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NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award

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NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award 

White Plains. N.Y. - - The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Karina Quintana, a NACME Scholar Ambassador, has been recognized with the DiscoverE College Edition Award. The award recognizes 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students who display a singular commitment to effecting positive change through substantive, real world applications of their skills and training.

“We are proud that one of our scholar ambassadors will be receiving this coveted award,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “To stay competitive in the years ahead, the United States will need to develop a robust engineering workforce. Ensuring that our engineering workforce reflects the diversity of America will only make us stronger.”

Karina Quintana Serves as NACME Scholar Ambassador at Florida International University (FIU).Initially planning to be a pre-law major, Karina switched to engineering during her college orientation after seeing a video of the amazing projects FIU’s engineering school was working on. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the electromagnetic lab at her school where she developed a compact, wearable antenna using a printable Conformal Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance (CSCMR) method for wireless power transfer. This device will allow patients to be monitored from the comfort of their own homes.

"Research has served as my personal grounding and my motivation to strive and succeed in school,” says Ms. Quintana. "It is a constant that offers the exhilaration of discovery; it requires persistence, challenges creativity, and requires me to take risks and dream big. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree and specialize in industry as a radio frequency engineer.”

As a NACME Scholar Ambassador, Ms. Quintana is among a select group of 34 students nationwide who represent NACME on their respective campuses. Scholar ambassadors coordinate student participation in webinars and phone conferences, foster internship preparation, professional networking, and facilitate social media activity.



About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

About DiscoverE: The DiscoverE’s mission is to strengthen and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism.