2018 HENAAC Award Winners

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Engineer of the Year

L. Rafael Reif, Ph.D.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scientist of the Year

Clarise Starr, Ph.D., DR-III

Deputy Chief of Applied
Technology & Genomics Division Aeromedical Research Department
United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Albert V. Baez Award

Jose E. Sanchez, SES, P.E.

Deputy Director of
Research and Development

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chairman’s Award

Sandra Evers Manly

Vice President
Global Corporate Responsibility

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Executive Excellence

Ignacio L. Garcia

Vice President
Latin America Area
Business Organization

Cummins Inc.

Executive Excellence

Adriana Torres

Senior Vice President
Global Head of Customer
Support for Hospitality
and Food & Beverage


Outstanding Technical Achievement

Arianna T. Morales, Ph.D.

Staff Research Scientist Research
& Development Center

General Motors

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Orlando Rios, Ph.D.

Research Staff, Materials Science and Technology Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering Department

University of Tennessee


Information Technology

Mauricio Guerra

Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Information Compliance and Risk Management

The Dow Chemical Company

Pioneer Award

Teresa Hamid

IBM Fellow, VP, CTO
Cognitive Process
Global Business Services

IBM Corporation

Lifetime Achievement

José M. Castellón, Jr.

Global Hawk Systems
Engineering and Integration

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Lifetime Achievement

Rosa M. Bravo

Business Director
Southern California Public
Service Market


Professional Achievement II

Nelson Pedreiro, Ph.D.

Director, Chief Engineer
Strategic and Missile Defense

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Professional Achievement - II

Andres Martinez

Program Executive, Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division Human Exploration and Operations Missions Directorate

NASA Ames Research Center

Professional Achievement I

Valerie Dawson

Senior Manager
Stowbins, Bin Systems
& Secondary Supports
Interiors Responsibility Center

The Boeing Company

Professional Achievement I

Annabel Flores

Program Line Director
Airborne Early Warning and
Reconnasissance Systems
Space and Airborne Systems

Raytheon Company

Professional Achievement I

Carlos González, Jr.

Manager of Construction Services

Chevron Corporation


Most Promising Engineer – Advanced Degree, Ph.D.

Luis “Danny” Bathen, Ph.D.

Research Staff Member
Almaden Research Center

IBM Corporation

Most Promising Engineer – Advanced Degree, Ph.D.

Maricela Lizcano, Ph.D.

Research Materials Engineer
Materials Chemistry
and Physics Branch

NASA Glenn Research Center

Most Promising Engineer- Advanced Degree, Masters

Michelle M. Garcia Sagredo Ang

Product Development Engineer

Texas Instruments Inc.

Most Promising Engineer Undergraduate Degree

Captain Jason W. Fischbach

Flight Commander, Mission Support
Flight Lead, Power Space and
Cooling Engineer,
485th Intelligence Squadron

U.S. Air Force

Most Promising Engineer Undergraduate Degree

Luis Leon

Lead Process Engineer

Kimberly Clark Corporation

Most Promising Engineer Undergraduate Degree

Nina Porter

Program Manager
Bombers Program

The Boeing Company


Krystel K. Castillo-Villar

GreenStar Endowed
Associate Professor
in Energy

Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute

University of Texas at San Antonio


Ramon E. Lopez, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physics
Co-Director, UTeach Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington

Santiago Rodriguez Diversity & Inclusion Award

William C. Davis

Deputy Diversity & Inclusion
Manager / Equal Employment
Specialist, Office of Equal
Opportunity and Diversity

NASA Johnson Space Center

Community Service

James E. Valenzuela

Senior Industrial Engineering Lead Engineering Operations

Raytheon Company

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