Reprint from GMA Network:
United States president Barack Obama recently conferred on a US-based Filipino engineering professor a US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco reported that Obama conferred the award on Dr. Amelito Enriquez and eight other recipients in Washington D.C.
Enriquez graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1984 with a degree in Geodetic Engineering.
He went to the United States in 1987 where he continued his studies, earning an M.S. in Geodetic Science at the Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Irvine.
Enriquez has been a Professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College for 17 years.
“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,” the Consulate General said.
A news release of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Enriquez’s programs include The Math Jam, a two-week intensive program and the Summer Engineering Institute, in cooperation with the San Francisco State University.
Enriquez was also credited for a 10-week internship program for engineering students funded by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Quoting the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Consulate General said 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.