Dr. Romero-Mariona honored with a 2019 HENAAC STEM Hero Award

Great Minds in STEM recognized one of NIWC Pacific's quiet heroes, Dr. Jose Romero-Mariona, during its annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference, Sept. 26, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Romero-Mariona was honored with a 2019 HENAAC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Hero Award for his role as a leader for cyber innovation and as the head of NIWC Pacific's Cyber Science and Technology Branch.

Romero-Mariona's research revolves around the concepts of cybersecurity, non-traditional systems (like critical infrastructures), and usability. He has proposed and successfully secured funding on more than 20 projects from various sponsors, ranging from breakthrough mathematical and cryptographic work, to mobile computing security, to critical infrastructures-related research. His work has produced over 50 scientific publications as well as multiple patents. 

Furthermore, Romero-Mariona hosts more than a dozen summer STEM interns in his laboratory, ranging from high school to graduate students, while also mentoring students from Southwestern College, interns from the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as military veteran students.

For almost 30 years, HENAAC has honored the nation's best and brightest Hispanic engineers, scientists and technology experts. HENAAC's core mission is to spotlight outstanding role models who can inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and motivate professionals to connect with the Hispanic community.

Congratulations, Dr. Jose Romero-Mariona!​

For more information, please contact Patric Petrie in the NIWC Pacific Public Affairs Office at (619) 553-4395 or email Arlene.petrie@navy.mil.

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