27/12/2011: FILIPINO ENGINEERING PROFESSOR RECEIVES AWARD FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA
Philippine Consulate General
447 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108
December 19, 2011
FILIPINO ENGINEERING PROFESSOR RECEIVES
AWARD FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA
Pres. Barack Obama addressing the awardees. Dr. Enriquez in fourth from left
(in red tie). Official White House photo/ National Science Foundation
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is pleased to report that it joined in honoring Filipino Engineering Professor, Dr. Amelito Enriquez, at a reception held on 15 December 2011 at the Cañada College, Redwood City, California. The reception was held after Dr. Enriquez had just returned from Washington D.C. where he received an award from President Barack Obama for being one nine recipients of the US Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
According to the US National Science Foundation, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the President to individuals and organizations in recognition of the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering, particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields.
Dr. Enriquez, who was nominated by his students and colleagues at the Cañada College, is credited with helping develop several programs that help students from underrepresented communities pursue degrees in science, math and engineering. His programs include The Math Jam, which is a two-week intensive program and the Summer Engineering Institute, in cooperation with the Francisco State University and a 10-week internship program for engineering students funded by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Dr. Enriquez has been an exceptional student since his elementary days in Novaliches, Quezon City. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1984 with a degree in Geodetic Engineering. He came to the United States in 1987 where he continued his studies, earning an M.S. in Geodetic Science, Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine. He has been a Professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College for 17 years.
Deputy Consul General Alfonso Ver presents the Certificate of Commendation
signed by Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. to Dr. Amelito Enriquez
At the reception in his honor, Dr. Enriquez said that he shared the award with the entire Cañada College faculty, staff and students. He reiterated his love for teaching and encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering. In recognition of his achievement, Dr. Enriquez received certificates from California State and Redwood City officials and legislators as well as a commendation from the Philippine Consulate General. He was also invited to participate in the Post’s program of partnering with the Filipino American scientists, engineers and techno-professionals in the Bay Area who are giving back to the Philippines by improving science, engineering and technology education for our Kababayans back home.