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Announcing the SHPE 2023 STAR Award Honorees

Announcing the SHPE 2023 STAR Award Honorees

The prestigious SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards recognize those in STEM who are changing lives through their community outreach, work, and research. The honorees were selected by a diverse review committee based on individual guidelines for each award, as well as those they felt represented the very best in STEM and the embodiment of SHPE's mission and vision.

Company of the Year

Bank of America

Academic Institution of the Year

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Hispanic Employee Resource Group of the Year

Chevron Corporation

Rodrigo Garcia Founder's Award

Julio Grapa


Jaime Oaxaca Award

Antonina Robles

HP Inc.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa Award

Brenda Isaza

The Boeing Company

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Champion Award

Antonio Tijerino

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Champion Award

Ray Mellado (1948-2022)

Great Minds in STEM

Climate Sustainability Award

Dr. Miguel O. Román


Community Service Award

Saul Montano


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

Angela M. Rucks

Bank of America

Educator Achievement Award - Higher Education

Juan D. Ocampo

St. Mary's University

Entrepreneur Award

Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

SweetBio, Inc.

Executive Achievement Award - Corporate

Dr. Sandra Hernández

Chevron Corporation

Executive Achievement Award - Government

Ivan Pereira

Naval Surface Warfare Center

Innovator Award

Marc Velasco


Managerial Excellence Award - Corporate

Alonso Navarrete

Cummins Inc.

Managerial Excellence Award - Government

Briana Marie Pierce

United States Air Force

Role Model Award - Graduate

Carolina A. Colón

Georgia Institute of Technology

Role Model Award - Professional

Benjamin Gonzalez Vazquez

Bechtel Global Corporation

Role Model Award - Undergraduate

Leah Flores-Cabrera

Michigan State University

STAR of Today Award - Corporate

Krystal Puga

Northrop Grumman Corporation

STAR of Today Award - Government

Anthony Louis Garcia

Sandia National Laboratories

STAR of Tomorrow Award - Corporate

Ernesto E Covarrubias

The Boeing Company

STAR of Tomorrow Award - Government

Iker Liceaga-Indart


STEM Warrior Award

Paola Estrada

United States Air Force

Young Investigator Award

Joaquin Resasco

The University of Texas at Austin

The STAR Award honorees will be recognized during the SHPE National Convention being held in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 1-5. They will be presented during two different ceremonies: the Excellence in STEM Luncheon on Thursday from 12:00-1:30pm and the STAR Awards Ceremony on Friday from 7:00-9:00pm.

SHPE: Leading Hispanics in STEM, a national organization representing Hispanic professionals and students in STEM, will host its 47th National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center, November 1 through 5, 2023. The largest gathering of Hispanic STEM talent in the nation, the event is expected to be attended by 10,000 students, professionals, academia, and industry leaders.

About SHPE:

SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is a nonprofit organization serving and advancing Hispanics in STEM. With more than 14,000 student and professional members, SHPE's mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. For more information please visit

Contact Information:
Alyssa Sullivan
Publicist, SHPE
[email protected]

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