The National GEM Consortium has given Fermilab engineer Ryan Rivera a Young Alumni Leadership Award. The consortium recognizes and celebrates Rivera’s role as an influential leader, his commitment and passion for public service, and his dedication to creating better opportunities for members of underrepresented groups in STEM-related fields.
Rivera will be honored at GEM’s 43rd Annual Conference and Gala in September in Chicago. He worked at Fermilab as a GEM fellow from 2003-05 and is currently an electrical engineer who works on data acquisition systems for high-energy physics experiments.
GEM envisions a U.S. STEM workforce where all are valued and empowered to realize their fullest potential through parity of access to senior levels, leading to scientific advancement that drives global innovation and maximizes social and economic impact. GEM’s mission is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. GEM prepares technical leaders for advanced careers in industry, academia and government agencies by identifying and selecting highly qualified GEM fellows to complete a program of graduate study and internships.