STEM Professional of the week

Captain Andres Delgado      
U.S. Coast Guard

Captain Andres Delgado was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1966 during the rise of Fidel Castro. He holds his family in high regard for the courage and hard work it took to leave a financially comfortable life in Cuba to start over and make it in a foreign country.
CAPT Delgado's own personal struggles and those of his family inspired him to overcome obstacles to further his own life. He decided to join the military after his college graduation and is now in his 25th year of distinguished service. CAPT Delgado is one of the highest ranking Hispanics in the United States Coast Guard.  He currently serves as Chief of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he oversees Coast Guard Diversity Management affecting over 87,000 Coast Guard personnel, including civilians, active duty, reserves and auxiliary. He also leads research initiatives and is responsible for the implementation and execution of the Coast Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
Described as an unsung hero who shies away from the limelight, CAPT Delgado proudly promotes the lifelong benefits of a military career in Aviation with the U.S. Coast Guard to the Hispanic community.  He enthusiastically and continually shares his experiences with families and young students in an effort to support them in making informed decisions about STEM career choices.  He is a role model who consistently eradicates negative stereotypical barriers in an effort to open doors for Hispanic inclusion and serves as the critical linking pin between the Coast Guard and hundreds of Hispanic Serving Institutions.

CAPT Delgado’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (twice awarded), Air Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three times awarded), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (eight times awarded) and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

CAPT Delgado is an Aviation Technology graduate of Embry-Riddle Aviation, and holds a master’s degree in quality systems management from the National School of Quality Management.  He was honored with a STEM Military Hero Award at the 27th HENAAC Conference in October 2015.

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