Hubbard wins national achievement award
Submitted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation held its 24th annual Conference on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Excellence and the Pursuit of Innovation Oct. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.
Among the events was a recognition ceremony for several national level awardees. HENAAC recognized Class of 2014 Cadet Steven F. Hubbard Jr., Co. G-4, as a recipient of the Cadet Role Model Award.
This recognition is bestowed upon “a cadet who has distinguished himself academically while pursuing a degree in an engineering, science or technical course of study and represents his academy with dignity and pride.”
Presiding over the award was Clarence Johnson, director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity; Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general; and Ray Mellado, chairman and CEO of Great Minds in STEM.
“The whole experience was humbling,” Hubbard said about receiving the award. “This was the greatest public recognition I have ever received.”
An individual who studies mathematics and exercises this passion and knowledge with others is locally referred to as a ‘mathlete’—and Hubbard epitomizes this moniker. He is a dual major in both Mathematical Sciences (with honors) and Spanish, with a 4.0 GPA. His most recent accomplishments include being a Dean’s Pentathlete (for academic excellence) and forging strategic connections as an academy representative at la Escuela Militar de Chile during a cultural immersion experience with the Chilean Army.
Hubbard addressed the more than 500 conference attendees and he shared his personal journey at West Point, his future goals and ambitions and his guidance for other students.
Class of 2014 Cadet Steven F. Hubbard Jr. receives a 2012 Cadet Role Model Award at the 24th annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation event Oct. 11. Presiding over the presentation (from left to right), was Clarence Johnson, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity director; Hubbard; Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers; and Ray Mellado, Chairman and CEO of Great Minds in STEM. Courtesy Photo
Hubbard continues his journey for deeper intellectual and cultural understanding as he prepares to study abroad for a semester in Mexico focusing on mathematics, the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
His message to the future generation of engineers was to take ownership of their own educational opportunities and also to mentor, assist and lead others to follow in similar footsteps.
“Take full advantage of your opportunities and look for ways to share your opportunities with others to better mankind,” Hubbard said. When asked if he considered himself a role model, Hubbard replied, “I do now.”
Hubbard’s professional goal is to synthesize his knowledge of language, mathematics and service by becoming an Army officer in the Engineer Branch upon graduating from West Point.