STEM Professional of the week

Alexei Lozada-Ruiz      
U.S. Air Force

Alexei Lozada-Ruiz has built a reputation for conquering seemingly impossible obstacles on his way to piloting the Light Air Support (LAS) program to success. A supervisory senior engineer with over 16 years of experience in his field, he has proven to be an invaluable asset to his organization, earning great credit for himself and the United States Air Force (USAF).

Hand-picked by the Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to be the LAS Chief Engineer, Alexei’s efforts as Chief Engineer on the $427.5M program resulted in the selection of an aircraft capable of providing both advanced aircrew training and a light attack capability for the Afghan Air Force. His remarkable achievements have kept the LAS program on track as an instrumental part of the President of the United States’ National Security Exit Strategy from Afghanistan.

Alexei has proven himself to be an inspiring and involved leader. He leads several teams, both from within his organization as well as those from external partners like the Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer in Brazil. Both government and contract management praise his strong leadership for building an uncommonly strong and effective team. His skills in problem-solving and technical aptitude set him apart in his career field and reflect great credit upon himself and the Air Force.

Alexei has also taken his engineering talents outside of the workplace. For the better part of 15 years, he has worked selflessly to promote education in the fields of engineering, math, and science. Alexei donates his time and skills to the Wright Step program, which targets underrepresented youth in the Dayton Public and Springfield City school districts in Ohio, to both their Environmental and Chemical Engineering programs. For the past ten years, he has also given his time to help recruit volunteers for and organize various AFLCMC/EZ events, including hydration for the annual Air Force Marathon.

Alexei holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and a master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Dayton in Ohio. For his commitment and accomplishments in his career field, Great Minds in STEM honored Alexei with a STEM Military & Civilian Luminary award in October of 2014.

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