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STEM (Science, technology and Math) FUTURES

Building Brighter Futures through STEM (Futures) is an innovative endeavor by Arizona Western College (AWC) and University of Arizona (UA) to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees in Southwest Arizona. The Futures’ Grant’s primary mission is to develop and offer a 4-year degree in Systems Engineering in both Yuma and Tucson utilizing the newly-renovated Engineering Technology Building on the AWC main campus in cooperation with UA.


Our Mission

INSPIRE students to engage in STEM discovery and innovation

DEVELOP a world-class STEM workforce talent pool

ATTRACT & RETAIN STEM talent through a dynamic and innovative school environment

DELIVER coordinated, collaborative and cohesive STEM programs

Learn more about our Systems Engineering Pathway program with the University of Arizona by clicking on the AWC/UA Systems Engineering Degree Pathway link on the left.

Additional information:

STEM (Futures) Postcard

Where to find us (Engineering Technology ET building)

AWC Campus Map - Engineering Technology (ET) building



Cecilia Vigil, DVM

Program Director
Professor of Biology
phone: 928-344-7663
fax: 928-317-6445
ET Building, 112

Cecilia Vigil


Marlene Salveson

Project Assistant
phone: 928-344-7597
fax: 928-317-6445
ET Building, 112

Marlene Salveson


Derrick Lim, Ph.D. 

Professor of Engineering

phone:  928 317-7625
fax: 928-317-6445
ET 118
Derrick Lim

Victoria Martinez-Bellow, M.Engr.

Professor of Engineering
Faculty Advisor WEST Club
phone:  928 344-7753
fax: 928-317-6445
ET 117
Victoria Martinez-Bellow

University of Arizona – Yuma


Tanya Hodges

Outreach Program Coordinator
AWC AS Bldg Rm 137
928-271-9560 (c )
928-344-7579 (f)
Tanya Hodges

Alberto Urbieta

Administrative Assistant/
Program Coordinator
AWC AS Bldg Rm 138
928-317-6486 (o)
928-210-7202 (c )
928-344-7662 (f)
Alberto Urbieta

Dr. Samuel N. Peffers PhD

Lecturer, Systems and Industrial Engineering
Engineering Technology (ET) Bldg. Rm. 124
Samuel Peffers


Allison Gilliland

Student/Jr Bio-tech Coordinator
Yuma/La Paz

Engineering Technology (ET) Bldg. Rm. 123
Allison Gilliland




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