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T318·Tuesday Lunch
Tue. April 16, 2019 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
Grand Ballroom , Marriott Crystal Gateway
Session Description

Free ticketed event
Featuring remarks from ASEE Women in Engineering Division past chair, Dr. Beena Sukumaran

Keynote Speaker:

Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories

Sandra Begay is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where she leads Sandia’s technical efforts to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribes with their renewable energy developments. She manages and supervises Sandia’s Indian Energy Internship Program for the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy.

Sandra received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories before earning an M.S. in structural engineering from Stanford University. She has been with Sandia for 26 years.

A former University of New Mexico Regent/Trustee, Sandra continues to serve UNM through Board service to STC.UNM, the Alumni Association, and as Civil Engineering Adviser.

A recent recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Life-time Achievement Award, Sandra has been recognized with the University of New Mexico’s 2007 Zia Alumnus Award, the 2005 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Stanford University 2000 Multicultural Alumni of the Year Award. She was also selected as a recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.

Sandra and her work is recognized in the book Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers. The "Women in Power" chapter describes her effort to provide electricity through solar panels and other alternative energy solutions to hundreds of remote tribal members on the Navajo Reservation.

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