STC Board of Directors Chair Sandra Begay is featured in the 2018 New Mexico Women of STEM calendar. Ms. Begay is a Principal Member of the Sandia National Laboratory Technical Staff. She heads Sandia’s technical efforts in the DOE Renewable Energy Program to assist Native American tribes with renewable energy development. She also created and runs the DOE/Sandia innovative summer internship program for Native American undergrad and graduate STEM students. The students come from universities and colleges across the U.S. to learn about and work on renewable and alternative energy projects. Ms. Begay recently received the Alumni Circle Award from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) for her lifetime contributions to the advancement of Native American students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.
To learn more about all the women featured in the calendar, see the December 13, 2017 article, “2018 New Mexico Women of STEM calendar now available,” from the UNM Newsroom, reprinted below.
2018 New Mexico Women of STEM calendar now available
Twelve pioneering STEM women, including four with ties to The University of New Mexico, will be featured in the 2018 New Mexico Women of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) calendar.
The theme for this year’s calendar is the “Passion Flower,” signifying the passion that guided these women to pursue their careers. These women represent the diversity of New Mexico and they were chosen for the grace and grit at which they pursue life and career.
The calendar, sponsored by the Supercomputing Challenge, is sent to middle and high school math and science teachers throughout the state to be used as posters that model successful women in STEM-related fields in an effort to create student interest.
Honorees featured in the calendar from UNM include Karissa Culbreath M.D., Department of Pathology, Valerie Romero-Leggott M.D., Health Sciences Center/Office of Diversity, and Lydia Tapia, Computer Science Department. Additionally, former UNM Board of Regent Sandra Begay, now with Sandia National Laboratories, is also featured in the calendar.
Additional honorees include:
- Anita Lee Gallegos, Leidos
- Marisol Gamboa, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Sara Hartse, Delphix
- Angela Palacios James, New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
- Rochelle Larson, CDM Smith
- Hanna Makaruk, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Marie Reyes, South Valley Academy
- Katie Richardson, Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich – State Science and Development
The calendar is made possible with donations from the Albert I Pierce Foundation, DataONE, EPSCoR, Lodestar Reinsurance, UNM STEM-H and the Office of Diversity, and two private donations.
Individuals may purchase the calendar as a gift of inspiration. The calendar cost is $5. Shipping is also available at an additional cost of $5. Calendars may be purchased using a credit card or via PayPal via the link on the Challenge website.
Founded in 1990, the Supercomputing Challenge is a not for profit educational organization that sponsors an annual computational science competition for middle and high school students in New Mexico. Over 25 years, the Supercomputing Challenge, which is run like an academic marathon, has engaged over 10,000 New Mexico students in computational science projects that prepare them for future endeavors in science and high-technology fields.
Past participants have succeeded in private industry at companies such as Cray computers, and have become research scientists at Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Major funding for the Supercomputing Challenge comes from National Laboratories, local businesses and individual donors.
For more information, visit Supercomputing Challenge.