Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- October 5, 2005
Cal State L.A. Chemistry Professor Garners HENAAC Education Award
California State University, Los Angeles' chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was
recently chosen as the 2005 recipient of the HENAAC (Hispanic Engineering National
Achievement Awards Corporation) Education Award by a selection committee of representatives
from industry, government, military and academia.
The award, to be presented at the HENAAC Awards Show in Anaheim, California, on October 7,
2005, will recognize Gutiérrez for his strong commitment in preserving superior engineering,
science and technical education programs as well as for his dedication in promoting college,
graduate and post-graduate education. This award also recognizes his success as an educator
in preparing students for math-based careers.
In his 28 years at Cal State L.A., Professor Gutiérrez has mentored more than 200 students
through National Institutes of Health-funded programs and as a faculty participant in other
projects such as the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Improvement in Minority
Institutions and Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs. Gutiérrez is the director
of Cal State L.A.'s NIH (National Institutes of Health) Minority Access to Research Careers
and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs, and faculty coordinator and mentor for
its Beckman Scholars program.
Gutiérrez, whose Ph.D. is from UC Davis, has served on and chaired various NIH committees,
subcommittees and the NIGMS Council, and is a member of the National Research Council Board
on Higher Education Workforce and the AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science.
Gutiérrez's research straddles the interface between organic, inorganic and biological
chemistry and focuses on iron acquisition and transport in bacteria. He has published numerous
articles, all with student coauthors. In great part through his effort, the American Chemical
Society (ACS) established the Committee on Minority Affairs in 1993, with Gutiérrez serving
as its first chair. During his tenure as chair, the Society also established the ACS Minority
Scholars Program, a $5 million scholarship program for undergraduates, and the ACS Award for
Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in Chemical Sciences. Gutiérrez helped
to establish the ACS Scholars Program in 1995, and has been active on its behalf since its
inception. This scholarship program has supported the career development of more than 1,100
As vice-chair of the National Academy of Science Committee on a National Scholars Program,
under contract to NASA, Gutiérrez has articulated persuasively the responsibility of all
faculty-but especially science faculty-to seek out talented minority students and encourage
their academic development very early in their undergraduate careers.
In 1996, Gutiérrez was among the first individuals named by the President of the United
States to receive the then-newly-established annual Presidential Award for Excellence in
Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The honor was conferred at a White House
ceremony. Additionally, he has received a 1999 Scholar-Fellow award from the Camille and
Henry Dreyfus Foundation; the Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science and
Engineering (QEM/MSE) Network's Year 2000 MSE Giants in Science Award; the 2001 American
Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical
Sciences; and the 2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime
Mentor Award. He was one of four CSU faculty members selected for the $20,000 systemwide CSU
Wang Family Excellence Award in 2000. In 2002, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. He also received an award from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the educational film, Antimatter. His campus honors
include the President's Distinguished Professor Award; the University's Outstanding Professor
Award; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Cal State L.A. chapter of the national honor
society Phi Kappa Phi; the Cal State L.A. Hispanic Support Network Outstanding Educator
Award; and the Cal State L.A. Associated Students, Inc.'s Outstanding Faculty Award.
Gutiérrez is married to CSULA Chemistry Professor Linda M. Tunstad and is the father of
daughters, Naomi Gabriela and Carolina Aurora.
Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047