FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2004
Three Sandia employees named to Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine top 50 list
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three employees from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Sandia National Laboratories have been selected as part of the “50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business” list for 2004 by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine.
The three are Francisco Figueroa, Lenny Martinez, and Sid Gutierrez.
Figueroa has been vice president and chief financial officer for Sandia since 1997. He is responsible for the Integrated Enabling Services Strategic Management Unit as well as finance, business services, facilities and construction, procurement, logistics, pension and savings fund management, and prime contract administration. He also has held the position for vice president and chief financial officer for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Martinez is vice president of Manufacturing Systems, Science & Technology at Sandia. He joined Sandia in 1995 as director of Production Integration, a center created to integrate lab culture, manufacturing culture, and some private sector initiatives in support of the manufacturing operation to produce neutron generators.
Gutierrez is the director of the Monitoring Systems and Technology Center and the Systems Assessment and Research Center at Sandia. Prior to joining Sandia in 1994 he served as an Air Force fighter pilot/test pilot and NASA astronaut/shuttle commander. He serves on a number of boards and commissions including the Board of Regents of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the New Mexico Space Commission, and the National Advisory Board for the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Honorees are chosen for this annual list for their outstanding work in technology and their leadership of the institutions that reside there. This list includes many of the nation’s highest-achieving Hispanic executives, managers, and researchers in industry, government, and academia.
For the first time, the 50 most important exemplars will gather this year for a colloquium and awards dinner where increasing minority entrepreneurship, executive development, and educational readiness for the “Digital Economy” will be discussed. The event is set for Friday, Sept. 17 in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the Emerald Honors Conference, a career development and employee recognition event for minorities in the areas of research science and technology.
The honorees will be featured in the June/July issue of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, which is distributed to Hispanic engineering students; Hispanic engineering, IT, and science professionals; and government and industry policy makers.
Sandia media contact: Michael Padilla, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 284-5325