2015 HENAAC Award Winners

other categories: Military Heroes  |  Luminary Honorees

Engineer of the Year

Karen Lozano, Ph.D.

Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor 
Founder / Director of
Nanotechnology
Center of Excellence 


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
&
Chief Technology Officer
FibeRio Technology Corporation

Scientist of the Year

Elisa V. Quintana, Ph.D.

NASA Senior Fellow, Physicist
& Planetary Scientist



NASA Ames Research Center




Executive Excellence

Jeff Morales

Chief Executive Officer

California High Speed
Rail Authority

Executive Excellence

Nestor Martinez

Vice President
Engineering and Technical Services
Transmission and Distribution


Southern California Edison




Outstanding Technical Achievement

Abraham Ellis, Ph.D.

 Manager
Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Department

Sandia National Laboratories

Chairman’s Award

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Education & Engineering 
Rossier School Of Education 

Viterbi School of Engineering
Dornsife College of Letters,
Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California




Pioneer

Van Rex Gallard

Vice President - Sales
Latin America, Africa & Caribbean
Boeing Commercial Airplanes


The Boeing Company

Lifetime Achievement

Patrick A. Sena

Research and Development
Senior Engineer
Stockpile Systems Center
 

Sandia National Laboratories




Professional Achievement II

Ester Baiget

EMEA Commercial Director
Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications


The Dow Chemical Company

Professional Achievement II

Paul N. Cejas

Chief Engineer
QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target
Boeing Defense, Space & Security


The Boeing Company




Professional Achievement I

Jason Brooks

Principal Systems Engineer
F-35 Design and Development
IPT Lead/Engineering Program Manager


Lockheed Martin Corporation

Professional Achievement I

Maria M. Diaz- Masterson

Branch Head
Submarine and Surveillance Systems 
Test and Evaluation       
Naval Undersea Warfare
Center Division, Newport


U.S. Navy




Civil Engineering

Norberto C.
Nadal-Caraballo, Ph.D.


Research Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)
Harbors, Entrances, and Structures
Branch Navigation Division Coastal
and Hydraulics Laboratory 
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Information Technology

Joel A. Johnson

Senior Manager
Lockheed Martin Computer
Incident Response Team


Lockheed Martin Corporation




Education

Ann Quiroz-Gates, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Computer Science


University of Texas at El Paso

Education

Armando M.
Rivera-Figueroa, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Chemistry &
STEM Projects Director


East Los Angeles College




Diversity

Alma  Guajardo-Crossley

Corporate Director
Diversity Initiatives 

General Motors

Community Service

Connie P. Medina-Garcia

Parts Manager/Cost
Account Manager  
Space and Airborne Systems


Raytheon Company




Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree Ph.D.

Marvi A. Matos, Ph.D.

Director
Chemical Technologies,
Metals and Ceramics
Boeing Research and Technology


The Boeing Company

Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree Ph.D.

Rafael Verduzco, Ph.D.

Louis Owen Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering and Materials
Science and NanoEngineering


Rice University




Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree - Master's

Miguel  Angel Cabrera

Project Team Lead & Senior
Reservoir Engineer


Shell Oil Company

Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree - Master's

Michael G. Diaz

Hybrid Controls Algorithm Design
and Development Engineer


General Motors

Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree - Master's

Shannon Rodriguez-Sanabria

Branch Head
Microwave and
Telecommunications
Systems Branch


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Most Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree - Master's

Captain Daniel J. Uribe

Program Manager
Center for Rapid Innovation

Air Force Research Laboratory

U.S. Air Force




Most Promising Engineer
or Scientist-Undergraduate
Degree-Bachelor's

Victor H. Aguilar-Ruiz

Systems Engineer III

Northrop Grumman Corporation





other categories: Military Heroes  |  Luminary Honorees