2020 STAR Award Recipients

SHPE will proudly recognized its 2020 SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Award recipients during the virtual SHPE 2020 National Convention. The ceremonies will take place in two parts on Wednesday, October 28, 12-1 pm ET and Thursday, October 29, 6-7 pm ET.

The prestigious awards honor outstanding professionals for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to advance Hispanics in STEM careers. STAR Awards also recognize a company and government agency for demonstrating significant, measurable, and visible assistance to further SHPE’s programs.

2020 STAR Awards Program

Awards of the Year

Company of the Year

Raytheon Technologies

Government Agency of the Year

The California State University

Hispanic ERG of the Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation
One Adelante ERG

Jaime Oaxaca Award

Dr. Francis Samalot
The Boeing Company

Dr. Ellen Ochoa Award

Juanita Leal
The Boeing Company

Rubén Hinojosa STEM Champion Award


Community Service Award

Esneyder Ospina

Corporate Achievement Award

Jesse Ortega
General Motors

Diversity Award

Maricela Alberto

Educator of the Year - Higher Education

Dr. Adeeba A. Raheem
University of Texas at El Paso

Educator of the Year - K-12

Sonymarie Socarrás
Colegio Mater Salvatoris

Hispanic in Technology Award - Government

Dr. Angel Flores
United States Air Force

Innovator Award

Dr. David Gonzalez Aguirre
Intel Corporation

Manager of the Year

Enrique Riojas
John Deere

Promising Engineer Award

Osvaldo Bianchi
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

SHPE Star of Today

Crystal Ramón-Miranda

SHPE Star of Tomorrow

Laura Lara Rodriguez

Young Investigator Award

Dr. Jennifer Lopez
Air Force Research Laboratory

Professional Role Models

Professional Role Model - Region 1

Zoraida Martinez
Foster Farms

Professional Role Model - Region 2

Emily Anne Vargas
University of Southern California

Professional Role Model - Region 4

Juan D. Valentin II
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Professional Role Model - Region 5

Manny de la Cruz

Professional Role Model - Region 6

Manuel Millan Rodriguez
Rockwell Automation

Student Role Models

Student Role Model - Region 1 Undergraduate

Mariela Hernandez
University of California, Berkeley

Student Role Model - Region 3 Graduate

Luz Sotelo
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Student Role Model - Region 4 Undergraduate

Marvin Rios
Rensselaer Polytechnic University

Student Role Model - Region 5 Undergraduate

Isela Rivera Andrade
Louisiana State University