Professional Award Winners
[American Indian Science
and Engineering Society]
Congratulations to these select leaders and innovatore chosen from a highly competitive pool of professional candidates. They represent the cream of the crop in professional STEM achievement and leadership. Each will be honored at the 2012 AISES National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska on November 1-3.
Professional of the Year
Jeff Kinneeveauk was born and raised in Point Hope, Alaska, a rural village not accessible by road. He became skilled in many Inupiat customs like dancing, language, whaling, drumming and leadership.
Kinneeveauk graduated from Anchorage Bartlett High School in 1992 and then attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho on a basketball scholarship. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics with an emphasis in Engineering.
Shortly after graduating he moved back to Alaska and began working for ASRC, an Alaska-based company he interned with while in college. After just 11 years in a management position Jeff was named CEO of ASRC Energy Services and now oversees the $635M company with 4,000 employees.
Jeff has a keen ability to balance financial benefits of partnering with major oil companies that drill offshore and representing the environmental concerns of his own culture that depend on whaling for survival. He is active role model in his community and is deeply connected to his culture.
Award for Executive Excellence
Linda Benson Kusumoto has a long history of executive excellence in both the Federal Government and private sector.
Prior to her current position at the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, Linda held many senior positions in IT Management. She began as a Computer Specialist, became a Manager in 11 years and a Senior Manager in 15 years.
Linda now oversees 32 Department of Defense Navy Information Systems projects. She provides vital checks and balances across the engineering units. She also manages a $60,000,000 portfolio that includes financial, human resources, strategic planning, medical, force protection, logistics, supply management, and Homeland Security systems.
During the Tsimshian 110th year celebration, Linda was formally welcomed into the Killer Whale Clan. Linda also serves as a mentor and role model to young Tsimshian members.
Award for Technical Excellence
C. Scott Nordahl was born to an Alaska Native mother and adopted by non-native parents at two weeks of age. His family moved 14 times by the time he was 19 years old.
At the University of Washington, Scott reconnected with his native heritage through the Minority Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) and AISES. He served as AISES Chapter President during his last two years in college.
Through a Minority Engineering Fellowship, Scott attended Penn State University and earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Ceramic Science. He then joined Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in 2007 as a Senior Engineer and soon became the Technical Lead for Nano Composite Optical Ceramic (NCOC) program.
Scott and his team have won several contracts for nanotechnology research and development. His most recent project is a follow-on program to develop nanocomposites with application for Long Wave Infra Red systems.
Scott is active in the community as well. He's coordinated and supported several Boston Museum of Science events that promote engineering and science careers choices among K-8 students.
Award for Most Promising Engineer or
Lauren Wolf is a tool design engineer for The Boeing Company in South Carolina. Her job is to design and modify aerospace manufacturing tools that meet safety, ergonomic and regulatory requirements for various production lines.
Lauren was one of the youngest industrial engineers on the new Dreamliner 787 Final Assembly team. She also co-led a team that created site-wide metrics in safety, quality, performance-to-plan, schedule and cost.
Lauren has also worked for Lockheed Martin as a quality engineer supporting the Hellfire II and DAGR missile programs and Apache helicopter fire control systems.
Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University. She holds a certificate in Lean Manufacturing from the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence. She is currently a master’s of science candidate in Human Factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lauren is active in the
Society of Women Engineers, AISES, the Institute of Industrial
Engineers and serves on the National Advisory Board for the
National Association of Engineering Student Councils. She also
helped found the Women in Aviation chapter in