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Museum in Seattle, where students learned about computers past and present and concluded their tour with a scavenger hunt; and the University of Washington where professors and gradu- ate students took kids to five robotics labs and had them conduct experiments.

KISE has a plan in place to track existing students and monitor if they choose STEM classes in 6th-12th grades as well as major in a STEM field in college.


Tizoc Loza Corporate Manager, Global

Supplier Diversity Programs/HBCU/MI/ Government Relations Northrop Grumman Corporation

government relations programs where he is instrumental in the development and transfer of both technology and infrastructure to small business and universities while providing employment and scholarships through the Mentor-Protégé Programs.


McMichael Outreach and Diversity Program Manager U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center, RDECOM, AMC


izoc Loza has been active in supporting education since he was a young man.

As a high school gradu-

ate, Mr. Loza applied to California State University, Long Beach, under the Equal Opportunity Program, where his older brother was attending.

Seeing the need for a Hispanic business organization, Mr. Loza was one of six founding members of the Hispanic Students Business Association (HSBA), the only Hispanic business as- sociation formed on campus. As an HSBA officer, he was involved in school-related events, from recruiting corporate sponsorship and organizing membership drives, to formal on-campus presentations with company officials. Mr. Loza was instrumental in organizing summer internships with retail, financial, and aerospace companies. He also devel- oped relationships with corporate recruiters resulting in inter- views for students with major California companies. Now corporate manager, global supplier diversity, for Northrop Grumman, Mr. Loza works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, minority institutions and tribal col- leges/universities. Since 2000, he has provided subcontract opportunities to a number of HBCUs/MIs/TUCs by providing real industry dilemmas for students and staff to resolve under the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program. Via this program, Northrop Grumman transferred knowledge, funding, and curriculum to staff and students to incorporate in their daily lives. This has enabled students to resolve real industry problems and is a pipeline for employment in Northrop Grumman. Mr. Loza provided seed funding with the assistance of the Northrop Grumman University Alliance program. He provided opportunities to HBCU/MIs/TCUs with initial seed funding in various disciplines and assistance for departments for equipment and classroom training. In addition, he assists K-12 STEM pro- grams as a speaker, provides assistance in conferences and men- tors Hispanic students in the Virginia school district to complete high school and attend college.

During the course of 28 years in the aerospace industry,

Mr. Loza moved along a career path to leadership responsibili- ties in contracts management and the global supplier diversity/


he U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), a major component lab of the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, is the Army’s focal point for research, development, and engineer- ing services for aviation and missile technology. Consequently, AMRDEC has a vested interest in supporting and fostering outstanding STEM talent in the region.

Thus, it designs, conducts, and participates in educational and community outreach activities and experiences — the blood- lines of a highly technical organization.

It is these programs that are entrusted to Ms. Gayla McMi- chael.

“If AMRDEC is to continue to be viewed as the premier aviation and missile research organization for providing war- fighting capabilities to the brave military men and women who support our nation, it will be in large part due to the commitment and dedication of Ms. McMichael,” says William A. Colson, director, systems simulation, software, and integration. Ms. McMichael provides leadership and oversight of all AMRDEC educational and diversity programs. Within the year, she has led outreach events and activi- ties engaging more than 13,000 students, including 2,800 at the elementary level; 2,200 in middle school; 6,400 attending high school; and 1,400 in post-secondary situations. Her leadership efforts translate into better access to higher education for thou- sands.

Ms. McMichael is committed to preserving high-quality engineering, scientific, and technical educational programs and enhancing minority opportunities to participate in science and en- gineering by implementing current and new outreach programs. Hence, she has established new Army ties with seven education partnership agreements to these institutions: Alabama A&M Uni- versity, North Carolina A&T State University, Tuskegee Univer- sity, Clark Atlanta University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Alabama State University. “Ms. McMichael’s commitment and dedication to recruiting talented young scientists and engineers allows the AMRDEC to continue to be viewed as the leader for providing war-fighting capabilities” to the military, says James Lackey Jr., AMRDEC executive director.

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