Accomplishments, Awards & Honors

NBC Latino recently profiled Diana Albarrán Chicas, a satellite engineer and test section manager at Space Systems/Loral (SSL) in Palo Alto, CA. She was the first in her family to graduate high school, the first Latina, and second woman to hold a managerial position at SSL. Her undergraduate degree in engineering was earned at MIT.

Recently, Albarrán Chicas and her husband created Empower Educational Services “to introduce more young people to science, technology, engineering, math and science (STEM).” She also works with Latinas in STEM. Read the full article


Twenty-four recipients have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships for 2013. The fellowships are given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to recognize “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement.” The Chronicle of Higher Education listed this year’s fellows with brief bios. The news release is also available online.


Ruth Fragoso was recently honored as a “Hispanic role model specializing in STEM” by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (CA). Fragoso is a mission operations systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has been working on the Graile mission, “which sent twin spacecrafts to the moon to measure the effects of gravity.” She is also scheduled to receive a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in October for her work at NASA. Click here for the article from the Santa Monica Daily Press


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