HENAAC 2008 LUMINARY HONOREES ANNOUNCED

August 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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HENAAC is proud to announce the 5th Annual Luminary Honorees. This year’s Luminaries represent top professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each honoree is recognized for his/her contributions to the Hispanic technical community as a leader and role model. This year, we are happy to present the largest Luminary class with extraordinary engineers and scientists from corporate, government, and military sectors. Luminaries will be honored at two separate events on Friday, October 10, 2008 at the HENAAC Conference which will be held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, TX on October 9-12, 2008.

Captain Mordechai Levin, CAP USAF Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol
Executive Director
Masterflight Foundation



Captain Mordechai Levin, Civil Air Patrol, believes the civil rights movement passed over the aerospace, engineering, and scientific communities. To remedy this, he created a cadre of aerospace education leaders who visit K-12 classrooms to inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals. His programs are designed to reach out to young women and people of color. As Executive Director of the Masterflight Foundation, he produced and implemented Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) programs to create role models who could inspire youngsters form diverse populations.

Captain Levin communicates his message passionately, pointing out that, because women and people of color comprise less than 6% of airline transport pilots, and other upper-echelon technical and executive positions, students from these groups are less likely to envision themselves pursuing careers in these fields.

During 2008, Captain Levin conceived and implemented the Masterflight Aerospace Career Exploration Academy (ACE), a week-long residential summer program for high school students hosted at Aurora University that exposes students to opportunities in the aerospace industry. Students fly airplanes, experience instruction in aerodynamics, Air Traffic control communications, and navigation. They meet with astronauts, participate in Mission Control simulations, visit FAA control towers, and launch rockets.

Captain Levin attended Marlboro College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Physiology. He attended Nachliel Institute where he earned his Master’s degree in Talmudic Law.

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