Message from Dr. Stephen Priselac


Comments/Questions from nCASE Executive Director:


Many of our partnering locations enjoyed successful summer STEM teacher and student programs and moved directly into their comprehensive fall STEM outreach initiatives.  For the purposes of this message, I wish to focus on an outstanding event taking place this week. 


Nancy and I will be attending the 28th Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), sponsored by Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), October 5-9 in Anaheim, California.  It is always a fabulous experience. 


This event celebrates the incredible technical achievements of our nation's top engineering and science talent.  As the nation’s most prestigious stage for honoring excellence and building and reinforcing networks, the Conference is the place where thousands of the finest minds convene--from top executives and innovative professionals to the brightest STEM students. 


During the Conference, GMiS awards merit-based scholarships ranging from $500-$10,000 to the most deserving under-represented Hispanic students to continue their educations.  Thousands of applications are submitted from graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students.  The caliber of the recipients is extremely impressive.  Nancy and I can't wait to see who receives recognition this year.


The HENAAC also provides tremendous networking and learning opportunities for those interested in STEM:


  • Provides networking for more than 1,000 college students to showcase their technical aptitude;
  • Connects educators to STEM innovations through the robust K-12 Educators Institute;
  • Hosts over 400 middle and high school students through the Viva Technology Program, which for more than 13 years has reached over 100,000 students, parents and teachers in 18 states and the District of Columbia; and
  • Career & Graduate School Fair Exhibits where organization's share their career opportunities with the university students in attendance.


We wish GMiS the best as the week unfolds. And, we are honored to be one of its partners in preparing a new, diverse generation of STEM excellence and innovation across the nation.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Stephen M. Priselac
nCASE Executive Director