Lydia Contreras wins SHPE Young Investigator STAR Award

Lydia Contreras (center) in a black pants suit and multicolored top stands with two other SHPE award winners holding their glass awardsThe Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has announced the recipients of this year’s prestigious SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards, honoring key contributors in the Hispanic community in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Dr. Lydia Contreras (pictured center) will receive the Young Investigator STAR Award for her successes in biomolecular engineering, genetic studies and computational modeling.

The annual STAR Awards are SHPE’s premier event, recognizing individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanics through STEM careers. The awards offer several honored categories representing exceptional college students to industry professionals and public and private corporations.

“The recipients of this year’s STAR Awards are truly outstanding and have made a significant contribution to Hispanics and STEM in the past year,” said Richard Morley, SHPE CEO. “I am honored to recognize these key individuals for their continued support and commitment to the Hispanic community, but most importantly, for paving the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.”

The recipients of the 2015 STAR Awards will be recognized at this year’s SHPE Conference, November 11-15 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center. The conference is the largest annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation bringing together more than 5,000 professionals, educators, students and corporations from throughout the U.S. for technical and professional development workshops, design contests, technical competitions, engineering challenges, network opportunities and Career Expo.


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