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Intel Continues to Support AISES and Native Americans in STEM

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This year’s conference marked the 40th year anniversary for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The mission of AISES is focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers. Intel has been a longtime supporter of AISES and an active partner as a member of their Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) for over 15 years. We believe in their mission and their commitment to achieve Native American representation in STEM careers. In honor of their 40th year anniversary, AISES launched the #PledgeNativesInSTEM campaign in an effort to identify partners who are making a difference in student achievement to join their movement to improve educational outcomes for North American Indigenous students.  Intel quickly signed up to join AISES. With our pledge we commit to:

  • Fund the legacy scholar program which is a $1.32 million Intel-AISES collaboration to support computer science and engineer students each year for the next 4 years.

  • Collaborate with AISES in developing a culturally sensitive computer science curriculum for Native American high school students.

  • Continue to support the Next Generation of Native Americans, an Intel funded program, in collaboration with 3 Navajo Nation high school and Dine college.

While every AISES conference is a special experience this year was especially exciting for us. Four of our very own Intel employees were inducted as Sequoyah Fellows for their commitment to ’mission in STEM’ and to the American Indian community. They bring honor to AISES by engaging in leadership, mentorship, and other acts of service that support the students and professionals in the AISES family. Congratulations Frazer Tee, Corrine Nakashima, Jefferson George, Chris Bartell, and Ryan Rumley on this huge accomplishment.

Intel was also featured in a three minute opening ceremony video where our Chief Diversity & Inclusion officer, Barbara Whye, and Intel employees from the Intel Native American Network and Leadership Council discussed Intel’s commitment to Native American students in STEM – but that’s not all! We also introduced our first “Growing the Legacy of Native Americans Scholarship” recipients who were all honored during our AISES honors luncheon. Each student was selected based on their high level of academic achievement and commitment to their STEM education. We’d like to welcome each one to the Intel family!

This year’s AISES conference was filled with pure excitement and fun! As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all next year!


Meet our new 2017 Intel AISES Scholars

Undergrad Students

Thomas, JoshuaComputer and Information Science and Engineering
Parks, ChristianComputer Science
Rolovic, SerdjanComputer Science
Kirk, AustinComputer Engineering
Drew, DerekComputer Science
Gravelle, DonevanChemical Engineering
Brings Plenty, ConnorComputer and Information Science and Engineering
Stoner, PaulComputer Science
Allison, ShayElectrical Engineering
Briggs, MaxComputer Science
Kerns, StephenComputer Science
Fredericks, AidanElectrical Engineering
Bowman, David JacobMaterial Science
Vancuren, RileyChemical Engineering
Yellowhair, NathanComputer Science
Lynch, KieranElectrical Engineering
Sallee, SierraComputer Science
Holland, DanielComputer Science
Johnson, HunterComputer and Information Science and Engineering
Harper, EmmaComputer and Information Science and Engineering

Upper grad Students

Kennedy, JordanMaterial Science/Mechanical Engineering
Manosalvas-Kjono, SandraElectrical Engineering
Hosoda, KelseaComputer and Information Science and Engineering
Auginash, ChadElectrical Engineering
Nicholson, AnthonyMaterial Science/Mechanical Engineering
Werner, BrandonComputer Science
Miller, JayceComputer Science
Williams, DianneComputer Science
Parker, BenjaminApplied Mathematics/Computer Science
Charles, MichaelChemical Engineering