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50 Stories for 50 Years of SHPE

Each week we are releasing an episode featuring the “origin story” of a defining SHPE member. Many of them are familiar friends who have been with us since the beginning. Some of them are new names who have more recently found their home with SHPE. But all of them are a testament to the vibrancy and resilience that makes our Familia an enduring force in the world of STEM and beyond. We can’t wait for you to hear them!

Featuring
  • SHPE Leaders

  • SHPE Supporters

  • SHPE Members

  • SHPE Allies

June

Antonina Robles

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion PM
at HP

Antonina Robles

Antonina Robles, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at HP in Boise, Idaho, has a remarkable journey from working in the fields of Idaho to becoming a prominent figure in STEM. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University, Antonina's story is one of perseverance and passion.

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May

Oscar Marquina

Strategy and Operations | Diversity Equity and Inclusion | Angel Investing

Oscar Marquina

Oscar's path to success took a unique turn as he discovered SHPE after graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Utah State University. Born in Venezuela and migrating to the US at 13, Oscar faced the challenges of being a DACA student and navigating the STEM. However, his encounter with SHPE transformed his life, opening doors to opportunities previously thought unattainable.

Luis Conde

Senior Systems Engineer
at ITZ

Luis Conde

Luis offers valuable advice for young engineers, drawing unexpected inspiration from none other than Mike Tyson. From his academic achievements to his current role at ITZ, Luis's story inspires us to open our minds to unconventional wisdom and embrace opportunities for growth.

Fernanda Sulantay Vargas

Graduate Student Researcher at Yale University | NSF GRFP fellow | GEM fellow

Fernanda Sulantay Vargas

Originally from El Salvador, Fernanda faced the challenges of being a mother during her college career. As a chemical engineer at Yale University, she has become a prominent figure in making STEM and college more accessible. Fernanda is a sought-after speaker and STEM content creator, dedicating her efforts to empowering diverse talent in STEM.

Sonia Lucia Camacho

Digital Accessibility Engineer at Nike

Sonia Lucia Camacho

Sonia is a Digital Accessibility Engineer at Nike and holds both undergraduate and master's degrees in Computer Science from Oregon State. Throughout her academic career Sonia began documenting her passion and struggles as a Latina woman in STEM. Through social media, Sonia has been able to inspire and encourage the next generation of under represented students.

April

Elio Morillo

Spacecraft Systems Leader | Keynote Speaker | Author

Elio Morillo

Delving into Elio's personal story, we learn about his migration from Ecuador at a young age, facing economic and domestic challenges, to eventually finding a new home and opportunities in the United States. Elio's narrative is a testament to determination, resilience, and the power of community support, particularly highlighted through his involvement with SHIP and his impactful work with NASA's Mars 2020 mission and the Perseverance rover.

Yuliana Porras-Mendoza

ONE Water Practice Leader
at Garver

Yuliana Porras-Mendoza

Yuliana, shares her inspiring path from growing up on the border of Juarez and El Paso to becoming a seasoned chemical engineer. Despite facing challenges, Yuliana discovered her passion for STEM and the power of math as a bridge between two worlds. Her determination led her to the Colorado School of Mines, where she encountered SHPE and dedicated herself to empowering women and students of color in the field.

Ismael Mendoza

Ismael Mendoza

Graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ismael's career led him to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he now serves as a subject matter expert and technical advisor for Latin American countries undergoing energy transitions or natural disasters. His dedication to SHPE's mission and his insights into the advantages of Hispanic representation in STEM make him a true asset to our organization.

Heidy Arriola

Regional Account Manager
at Veolia Water Technologies
& Solutions

Heidy Arriola

Heidy's story unfolds as she shares her transformative experience at UCLA, where she discovered SHPE and found a profound sense of belonging at her first Convention. Central to her narrative is the concept of mentorship, which she views as more than just a one-on-one relationship but as a community of supporters guiding personal and professional growth.

 

March

Jose Villanueva

Hybrid Data Management Technical Specialist at IBM

Jose Villanueva

Jose's journey into STEM is anything but ordinary. Born in Bolivia, with STEM in his DNA, he shares his unique path guided by influential mentors and fueled by a passion for Industrial Engineering. From the University of Central Florida to becoming a content creator, Jose's story is one of resilience and community-building. We delve into topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the creation of content that resonates globally with the Hispanic community.

Jay Flores

Global STEM Ambassador | Founder of Invent The Change

Jay Flores

With appearances on ESPN, PBS, and Telemundo, and his adventurous run on American Ninja Warrior, Jay Flores is synonymous with SHPE advocacy. Through his expertise, Jay shares invaluable advice for young engineers and scientists, drawing from his own experiences and challenges. From his regret over choosing mechanical engineering over chemical, to the pivotal leadership role he embraced in SHPE that shaped his career, Jay's insights resonate deeply with listeners.

Dr. Dayna Martinez

Senior Director, Research and Impact at SHPE.

Dr. Dayna Martinez

Dr. Martinez's expertise in data analysis drives SHPE's program development and national advocacy efforts. From spearheading innovative projects like Equipando Padres and Future Grads to overseeing the Faculty Development Symposium, she plays a pivotal role in shaping SHPE's impact. But her connection with SHPE goes beyond her current role; her journey with the organization predates her tenure as staff, offering unique insights into its evolution.

Adrian Cires

Computer Science Undergraduate
at the University of Maryland

Adrian Cires

Despite facing adversity, Adrian's accidental entry into STEM marked a pivotal moment where he discovered his self-agency and defied expectations. As the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for his SHPE Chapter, Adrian shares practical insights into securing sponsorships and leading with purpose.

February

Wendy Haro

Software Quality Assurance Manager at WebPT

Wendy Haro

Tune in to discover Wendy's inspiring path from South Central to becoming a software engineer, the eye-opening experiences at her first SHPE Convention, and why she's the reason we all know and love the regional chants.

Diana Gomez

Director of District 6
at Caltrans

Diana Gomez

Diana's remarkable journey in SHPE has left an indelible mark on the organization and the STEM community. Join us as Diana shares her incredible story, from becoming a member in 1982 to navigating through significant leadership roles, awards, and even death threats. Her experiences have played a crucial role in shaping SHPE's trajectory over the last 50 years.

Miguel Ramos

Advisor & Co-founder
at Limble

Miguel Ramos

Discover how Miguel's early leadership roles within SHPE, from chapter VP to President, equipped him with the soft skills and confidence to pursue his remarkable career. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or seeking motivation, Miguel's interview is a treasure trove of advice that will leave you inspired and informed.

Melanie Weber

Melanie Weber

Melanie discusses overcoming imposter syndrome, her pivotal role in space flight projects, and the impact of SHPE on her professional success. She's not just changing the trajectory of space flight but is also a source of inspiration, giving back and encouraging others to overcome obstacles.

January

Julio Grapa

Director at Procter & Gamble | Innovation, Quality, Lab Services

Julio Grapa

In our first episode, we explore Julio Grapa's life, a notable SHPE member and Rodrigo Garcia Founder's Award recipient. We cover his childhood, over 30 years with SHPE, career, and brave fight against cancer. Expect an emotional journey.

Miguel Alemañy

Interim SHPE CEO

Miguel Alemañy

From his initial impressions as a professional member to the intricate history and transformation of SHPE as an organization, Miguel offers invaluable insights and candid reflections.

Emily Anne Vargas

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Emily Anne Vargas

Listen to this spotlight of Emily Anne Vargas, a renowned Material Science Engineering Ph.D. candidate at USC and former Vice-Chair of SHPE's National Board of Directors. 

Maya Morales Garcias

Chief Program Officer at
Beyond100K

Maya Morales Garcia

Maya, a dynamic force and STEM advocate, shares her unique perspective on ending the STEM teacher shortage in the United States. Learn about her commitment to connecting educators with the communities they serve and the transformative power of teaching.