DENTON, Texas (UNT) — A major honor was recently presented to Leticia Anaya, a senior lecturer in the University of North Texas’ College of Engineering. The Regional Hispanic Contractor Association presented its 2016 Women’s Luna Lifetime Achievement Award to Anaya. She was chosen for her more than 19 years of teaching engineering technology courses at UNT, as well as her experience working in the industry.
“I didn’t expect this award,” said Anaya. “The other nominees were very high achievers. I really had to take off a day to just really think about it. It’s amazing to suddenly realize that industry really does appreciate what I do.”
Along with engineering experience, the award was also judged based on leadership experience. Anaya has held several leadership positions in engineering-based organizations in and out of academia. She also focuses her leadership skills on encouraging the next generation. Her biggest goal is finding ways to motivate students, especially women, toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. She hopes this new honor can help with that.
“I’ve seen such positive feedback over this award, particularly from young women,” said Anaya. “I hope this helps inspire them. Engineering is a very good career that can be high paying and even fun. There is just so much you can do within this field.”
Anaya’s award was presented at the 10th annual Luna Awards, Conference and Expo. It’s an event aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in architecture, engineering and construction.