Army Research Lab engineer named 2017 STEM Hero

October 13, 2017

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Miguel Hinojosa, ARL electronics engineer, has been selected as a 2017 STEM Hero by Great Minds in STEM for his significant contributions to advancing Army-relevant technology.
  • Great Minds in STEM is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, especially in the underserved communities.

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 13, 2017) -- A U.S. Army Research Laboratory engineer has been selected as a 2017 STEM Hero by Great Minds in STEM. Dr. Miguel Hinojosa, ARL electronics engineer, was nominated for his significant contributions to advancing Army-relevant technology in high-power switches and circuits.

Great Minds in STEM is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, especially in the underserved communities.

The organization's nationwide programing focuses on STEM educational awareness and on seeking out and documenting the world-class contributions of Hispanic professionals in STEM to serve as role models for the next generation of American engineers and scientists.

"It is a great honor to have been chosen for the 2017 STEM Military and Civilian Heroes award by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation committee from among many bright and talented scientists and engineers," Hinojosa said. "I am humbled and thankful for this recognition, and I would like to thank the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, ARL, Texas Tech University and my family for their continuing support of my career in engineering. I hope more students of this generation find STEM concepts fun, enjoyable and challenging as I do, and that they pursue jobs in these innovative and world-changing areas."

According to Hinojosa, to keep America technologically strong, the Department of Defense labs must invest and promote STEM fields that lead to discoveries and innovations.

"Recent research suggests that currently, the U.S. lags behind other advanced nations in math and science scores," Hinojosa said. "Therefore, it is important for research laboratories to partner with academia and industry to inspire, guide, train and mentor future generations. Today, 75 percent of the workforce at ARL consists of scientists and engineers. This workforce is currently working on technology that will be used by the Warfighter 10 to 20 years from now. To keep this leading edge, it is imperative to build and maintain a competitive and diverse pool of applicants to meet future demands."

Among his many accomplishments, Hinojosa has been involved in the development of an ultra-compact generator with world-class energy density supporting specialized military requirements, modeling and evaluation of a new class of high-voltage power semiconductors that have the potential to revolutionize power switching for a broad class of commercial, industrial and military applications, and the development of new research methods to safely evaluate these high-voltage devices.

According to Bruce Geil, chief of ARL's Power Conditioning Branch, Hinojosa is a very talented young engineer who is demonstrating uncommon commitment, desire and capability to expand Army capabilities in high-voltage devices and circuits.

"Miguel's unique background has enabled him to excel in both theoretical and applied engineering, making him a role model for other engineers and scientists," Geil said. "As he develops his technical career, he is also increasing his efforts to encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider opportunities in STEM fields by realizing and utilizing new opportunities made possible by ARL outreach programs."

Geil said that while still early in his career, Hinojosa's leadership potential is evident based on his research and outreach endeavors.

"His loyalty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and willingness to take on technical and programmatic challenges have ensured that his efforts to further critical technology for military and civilian applications is executed with the utmost care for his customers, stakeholders, fellow employees and the taxpayer.

Hinojosa will accept his award Oct. 19 at Great Minds in STEM's annual HENAAC Conference.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: October 13, 2017