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Alumnus David Olivencia Gets STEM Executive Excellence Award

November 27, 2012

                     David Olivencia

STEM Award Winner: David Olivencia encourages more youths, especially minorities, toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Great Minds in STEM has awarded its 2012 Executive Excellence in Technology Award to Rose-Hulman alumnus David Olivencia, Verizon's Director of IT Strategy and Planning.

Award winners represent highly accomplished science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals who have achieved academic and professional success in their respective fields and private sectors. They serve as role models to aspiring STEM students and private industry professionals.

Olivencia, a 1994 electrical engineering alumnus, is responsible for IT Strategy and Communications to enable Verizon's business imperatives. He also serves on the board of Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute with 10 members of the U.S. Congress, and is co-founder and board member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council.

"My STEM education and career have enabled many opportunities for me and it is vital that we put more resources into STEM to ensure America's future economic prosperity and competiveness," he stated at the awards ceremony.

Olivenica has also been honored with Hispanic Business Magazine's Most Influential Hispanics in America, Latino Leaders Magazine Maestro Award for Innovation, and Crain's Detroit 40-under-40 Award.