The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers awarded Jeny Teheran, a computer security analyst at Fermilab, the 2020-2021 Excellence in Leadership Award. She currently serves as the president of the Fermilab chapter of SHPE, known as fSHPE. Teheran received this award for a second year in a row for her support to SHPE workforce pipeline initiatives.
A founding member of the Fermilab chapter, Teheran served fSHPE as the inaugural outreach coordinator in 2017. During her time in that position, she focused on creating connections with professional and student SHPE chapters around the Chicago area. These connections helped fSHPE to host successful events with the local community around the lab and to win the bid for the SHPE Regional Leadership Development Conference 2020.
Due to the current pandemic, the conference was postponed and instead held as a Fermilab-hosted virtual conference in 2021. To make it happen, Teheran, along with Julian Badillo and Lorena Lobato (also Fermilab employees and members of SHPE Fermilab), worked for months with SHPE national headquarters and the regional leadership teams to organize a virtual version of the event. RLDC 2021 brought together over 700 attendees including undergraduate and graduate students, professional engineers and recruiters from the Midwest and the East coast for a rich two-day learning and networking experience.
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