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SHPE Members to Attend Briefing in Washington, DC On “Building the Next Generation of Hispanic Leaders in STEM”


The Office of Public Engagement Welcomes SHPE Members and Staff for an Exclusive Event at the White House on April 18

(City of Industry, CA) — On April 18, fifty SHPE members will join a handful of SHPE staff at a briefing on “Building the Next Generation of Hispanic Leaders in STEM” held by the Office of Public Engagement at the White House in Washington, DC and organized by SHPE’s Government Relations department.

The purpose of the briefing is to bring together Administration officials and SHPE representatives for a meaningful discussion of howacademia, the private sector, and government can meet labor needs, lower barriers, and increase representation, while constructing a sustainable education and domestic workforce pipeline of Hispanic students and professionals in STEM.

“In line with our new strategic plan, this prestigious event is a significant step towards achieving our goal of ‘being a key voice in Washington, D.C. with deep reach and a reputation as the leading organization for Hispanics in STEM’,” says interim CEO Miguel Alemañy. “The entire Familia should be proud to see SHPE with a seat at this table. It’s an indication of how far we’ve come in achieving Rod Garcia’s vision from 1974.”

The delegation from SHPE includes Hispanic students and young professionals who are pursuing a degree and career in various STEM disciplines, who are best able to recommend the most impactful types of support to help them complete their degree and feel like they belong in an industry that traditionally lacks Hispanic representation. Also joining the discussion are members of SHPE’s Academic and Industry Partnership Council members who are best able to highlight the value of building a diverse workforce in both private and public sectors.

SHPE representatives include:

Mariana Acuña Delgado

SHPE, Government Relations Senior Associate

Giana Aguilar-Valencia

DePaul University, Student

Miguel Alemañy

SHPE, Interim CEO

Angela Asfura

St. Mary’s University, Mechanical Engineering Student

Erik Jacob Barbosa

Georgia Institute of Technology, Student

Brendon Bolanos De Morales

The University of Texas at Arlington, Student

Christian Buenrostro

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mechanical Engineer/ Project Manager

Victor Cervantes

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Associate Director MEP

Adrian Dávila

Virginia Tech, Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering

Kimberly Douglas 

SHPE, Chief Research & Innovation Officer

Axel Flores-Roman

IBM, Cloud Platform Partner Technical Specialist

Maira Garcia

Honeywell, Senior Advanced Systems Engineer/SHPE Program Manager

Juan Antonio Garcia

So Cal Carriers, Truck Driver

Luisa Imelda Garcia

Stay at home mom

Anthony Jacob Garcia

Los Altos HS, Student

Karen Joanna Garcia

Sparks Middle School, Student

Andrea Carolina Godoy

University of Miami, Student

Benjamin Gonzalez Vazquez

Bechtel Corporation, Pipe Stress Engineer

Julio Grapa

Procter & Gamble, Director Global Business Services

Raymond Guerrero

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Student

Kelvin Guzman-Baez

Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Student

Daniel Haros 

Arizona State University, Master’s student/Energy Efficiency Specialist

Brenda Henriquez

George Mason University, Computer Science Graduate Student

Christopher Hernandez

UC San Francisco, Professor

Valeria Hernández Echegaray

University of Southern California, Student

Ashleigh Herrera

Tufts University, PhD Candidate

Monique Herrera

SHPE, Chief External Relations Officer

Robert Keynton

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dean, William States Lee College of Engineering

Yareni P. Lara-Rodríguez

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Doctoral Student

Xaymara Lasheras-Muniz

University of Puerto Rico – Ponce, Student         

Andrea Lastra

Microsoft, Technical Support Engineer

Taylor B. Leonard

New Jersey Institute of Technology/Medtronic, Student/Business Process Analyst

Jorge Arturo Levario-Delagarza

University of Texas at Arlington/SpaceX, Starship Launch Engineering Intern

Andrea Lopez

The Boeing Company, Propulsion Engineer

Efren Lopez

University of Florida, Student

Dayna Martínez

SHPE, Research & Innovation Director

Rhonda McNeill

SHPE, Chief Administration Officer

Thelma Mendoza

University of Portland, Student

Juan Ocampo

St. Mary’s University, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering/Assistant Chair of Engineering

Ashley Orta

East Los Angeles College, Student

Lenin Paulino

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Examiner

Miguel Payan

University of Oklahoma, McNair Scholar

Lance Pérez

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dean and Heins Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ala Qubbaj

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dean

Nora Rincon

General Motors, Program Quality Manager

Carlos Rivera-Camacho

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Student

Lesly Rojas Caloca

Oregon State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate

Guillermo Rullan

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, Student

Giovanna Salazar

SHPE, Social Media Manager

Francis Samalot

The Boeing Company, Research Engineer

Jose Tabarez

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Student

Nicolas A. Tempestini

SHPE, Board of Directors Member

Salena Torres

AccentCare, Inc., Transformation Program Director

Vicente Treviño

University of Colorado Boulder / Colorado Mesa University, Student

Emily Anne Vargas

University of Southern California/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Idalis Villanueva

University of Florida, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Studies

Gerardo Zuniga

Medtronic, Sr Quality Systems Director

“Thank you to the entire SHPE Familia, staff, supporters, and partners for their dedication to SHPE that got us here and made this possible,” says Senior Associate of Government Relations at SHPE Mariana Acuna Delgado. “It’s only because of the achievements of SHPE members past and present who have proven the value of diversity in STEM that I was able to make this event happen. And thank you to the Office of Public Engagement at the White House for their ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and for welcoming SHPE to DC.”

Check us out on social media on April 18 when we’ll be live tweeting from the White House! And stay tuned to SHPE Nation for pictures and updates from the event.

About SHPE
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is a nonprofit organization serving and advancing Hispanics in STEM. With more than 13,000 student and professional members, SHPE’s mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. For more information, please visit

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