HAMMOND | For over 20 years, Great Minds in STEM’s mission and vision have focused on making America technologically stronger by promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, especially in underrepresented communities. Great Minds in STEM has awarded David Olivencia, Verizon’s Director of IT Strategy & Planning with the 2012 Executive Excellence in Technology Award.
David is currently responsible for IT Strategy and Communications to enable Verizon’s business imperatives. Additionally, David serves on the board of Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) with 10 members of U.S. Congress, is Co-founder and board member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and is on the Advisory Board of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.
Great Minds in STEM winners represent highly accomplished STEM professionals who have achieved both academic and professional success in their respective fields, both in public and private sectors. These winners serve as role models to aspiring STEM students and military and private industry professionals in a still largely untapped segment of our population. Great Minds in STEM maintains strong partnerships with many U.S. Military institutions as well as the Fortune 500. Other awardees announced evening included Robert Stevens, Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, Carmela Keenye, Executive Director of Space & Naval War Systems Center, SPAWAR, U.S. Navy and among other national STEM leaders.
“I share this honor with teachers, mentors, friends and family who have guided me through my life. This award is a tribute to Verizon, where I have the opportunity to execute alongside a great team of leaders driving innovation, technology leadership, with a strong commitment to diversity.” From a STEM leadership perspective David adds “My STEM education and career have enabled many opportunities for me and it is vital that we put more resources into STEM to ensure America’s future economic prosperity and competiveness.”
David graduated from Bishop Noll Institute, earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from Notre Dame. David has also completed Harvard University’s Corporate Governance program.
David has also been honored with:
- University of Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumni Award
- Crain’s Detroit 40 under 40
- Hispanic Business Magazine’s Most Influential Hispanics in America
- Latino Leaders Magazine Maestro Award for Innovation