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GMiS Luminary Spotlight: José Figueroa of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Congratulations José D. Figueroa, Carbon Capture Team Supervisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, and now a GMiS 2021 Luminary Award winner!

GMiS Luminary honorees represent professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who initiate, collaborate, and lead key programs and research within their companies. These individuals have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.

As we kick off our 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, Great Minds in STEM will be highlighting members of our Class of 2021 Luminary honorees, comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.

Our fourth spotlighted Luminary of the week is José Figueroa, Carbon Capture Team Supervisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he promotes the integration of research and business needs in the lab’s valiant efforts to mitigate the effects of carbon emissions for the global climate emergency.

With 29 years of experience in the power generation industry spanning both the private and public sectors, Mr. Figueroa has worked in areas from commercial-scale construction and demonstration projects to the management of breakthrough concept research and development projects.

He supervises, mentors, and provides technical oversight to a team of project managers for 103 projects that support the Carbon Capture Program valued at approximately $676 million.

A Hispanic-American with a genealogy from Honduras to Jordan, Mr. Figueroa is the son of immigrants and was raised in New York City, where he learned English as a second language in both the public and Catholic school systems.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College before attending the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business for his MBA.

Mr. Figueroa has mentored and advised executives, professionals, professors, and students through professional, social, and other communication media to support STEM-related careers and business development within the local community.

See Mr. Figueroa’s acceptance speech here and congratulations to the entire Class of 2021 GMiS Luminary honorees. Stay tuned for more exemplary Hispanic professionals in STEM as Week 1 of the GMiS Virtual Conference continues!