MAES Bravo Awards 2012

 In Press Release

Houston, Texas (August 15, 2012) MAES proudly announces its honorees for the MAES Bravo Awards 2012. These individuals will be recognized during the 38th Annual MAES International Symposium and Career Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards will be presented on Friday, October 12, 2012, at 6:30 pm during the Medalla de Oro and Bravo Awards Gala Banquet to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Riviera Hotel and Convention Center.


The MAES Bravo Awards are a ground breaking and industry leading initiative created in direct response to feedback from industry representatives and MAES membership on the growing need to identify Latino role models. Since the early days of the organization when the first “Medalla de Oro” was presented, MAES has sought to recognize excellence among the best and brightest Latino engineers and scientists. This year’s MAES Bravo Awards recipients are:


  • Amigo de MAES Award – Linda Fuhrman, Program Manager 2, Space Systems, Draper Laboratory.
  • Brillante Award, Corporate – Augustin Garcia, Aeronautical Engineer Senior, Lockheed Martin Corporation.
  • Brillante Award, Government – Pedro Lopez, Construction Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.
  • Comandante Award – Marina Degraff, Special Projects Officer, Naval Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific.
  • Experto Tecnico – Jose Trevejo, Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
  • Outstanding MAEStro Award – Dr. Edmund Bertschinger, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • President’s Award – Manny De La Cruz, Polymers Fixed Equipment Engineer, Exxon Mobil Chemical and Alyssa De La Cruz, MAES Professional.
  • Partner of Excellence – ATEC, U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command.
  • Corazon Award – TBA at the Medalla de Oro and Bravo Awards Gala Banquet.
  • Excelencia Award – TBA at the Medalla de Oro and Bravo Awards Gala Banquet.
  • Gran Estudiante Award & Scholarship – TBA at the Medalla de Oro and Bravo Awards Gala Banquet.

The MAES Bravo Awards divide the Pre-College to Professional Pipeline into segments and highlight the achievements of role models within those segments. By targeting each segment of the pipeline MAES is able to recognize excellence and inspire individuals at every level of career development and in any technical segment. This approach is unique in that it builds on the strengths of MAES Outreach Programs and is based on the philosophy that role models are needed in all phases of the career pipeline from kindergarten through executive.


MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of professional engineers to advance and increase the number of Latinos in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by creating opportunities and fostering recognition through its professional, technical, and outreach activities. The mission of MAES is to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists. MAES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


For additional information please contact Nancy Lowery or Richard Martinez at or visit the MAES website at




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