Inspiring Leaders in STEM at UTRGV


Inspiring Leaders in STEM at UTRGV

Magazine recognizes provost, faculty

UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Havidán Rodríguez is an Inspiring Leader in STEM according to INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Two UTRGV faculty members join him in the distinction, Karen Lozano and Marie Mora.

The three will appear in the September issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, along with 39 other recipients. The Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of STEM.

Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, said many of those working in STEM fields, especially those from underrepresented groups, are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship to others.

“We want to honor the many professionals who are inspirations to their colleagues, their community, and to young people who may be interested in a future career in STEM,” Pearlstein said. “We are proud to honor these leaders as role models to all.”

Havidan Rodriguez
Havidan Rodriguez

UTRGV’s award honorees

Rodriguez, a researcher on the social-science aspects of disasters, has been a advocate for programs to support undergraduate and graduate involvement in research.

He is also the principal investigator of a five-year ADVANCE institutional transformation grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant aims to increase the representation and advancement of women faculty, especially Latinas, in STEM.

Karen Lozano

Lozano, a Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor in mechanical engineering, is a top researcher in the field of nanotechnology. A 2015 Great Minds in STEM Engineer of the Year, Lozano and a fellow faculty member invented a more efficient way to produce nanofibers. This led to the creation of the university’s first startup company, FibeRio Technology Corporation.

Through grants, she has provided students the opportunity to work with faculty on the development of polymeric and nanoparticle-based materials and devices.

Marie Mora
Marie Mora

Mora, a professor of economics and associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity, is nationally recognized for her research on Hispanic socioeconomic outcomes. She currently directs the American Economic Association’s national mentoring program to support graduate students.

At UTRGV, she worked with Rodríguez on the ADVANCE grant. She also played a major role in the formation of UTRGV’s Women’s Faculty Network designed to advance women faculty in STEM.