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2013 STEM Summit I

April 15, 2013
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building – Room B338

Ensuring America’s Competitiveness: Latinos Solving the Workforce Crisis in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry”
Moderated by CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Daniel Lind

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Latinos are the fastest growing demographic, making up the youngest and largest minority labor pool. At the same time, the oil & gas industry is facing a crisis – over half of the technical workforce is set to retire in the coming decade, right at the cusp of an energy and economic boom, where the US is becoming energy independent – a notion thought impossible just a few years ago. The primary issue facing the Latino community is attaining the basic qualifications for these opportunities, which require at least a high school diploma, at a time when Latinos have the lowest high school graduation rate. This panel will examine the energy workforce crisis taking place in the oil & gas industry today and the scramble to find talent, in time enough to keep America’s momentum on track to becoming an energy independent nation and how the Latino workforce explosion can meet these needs – if the education gap is filled.

Join CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Daniel Lind as he leads a discussion on the unique opportunity posed to the Latino community in taking advantage of the great changeover occurring in the energy industry and the educational challenges that lie directly in the path of furthering the economic development of the US.


Erwin Hernaez: U.S. University Recruiting and Relations Manager, Baker Hughes Incorporated

Emir José Macari, Ph.D.: Dean and Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science/Chair of Workforce Development CSU, Sacramento/Hispanics in Energy

Elena Melchert: Petroleum Engineer/Senior Program Manager Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Merwyn Scott: Director of the Office of Minority Community Organizing & Partnerships, National Education Association

Sidney Bonilla: Recruitment and Marketing Representative, MD Pipe Trades Association, United Association

Carlos Rodriguez, Ph.D.: STEM Chief Scientist, Washington, D.C.

The 2013 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.