BALTIMORE, Md–(U.S. NEWSWIRE)–April 24, 2003–The nation’s oldest Hispanic technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, has published its fifth annual survey of the country’s most powerful Hispanics in business and technology. The list of 50, selected from hundreds of submissions, represents a cadre of highly accomplished, forward-thinking professionals who have demonstrated vision, hard work, and perseverance. These quiet warriors have overcome a landscape of challenge, scrutiny, and cultural barriers to excel in their fields. Their careers have helped define the possibilities created by opening the doors of opportunity to minorities. And they have delivered, contributing greatly to America’s prosperity.

Among this year’s honorees are Hugo B. Poza, Ph.D., corporate vice president for Raytheon Company, one of the nation’s leading defense and aerospace systems contractors. Poza directs Raytheon’s homeland security business sector.

Wilbert Berrios, chief information officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Berrios serves as the principal advisor on information technology to the commanding general of the Corps, a multibillion-dollar organization with tens of thousands of employees working on projects that affect the lives of every American.

Nils Diaz, Ph.D., the newly appointed chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is charged with protecting the environment and the public from the effects of radiation from nuclear reactors, nuclear materials, and nuclear waste facilities. Diaz is in his second five-year term on the commission, which now stands on the front lines of the “War against Terror.”

Margarita N. Dominguez, vice president and CIO of Tampa Electric Company. Dominguez exemplifies outstanding contribution to industry, helping lead a utility with a clientele of one million and a service area of 2,000 square miles. Dominguez, a Cuban immigrant, also serves Tampa Electric’s parent company, TECO Energy, Inc., as procurement officer and CIO.

And MIT grad and pioneering biotech researcher Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D. Villa-Komaroff now serves as vice president for research and chief operating officer of the Whitehead Institute, a prestigious organization at the forefront of cancer and AIDS research, structural biology, genetics, infectious disease research, developmental biology, and transgenic science.

There are 45 other Hispanics from the ranks of government, the not-for-profit sector, and Corporate America with stories just as impressive. Two representatives from academia also have been recognized for their educational leadership. With the unprecedented demand for a diverse, highly skilled work force, these outstanding Americans will provide a road map to success for others to follow.

The 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology survey is even more significant this year, says Tyrone D. Taborn, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology’s publisher, since census data have confirmed that Hispanics are now the largest minority in the U.S. But in the fields of technology and science, Hispanics continue to be underrepresented. Today, Hispanics and other minorities combined make up only 7 percent of the science and engineering work force.

For minorities to close this gap and have representation that more closely reflects their numbers in society, more than 250,000 minority engineers and scientists will have to be produced over the next 10 years.

Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine is published by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), a minority-owned media services company with a mission to promote careers and educational opportunities for minorities in engineering, technology, and science. CCG is also the founder of La Familia Technology Week, a national public awareness campaign designed to increase Hispanics’ interest in technology.

This year’s 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology are:

— Dan Arvizu, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Energy & Industry Systems CH2M Hill

— Miguel Bauza, Vice President, Core Cable Product Development Convergys Information Management Group

— Wilbert Berrios, Chief Information Officer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

— Jaime Borras, Corporate Vice President & General Manager IDEN Technology Motorola, Inc.

— Juan N. Cento, President, Latin America & Caribbean Federal Express

— Mario Concha, President-Chemical Georgia-Pacific Corporation

— Diane DeHoyos, Manager, Supplier Diversity; Vehicle Line Executive, Passenger Cars; President – GM Hispanic Initiative, General Motors Corporation

— Greg Deveson, Executive Vice President-Saab General Motors Corporation

— Nils Diaz, Chairman U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

— Carlos Dominguez, Vice President, Service Provider Market Cisco Systems, Inc.

— Margarita N. Dominguez, Vice President and CIO, Tampa Electric Company; Procurement Officer and CIO TECO Energy, Inc.

— Michael L. Dominguez, Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs U.S. Air Force

— Philip A. Dur, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Northrop Grumman Corporation

— Miguel L. Escobar, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Allstate Insurance Company

— Francisco A. Figueroa, Vice President and CFO Sandia National Laboratories

— Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., President Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

— Edsel Garciamendez-Budar, Director, Broadband Data Systems Engineering MCI

— Michele Goins, Vice President and Global Information Officer, Imaging and Printing Group Hewlett-Packard Company

— Yno Gonzalez, President SBC Long Distance

— Carlos M. Gutierrez, Chairman and CEO Kellogg Company

— Giraldo Gutierrez, Vice President Global Crossing

— Sid Gutierrez, Director, Monitoring Systems and Technology Center Sandia National Laboratories

— Charles M. Herington, President and CEO America Online Latin America

— Ricardo Hernandez, Director, Current Product Financial Analysis DaimlerChrysler Corporation

— Maria Elena Lagomasino, Chairman and CEO JP Morgan Private Bank

— Grace Lieblein, GMS Implementation Leader-Engineering General Motors Corporation

— Carlos Lobo, President and Chief Executive Officer New Venture Gear, Inc.

— Placido J. Martinez, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Entergy Corporation

— Jorge P. Montoya, President – Global Food & Beverage and Latin America Procter & Gamble

–Jorge Morales, Vice President, Naval Marine Operations & Finance Rolls Royce

— Michael Montelongo, Assistant Secretary for Financial Management & Comptroller U.S. Air Force

— Rey More, Senior Vice President, Global Technology Development Motorola, Inc.

— Hector J. Motroni, Senior Vice President & Chief Staff Officer Xerox Corporation

— Susan Pacheco, Director of Mercury Programs Ford Motor Company

— Rosendo G. Parra, Senior Vice President, Americas Dell Computer Corporation

— Pedro Pizarro, Vice President, Strategy Business Development Southern California Edison

— Hugo B. Poza, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President Raytheon Company

— Grace Puma, Vice President, Inbound Supply Chain Kraft Foods Inc.

— Marie Quintero, Assistant Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions The Coca-Cola Company

— John B. Ramil, President, Tampa Electric Company; Executive Vice President TECO Energy, Inc.

— Stevan G. Ramirez, Chief Quality Officer and Vice President Eastman Kodak Company

— Arturo Rosales, Programs Director of International Business Units The Boeing Company

— Adalio T. Sanchez, General Manager, eServer pSeries IBM Systems Group

— Ralph G. Tourino, Vice President, Systems Integration Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Company

— Jorge A. Valdes, Vice President, Engineering Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.

— Rafael de la Vega, President BellSouth Latin America

— Oscar Velasco, Vice President Siemens Medical Systems

— Miriam Vializ-Briggs, Vice President, Marketing IBM Grid Computing Business Unit

— Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and COO Whitehead Institute

— Gloria Ysasi-Diaz, Senior Vice President, Process Management R Donnelley

Representing the academic community are:

— Miguel A. Nevarez, President University of Texas, Pan American

— Eloy Rodriquez, Ph.D. James A. Perkins Endowed Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Cornell University



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