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Almodovar, Wicks, Dynetics to join Engineering Hall of Fame

TUSCALOOSA — A Huntsville business and two entrepreneurs/philanthropists will be inducted into the state of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame this weekend.

The ceremony is Saturday at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa.

(University of Alabama)

Huntsvillians Angel “Rey” Almodóvar and Michael Wicks will join Dr. Stuart Bell of Tuscaloosa; Milton Davis Jr. of Birmingham; Tim McCartney of Gadsden; and the late Thomas Talbot in being inducted.

Huntsville-based Dynetics will be honored as well, joining 33 other corporations previously inducted.

Founded by a proclamation of the governor in 1987, the state of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors, preserves and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, projects and corporations/institutions that brought and continue to bring significant recognition to the state.

Almodóvar is an engineer, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, mentor and servant of mankind.

A visionary and lifelong learner, he was the product of a working-class family from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Under the leadership of Almodóvar and co-founder Harold Brewer, Intuitive has grown to be one of the premier engineering and technology companies in Cummings Research Park.

(University of Alabama)

Wicks’ career has been devoted to providing innovative engineering and technical services to the nation’s defense as an Army civilian and as a contractor for the Department of Defense.

With his technical skills as a foundation, Wicks’ entrepreneurial spirit has strengthened his hometown of Huntsville’s competitiveness as a hub for a highly skilled workforce providing solutions to the country’s military engineering challenges. A cancer survivor, Wicks joined Houston-based Diakonos Research in 2022 as its president and is leading the company’s development of state-of-the-art cancer immunotherapies.

Dynetics is a leading provider of responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, IT solutions to national security, cybersecurity, space and critical infrastructure sectors.

Since its founding in 1974, Dynetics has grown to nearly 3,000 employees, the majority of whom work in Alabama, with locations in 10 other states. In 2020, Dynetics became a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, expanding its capabilities for customer-focused research, development and rapid prototyping and further enabling investment in programs of national importance.

The Hall of Fame is overseen by engineering colleges and schools at Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of South Alabama.

It is administratively managed through the UA College of Engineering. Learn more about the Engineering Hall of Fame.

 

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