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Asian American Engineer of the Year honors three Sandia Employees

February 27, 2012 - 12:05pm


Hongyou Fan, Ming Lau and Rekha Rao, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, have received the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award (AAEOY), Sandia reported today. They are among 19 people across the United States to receive this award. 

The program recognizes outstanding Asian American professionals in science and engineering for their technical achievement and public service. It was launched in 2002 and is organized by the Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA (CIE-USA), founded in 1917.

AAEOY honored Fan for his technical work, his mentoring of the next generation of U.S. engineers and for his community service to K-12 education. Fan has been with Sandia since 2000 and is a principal member of technical staff. His research focuses on assembly and engineering of nanostructured materials and revealing their structure and property relationship for device integration. 

Lau joined Sandia in 1981. He was honored by AAEOY for his sustained contributions to stewardship of nuclear weapons systems in the U.S. stockpile. As a senior manager at Sandia/California the past three years, he oversees three nuclear weapons system engineering departments and one engineering services department. 

Rao is a principal member of technical staff. She was honored by AAEOY for her contribution to the development of numerical models for improving manufacturing processes while supporting future scientists and public education.She joined Sandia in 1990 and is a finite element software developer and analyst for computational fluid dynamics and multiphysics applications, including free and moving boundary problems and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. 

Kimberly Admire Adams, vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Programs at Lockheed Martin Corp., said AAEOY “provides an opportunity to recognize talented Asian American men and women for their contributions in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and leadership.”

To see the orignial post of this annoucement, view Sandia's site here.