UTRGV Professor recipient of Presidential Excellence Award

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Dr. Karen Lozano (Source: UTRGV Press Release)

One University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley Professor has received a high award.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Dr. Karen Lozano, the Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor in mechanical engineering and director of the UTRGV Nanotechnology Center of Excellence, was named a recipient of the Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring by President Donald J. Trump.

“I was so surprised, and I was so thankful for my former, my current and my future mentees,” said Lozano in a press release.

The award recognizes exemplary mentoring for at least five years.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey was incredibly proud of Lozano.

“UTRGV is committed to student success, and Dr. Lozano embodies that commitment with the tireless support and mentorship she provides, not only to university students but to students throughout the Rio Grande Valley,” Bailey said in a press release.

Each mentoring award recipient receives a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a certificate signed by the President of the United States. Lozano will attend the award ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this week, according to a release.

Lozano already has won numerous awards. In 2018, the native of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, was named one of the country’s “Mexicanos Distinguidos” by the Government of Mexico’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad.

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