The National Science Teachers Association Awards and Recognitions Committee selected Illinois Tech alumnus Julio Mendez as a recipient of the 2017 Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award sponsored by Shell. The award is issued to showcase exemplary science teaching skills. He is one of five recipients this year. Mendez teaches 10th and 11th grade physics at Perspectives Charter School Joslin Campus, Chicago, IL. He recently received his master’s degree in science education from IIT and is continuing his graduate studies.