generation of nanoengineers.

According to the National Nano Initiative, a U.S. government research and development initiative involving nanotechnology-related activities in twenty-seven department and agency units, the demand for technicians and research scientists in nanotechnology-related industries is anticipated to grow significantly as nanotechnology-enabled products and processes mature.

Wayne State has received a $200,000 Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) grant from the National Science Foundation to help prepare students for flexible employment opportunities and provide them with experience in cutting-edge technologies. “This new certificate program will help prepare students to gain experience in the field of nanoengineering, ultimately training them on emerging technologies,” said Guangzhao Mao, PhD, professor of chemical engineering in Wayne State’s College of Engineering. “The program will aid in meeting the growing demands of Michigan’s manufacturing economy and other high-tech industries that are settling in the state. Students in the program will get hands-on knowledge of the field through laboratory and research work, enabling them to move from familiar subjects to less familiar research-oriented studies.”

Mao’s collaborators in developing the program include Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Sandro da Rocha, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering; Erand Nikolla, PhD, assistant professor of chemical engineering; and Yong Xu, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“Nanotechnology has great potential to change our economy and improve our standard of living, just as advances in information technology have revolutionized our lives and the economy over the past two decades,” said Hilary Ratner, vice president for research at Wayne State University. “This grant will give our students the opportunity to play an important role in another revolutionary technology by expanding their knowledge and skills beyond their traditional disciplinary training. In particular, degreed engineers can take advantage of the program for additional training, enabling them to advance their careers in this growing field in Michigan and elsewhere.”

Wayne State serves a diverse student population, with an undergraduate minority population of 36 percent. It is Michigan’s only urban research university.

Amol Joshi named new president and CEO of Zappix

Burlington, MA – Zappix, a provider of cloud-based multi-channel consumer engagement mobile platforms, has announced the appointment of Amol Joshi, PhD as the company’s new president and CEO.

“We are pleased to have Amol joining us,” said Avner Schneur, the chairman of Zappix. “Having served as president and CEO myself, I know how demanding this role can be and the strong qualifications that are required. Given Amol’s customer focus, character, sales and business acumen and demonstrated leadership skills, I am confident he will help Zappix create significant value for its customers.”

Joshi said, “I couldn’t be more excited joining a company that creates immediate, tangible and long-lasting value for its customers.”


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