2016 HENAAC Award Winners

other categories: Military Heroes  |  Luminary Honorees

Engineer of the Year

Edelmiro (Ed) Muñiz

Executive Chairman
Board of Directors

MEI Technologies

Scientist of the Year

Gabriela Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
College of Science

Louisiana State University

Spokesperson for the
LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC)

Executive Excellence

Rear Admiral James E. Rendon

United States
Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Coast Guard

Executive Excellence

Mona C. Simpson

Supplier Management, Shared
Services Group, Site Services
& Manufacturing Support

The Boeing Company

Executive Excellence

Renzo Zagni

 Vice President
Development Operations
& Quality Assurance Oracle Applications Labs


Outstanding Technical Achievement

Gerardo Dominguez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Physics
College of Science & Mathematics

California State
University San Marcos

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez

Principal Member
of Technical Staff
Advanced Materials Lab

Sandia National Laboratories

Chairman's Award

Jose M. Obregon

Global Business Director
Silicones, Feedstocks
& Intermediates
Dow Corning

The Dow Chemical Company

Santiago Rodriguez
Diversity Award

Emanuel Brady, Jr.

Vice President and
Chief Diversity Officer


Lifetime Achievement

Romelia Flores

IBM Distinguished Engineer
& Master Inventor
Global Solutions Center


Lifetime Achievement

Francisco A. Uzal, DVM, MSc, FRVC, Ph.D., Dipl ACVP

Professor of Diagnostic Pathology
& Branch Chief
San Bernardino Branch
California Animal Health & Food
Safety Laboratory System
School of Veterinary Medicine

University of California, Davis


Alba Colon

Program Manager,
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Motorsports Competition    

General Motors

Professional Achievement II

Fernando A. Pellerano

Chief Engineer
Instrument Systems
& Technology Division
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Professional Achievement I

Arturo J. Hernandez-Maldonado, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department
College of Engineering

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Professional Achievement I

Eduardo A. Lopez

Propulsion Systems
Technical Lead Engineer
Exploration & Launch Systems
Boeing Defense, Space and Security

The Boeing Company

Professional Achievement I

Ricardo Rodriguez

Subsurface Manager,
VITO/PowerNap Projects
Deep Water GoM
Shell Exploration
& Production Company

Shell Oil Company


Civil/Environmental Engineering

Debora F. Rodrigues, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil
& Environmental Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

University of Houston

Civil Engineering

Gerardo I. Velazquez

Research Civil Engineer
Structural Engineering Branch
Geosciences and Structural Division, Geotechnical Structures Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army


Gisele Ragusa, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering
Education Practice
Viterbi School of Engineering

University of Southern California

Education Distinction

Minerva Cordero, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Science
for Academic Affairs
College of Science

University of Texas at Arlington

Most Promising - PhD

Azlin M. Biaggi-Labiosa, Ph.D.

Manager, Nanotechnology Project
Space Technology Project Office
Space Flight Systems Directorate
NASA Glenn Research Center


Most Promising - PhD

Ruth Figueroa, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Research and Development

The Dow Chemical Company

Most Promising - Master's Degree

Manuel Trejo, Jr.

Microelectronics Program Manager/ Engineering Leader
Trusted Access Program Office

U.S. Air Force

Most Promising Undergraduate Degree

Juan C. Guzman

Manufacturing Research
& Development Engineer
Boeing Research &Technology

The Boeing Company

Most Promising Undergraduate Degree

Veronica Hernandez

Project Engineer, Sr.
Program Management and Integration, ADP Aeronautics

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Most Promising Undergraduate Degree

Balarama Varela

Senior Systems Engineer II
Raytheon Integrated
Defense Systems


Community Service

Michael A. Ruiz

Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace and Flight Mechanics Division
NASA Johnson Space Center


other categories: Military Heroes  |  Luminary Honorees