Thousands of miles apart a hometowns of Patrick Sena and Abraham Ellis. Sena grew adult in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Ellis in Chitre, Panama, though they common upbringings centered on family, village and culture.
“What does it meant to be Hispanic?” pronounced Ellis, manager of Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems during Sandia National Laboratories. “I consider about it a lot. Our enlightenment is abounding and diverse, and that’s a good thing. The universe we grew adult in was totally opposite from Patrick’s, though in many ways a same. There is so most farrago there.”
Sena pronounced his family preserves traditions handed down by generations along with values of respect, politeness and noticing life’s milestones. “I paint one of a vital ethnicities in a world, and it means a lot to me to paint it good and also to be an effective writer to inhabitant confidence and a improved world,” pronounced Sena, emissary arch operative in Sandia’s Stockpile Systems Center.
Sena and Ellis were named 2015 HENAAC Award winners by Great Minds in STEM, Sena for Lifetime Achievement and Ellis for Outstanding Technical Achievement. They will join other honorees during a 27th annual HENAAC discussion in Pasadena, California, Oct. 14-18. The eventuality coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month.
HENAAC, before a Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Corp., honors a best STEM minds in a country. Each leader is counterpart reviewed and selected by member of industry, government, troops and educational institutions. Great Minds in STEM also promotes those fields to girl from underserved and underrepresented communities.
Sena and Ellis are a 33rd and 34th Sandia Labs staff members to win a prestigious endowment in a past 19 years. Both pronounced they were shamed and wish to use a approval to motivate others.
“I have a renewed clarity of purpose,” Ellis said. “I wish minorities to play a incomparable purpose in a nation in STEM. It’s a idea value fighting for, and I’ll do that any day.”
Sena pronounced immature people need purpose models and mentors. “I wish to share my story to enthuse them about how a elements of creativity, motivation, curiosity, work ethic, work/life change and communication can propel them into a rewarding and impactful career in STEM,” he said.