Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine released its list of the nation's top Hispanic power hitters and University of Texas-Pan American claims four spots. Dr. Karen Lozano, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Roland Arriola, vice president of External Affairs and Esequiel Granado, Jr., associate vice president of Business Affairs/Comptroller were announced among the nation's leaders in business and technology.
"I was surprised to be nominated," said Lozano. "A colleague congratulated me and I didn't even know I had been nominated. It's certainly nice to be named."
Lozano has an impressive resume. National Science Foundation CAREER Recipient in 2001 and co-founder of a patent on "Nanocontinuous Fibers" are just a couple of her notable achievements.
"This list represents the trailblazers that have moved aside the barriers that traditionally have kept Hispanics out of power and on the fringes of influence," said Tyrone D. Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc., the publisher of HE&IT magazine.
Candidates were selected from hundreds of professionals and chosen for their contributions in the fields of technology and business. They are considered leaders in their professions who have overcome stereotypes. In today's workplace Hispanics are underrepresented in the fields of science and technology even though they are the fastest growing minority population. HE&IT's list of powerful professionals is a significant depiction of the turning tides within corporate America.
"I'm surprised and honored for the recognition that it [HE&IT] has bestowed on me," said Arévalo. "This is a distinguished list of professionals and it's a great example of the caliber of faculty and staff that we have here at this university."
For more information on nominating a person for the Hispanic Power Hitters list, log on www.hispanicengineer.com or mail your nomination to Career Communications Group, Inc., 729 E. Pratt Street, 5th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.