Karletta Chief receives AISES Professional of the Year

Karletta Chief

Professional of the Year

The AISES Professional of the Year Award is presented for overall leadership and technical achievement. This individual is selected from among the top candidates submitted in all categories; therefore, individual nominations are not accepted for this award.


The 2016 AISES Professional of the Year Award is awarded to Dr. Karletta Chief of the Navajo Nation. Dr. Chief is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Hydrology in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received her Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. Dr. Chief partnered with the University of Arizona College of Public Health on two grants which both were funded for over $1 million for environmental justice work on the impact of the Gold King Mine spill in

northwestern New Mexico. Dr. Chief has secured more than $6.2 million in research funds and she was the winner of the AISES Most Promising Engineer/Scientist in 2011. Dr. Chief also received the Distinguished Alumni Scholar award from Stanford University in 2013.


About American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) (http://www.aises.org/ )


AISES is a national, Native American nonprofit whose mission is to substantially increase 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 math (STEM) studies and careers. Founded in 1977, with a rapidly expanding membership of more than 4,000 individual members, AISES sustains 189 chartered college and  university chapters, 15 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K12 schools supporting over 55,000 American

Indian students. AISES has awarded over $10.3 million in academic scholarships to over 5,000 American Indian STEM students. Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming, AISES is the leader in STEM opportunities for American Indians.