Three Northrop Grumman employees were honored over the weekend at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), held Oct. 6-8 in Orlando, Fla.
Noe E. Rodriguez II was awarded for Professional Achievement in Industry. Rodriguez is credited with six patents, 16 patent disclosures and numerous acknowledgments of his contributions to military and civilian branches. He leads a team of 46 employees out of Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore electronic sector.
Rodriguez is considered by many as a trendsetter for future generations of engineers and scientists. Rodriguez is an adjunct professor at a community college and has continued his work tutoring local high school students for many years.
HENAAC also recognized Guadalupe O. Delgado, Jr. as the Most Promising Engineer or Scientist – Undergraduate Degree category. Delgado, out of the aerospace sector in Palmdale, Calif., has been involved in analyzing and developing manufacturing processes for major composite assembly and visual aid definition on the production line.
Delgado has worked with children in low-income families and created a middle school lunchtime tutoring/mentoring program for Lennox Middle School, located near the Los Angeles airport with a 95 percent Hispanic enrollment. This program has grown to include dozens of Northrop Grumman volunteers and more than a hundred student participants.
In addition, Roldofo Loera was honored for his Outstanding Community Service efforts. Loera, a program manager for Northrop Grumman’s Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program, oversees 500 employees in various cities and hundreds of subcontractor employees throughout the nation.
Loera is a leader in a number of community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. He provides classroom “Out-of the Box Engineering” presentations and provides tutoring and mentoring services. Loera also hosts company facility tours for students in Southern California middle schools serving low-income Hispanics.