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Alba Colón, Chevrolet’s Racing Program Manager for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), was recognized for her accomplishments during the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. Colón, who has been the engineer behind some of the sport’s most iconic drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and recent newcomers such as Kyle Larson, was honored with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Award at the September event hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Born in Spain, Colón moved at a young age to Puerto Rico where she began to demonstrate an interest for the STEM field, inspired by female pioneers like Sally Ride. Colón received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez before beginning her career with General Motors. Under her supervision, Chevrolet has now collected 285 race wins , 11 Driver’s Championships and 14 Manufacturers’ Cup, making her one of the most successful and powerful women to enter the sport.
“As a Latina in a traditionally underrepresented field, Alba Colón is a transformative role-model for our community,” José Antonio Tijerino, the president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation stated in a press release. “The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is privileged to honor her with the STEM Award on an evening which will be entertaining, meaningful and inspirational as we present America with the great value Latinos provide. It’s more important than ever to showcase visionary Latinos like Alba and the other Honorees.”
The Hispanic Heritage Awards was held on September 14 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast on October 6 at 10 p.m. EST on PBS.
To learn more about the Hispanic Heritage Foundation visit www.hispanicheritage.org.