Dr. Hector Carrasco, Dean of the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies at Colorado State University-Pueblo, will be honored next month as the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES). The MAES Board of Directors and the Bravo Awards 2009 Selection Committee named Carrasco the recipient of the Outstanding MAEStro Award as an outstanding Latino educator and role model as well as for a career of service to the Hispanic community and MAES.
The award will be presented on Friday, November 6 as part of the Medalla de Oro and Bravo Awards Gala Banquet in Las Vegas, NV at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of professional engineers to advance and increase the number of Latinos, especially those of Mexican American descent, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by creating opportunities and fostering recognition through its professional, technical, and outreach activities. MAES promotes, cultivates, and honors excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.
“Knowing the accomplishments of prior recipients, I am honored to receive this award. I strongly believe in the MAES mission and am convinced that careers in science and engineering are the best avenues to impact society and earn a decent living,” Carrasco said. ”For minorities and first generation college students in particular, science and engineering careers can be the gateway to prosperity.”
Carrasco has served as the Dean the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies since 2000. Prior positions include Dean of College of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at CSU-Pueblo, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering at CSU-Pueblo, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Engineering Design Graphics at Texas A&M University and Director of Engineering Opportunities at the University of Texas at El Paso.
He received his doctoral degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986 and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UT-El Paso in 1975 and 1970. Carrasco has more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and administration in higher education.
Carrasco is the faculty advisor to the CSU-Pueblo Student Chapter and has started three MAES chapters here in Pueblo, including a student chapter at Pueblo Community College and the MAES Southern Colorado Professional Chapter. He served as the first faculty advisor to a student chapter at the University of Texas - El Paso and was the first faculty advisor to the student chapter at Texas A&M University. The UT-El Paso and Texas A&M chapters now are two of the largest chapters in the country. Two of his former student chapter presidents, Richard Martinez at UT-El Paso and Maria Pizarro at Texas A&M went on to serve as MAES national presidents during their professional careers.
Carrasco is an active member of MAES, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Coalition of Pueblo Engineers (COPE). He serves on the MAES Advisory Council on Educational Excellence, Treasurer of the MAES Southern Colorado Chapter, and on Treasurer of COPE. Carrasco is active within the community serving on Pueblo 2010 Commission, the Pueblo Chemical Depot Reuse Commission, the Rosemont Museum Board, and the 2010 Learning Task Force.
The MAES Bravo Awards are a ground breaking and industry leading initiative created in direct response to feedback by industry representatives and the membership of MAES on the growing need to identify Latino Role models. Since the early days of the organization in 1974 when the first “medulla de Oro” was presented, MAES has sought to recognized excellence among the best and brightest Latino engineers and scientists.
The MAES Bravo Awards divide the Pre-College to Professional Pipeline into segments and highlight the achievements of role models within those segments. By targeting each segment of the pipeline, MAES is able to recognize excellence and inspire individuals at every level of career development and in any technical segment. This approach is unique in that it builds on the strengths of MAES Outreach Programs and is based on the Philosophy that role models are needed in all phases of the career pipeline from kindergarten through executive.