Enrique “Rick” Barrera, professor of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University, has received the Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award from ASM International, formerly known as the American Society for Metals.
Barrera’s citation reads: “For fostering a love for science and learning in elementary and secondary students and for providing opportunities for participation by women, minorities, and disabled persons in science, mathematics, and engineering and for actively mentoring women and underrepresented minority undergraduate students.”
He is a cluster lead for the Rice chapter of the National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, which focuses on moving under-represented students in science and engineering to the Ph.D. level and the professoriate. Barrera has already received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2002) and the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award Conference Award (2003).
The Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award, established in 1960, was named for the teacher of metallurgy at the University of Michigan and co-founder of ASM, who became its president in 1921. Barerra will be honored at the annual ASM International Awards Dinner during Materials Science and Technology 2018.