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BLACK ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS


develop a standardized equipment ordering tool for all mobility as well as LANline personnel - Worked with finance to manage a $127 million capital budget to exceed capital targets by 1.4 percent - Led first office application trial for GSM/2G technology - Developed RFP as well as processes for the shelter equip- ment installation initiative - Worked on a supplier diversity team to achieve a total spend of $34 million


- Managed the first Bloomfield switch/MTSO expansion - Managed the integration of a new redundant paging switch for the Detroit market


- Managed the Grand Rapids paging terminal relocation. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN INDUSTRY


Alejandro R. Diaz Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer


Advanced Space Exploration (BDS)


The Boeing Company PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN GOVERNMENT


Maj. Tiffany Rivera Program Element Monitor U.S. Air Force


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aj. Tiffany Rivera protects service men and women with ingenuity and technical prowess. Her expertise in engineering,


computer network attack, and advancing space capabilities helps the U.S. Air Force maintain air and space superiority. Maj. Rivera is the Pentagon spokesperson for the U.S. Air


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lejandro Diaz is a Boe- ing spacecraft systems


engineer. His position at Boeing is one highlight in a long list of accomplish- ments. One of Mr. Diaz’s biggest achievements is that he turned a childhood fascination with space exploration into an illustrious career.


Mr. Diaz moved to America with his parents during the 1980s. Leaving Peru was intimidating, and he handled the transi- tion by immersing himself in school and sports. He developed an interest in human space exploration, which encouraged him to pursue a career in engineering. His education includes a Master of Science in aerospace engineering and a Ph.D. in astronautical engineering. During Mr. Diaz’s 15 years with Boeing, he has contributed to several programs. These programs include the International Space Station (ISS), Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and Com- mercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS). His contributions included participating in the design, manufacture, integration and launching of these space vehicles.


The conceptualization and development of the ISS umbilical connectivity database is one of Mr. Diaz’s greatest professional achievements. He began by building a database that contained data for hundreds of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) umbilical connectors. It took a team of five people more than a year to complete the database. NASA and Boeing accepted the umbilical connectivity database, and it is a flight-certified mission support database that contributed to the assembly of the International Space Station.


The Orange County Engineering Council awarded him the Outstanding Engineering Merit Award in 2013. He won the 2012 Minorities in Research Science (MiRS) Most Promising Scientist Award.


Force’s assistant secretary of acquisition. She prepares Air Force leadership for congressional testimony, and briefs Congress on President Barack Obama’s budget request for a $1 billion space program portfolio. Robins Air Force Base in Georgia is where Maj. Rivera began her military career. She served as the chief aircraft battle damage repair engineer for the C-17 Globemaster program. Her engineering skills and ability to translate technical documents made her the only Air Force member fully qualified to assess and repair battle damage on three strategic aircraft platforms. The Air Force took notice of Maj. Rivera’s aircraft knowl- edge and leadership skills. She was soon deployed to Germany, where she prepared multiple C-17 combat missions to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She later led an 81 person division as an integral engineer and re- searcher in the technological advancement of the world’s small- est AM antenna. Maj. Rivera has played a huge role in technical advancements for the Air Force.


For six years, she has also been associated with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization as a member and mentor. Maj. Rivera earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University. She also earned a Master of Science in logistics management from Georgia College State University. The Meritorious Service Medal and a Joint Service Commenda- tion Medal are two of her many awards and decorations.


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN GOVERNMENT


Michael Sterling Chief, Water Management & Infrastructure Safety Branch - Hydrologic and Hydraulic U. S. Army Corps of Engineers – Southwestern District


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r. Michael Sterling is an expert in Water Resource Engineering. He is the hydrology and hydraulics practice lead for the Army Corps of Engineers, southwestern division. His area


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