Director of Global NRP Manufacturing Operations Cummins
María de Lourdes, or Lulú, as she is better known, was born in México in 1974, to a family with deep roots in the agriculture activity in the central state of San Luis Potosí.
She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a Masters in Administration from Universidad Autónoma in San Luis Potosí, México. Read More
Lulú has over 23 years of operational and managerial experience in the manufacturing industry. Early in her career she worked for the automotive components supply industry in several engineering roles in Quality, Warranty, Manufacturing and New Product Introduction.
She started her career with Cummins 12 years ago, in 2006, as Quality Manager at the Cummins Generator Technologies plant in her hometown in San Luis Potosí. As her career progressed, she held the positions of Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Product Engineering Manager, and Supplier Quality Development leader; and in 2010 she became the first female Plant Manager in the history of Cummins in San Luis Potosi, México.
In 2014, she was promoted to the position of Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and Strategy in the New and ReCon Parts business, and was expatriated to Columbus, Indiana.
She returned to San Luis Potosí in 2016 to take the role of Plant Manager for Cummins New and ReCon Parts México, and in May of 2018 was promoted to lead the Global Manufacturing Operations for NRP.
Lulú loves to engage in projects related to environmental preservation and supporting STEM. To be involved in the betterment of her community and work environment has always been a strong motivation for her. This is why she has been regularly part of affinity groups, whether while working in the USA, or during her early days in CGT. Since 2017, Lulú has been championing the Women Affinity Group (WAG) for Mexico, expanding its reach to LATAM in 2018, always with a drive to offer and promote equal opportunities for all genders, as well as to increase awareness regarding women related issues. Lulú was President of the CEFI Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014, a not profit organization to develop skills and provide job opportunities for vulnerable people in SLP México.
Lulú has been married for 19 years. She and her husband Carlos are the proud parents of two boys, Carlos and Rodrigo, who are 16 and 14 years old respectively. To guide and support her children academic and integral upbringing is a key personal priority for her. She enjoys spending time and having fun with her family. Some of her interests include cooking, gardening, and travel.
Sr. Engineer Boeing
Francis was born and raised in ‘La Isla del Encanto’ Borinquen. In 2001 she graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. In 2004 she obtained her MS, and PhD in 2007 both in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama, at Birmingham. Read More
Sr. Director SHPE
Dora Renaud currently serves as the Senior Director of Academic Programs and Professional Development for SHPE National. Dora is currently serving on the DiscoverE’s thought leadership team for the 2019 Global Marathon for, by and about Women in Engineering & Technology. Dora’s career trajectory includes 20+ years of educational leadership experience as an international principal, curriculum director, Read More
Diplomat in Residence for South Florida and Puerto Rico, U.S. Department of State
Monique Quesada is the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) based in Miami at Florida International University and Miami Dade College. She covers the Florida educational district that spans from Daytona Beach to Key West, as well as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. As the DIR, she engages with University and High School students, as well as with professional organizations, to raise awareness about careers and internship opportunities in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service and Civil Service corps. Read More
Monique Quesada has been a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State since 1988. Previously the U.S. Consul General in Marseille, France, Monique’s past experiences include working as the Cultural Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in London, the Deputy U.S. Senior Civilian Representative for Western Afghanistan in Herat, Afghanistan, and Embassy Spokesperson and Information Officer in Rabat, Morocco.
Since 1988, Monique has split her career between Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy assignments, serving mostly in Western Europe and North Africa. She speaks the following languages with varying degrees of fluency in French, Italian, Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Modern Greek and Portuguese. Monique’s family background personifies American “diversity”. Her father came to the U.S. as a student from the Philippines; her mother emigrated from the Netherlands; and Monique was born in Venezuela. She gained her U.S. citizenship when she was eight years old in Houston, Texas, grew up in Columbus, Ohio but now considers herself a resident of the great State of Florida.
President Exeqpath | Chief Technology Officer Raisal
President and founder of Exeqpath, a leadership development company. Additionally, he is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Raisal, a commercial lending company, and a former executive within Accenture’s Human Resources Talent Acquisition organization, managing the overall diversity recruiting efforts in North America. Read More
Director P&G | SHPE NBOD Chair
Director R&D, Flavor & Fragrances Discipline, Corporate Research, Fabric & Home Care Fragrances & Delivery Technologies Worldwide
- Born and raised in Puerto Rico
- BS ChE from UPRM
- Married with 1 son studying Industrial Design
- First Hispanic hired in Cincinnati R&D in P&G
- First UPRM graduate in P&G
- 40 years at P&G January 2019
- Worked in every business and done every job in RD (except regulatory)
- Half my career in Europe, most of my career in Paper
- Manage the Perfume and Delivery Technologies organization for F&HC, and the F&F Discipline.
- Chairman of the Board SHPE
- Board Member – Fragrance Creators Association, North America
Customer Program Manager Boeing | SHPE RVP 7
An accomplished, award-winning business leader with more than 20 years of success and impact in organizational leadership; risk management; business process establishment and re-engineering, project and program leadership; business and revenue development; industry compliance, and key client engagement. Read More
Deputy Diversity & Inclusion Manager NASA
Deputy Diversity & Inclusion Manager with NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Previous to this position, he served for twelve years as an engineer with the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA JSC where was a subject matter expert in the areas of materials and processes engineering, quality engineering, mechanical parts, and anti-counterfeiting. Read More
Will Davis is a second-generation Mexican American born in El Paso, Texas and a proud member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community. He currently resides in Houston with his partner, Chris.
Sr. Human Resource Leader Boeing
Senior HR Leader for Electronic Sensors & Intelligence Solutions (ES&IS) and Autonomous Systems Engineering. As a Senior HR Leader in the Potomac Region, John-Paul “JP” oversees key HR & Business strategic initiatives for Boeing’s fast-growing Autonomous Systems Division, including the Potomac Region’s human capital growth strategy and employee engagement efforts. Read More
Sr. Vice President of Engineering Citrix
Juan Rivera is senior Vice President of engineering at Citrix Systems. Juan holds a BS in computer engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a MS in software engineering management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Juan is from Jayuya, PR, has been married for 20 years and has three kids and one dog.
Program Manager P&G
A twenty-five year employee of P&G, Erick Jimenez attended Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal sciences. In his current assignment as Program Manager, he leads a multi-functional team of Commercial and Technical collaborators which brings to life new product Innovation for the Swiffer and Mr. Clean brands that delights consumers and creates value for the corporation. Read More
Over his career Erick contributed to building the business in the Hair Care & Styling, Skin Care and Baby Care categories from locations as diverse as Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Poland. He was Founding Student Chapter President for SHPE his junior year at Georgia Tech and has recruited many engineers for P&G including frequent participation at the SHPE National Conference. Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Erick’s Hispanic heritage is from Puerto Rico.
Sr. Software Manager Citrix
With 30 years as an electrical and software engineer involved in designing CPUs to founding a company to run Windows software on mobile devices, Roger Cruz thrives in the challenges of pushing technologies to new limits. Read More
Marketing Consultant Caterpillar
Jackie Aguilera, Caterpillar Marketing Consultant, is originally from El Salvador. He arrived to the United States on an exchange program to attend college in the Midwest completing an undergrad degree in Electronics Engineering and a graduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois. Read More
He has a passion for developing people and building strong relationships both professionally and personally. Since 2005 he was involved in the creation of the Caterpillar Latino Connection Employee Resource Group. He was the global leader for 3+ years where he doubled membership to 1,000+ members. Now he leads the Caterpillar/SHPE Industrial Partnership Council (IPC) relationship and is committed to growing it.
Outside of work, Jackie is an active leader in his community and Church where he helps other immigrants and less privileged. He is a strong believer of spending time together with his family every night. He enjoys beach time, traveling, and tourism.
Program Director Lockheed Martin Space
Angel Crespo is the Program Director for the Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBM) Test and Support Products (TSP) organization located at the Eastern Range (ER) in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida. He is also the Lockheed Martin Site Director for FBM at the ER. Read More
Prior to his current role, Mr. Crespo joined Lockheed Martin Space as the Program Deputy Director of Intermediate Range Conventional Prompt Strike (IR CPS) on the FBP Program. In this capacity, he was responsible for ensuring exceptional performance on the Hypersonic Booster Technology Development contract, while supporting the preparations and capture for the IR CPS Weapon Systems Integration program, and its subsequent development phases.
Mr. Crespo holds over 20 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. Before joining Lockheed Martin Space, he served as Director of Operations for the Boeing 737 fuselage sections, leading a workforce of 750 mechanics for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.
Prior to Spirit, Mr. Crespo worked for Raytheon Missile Systems. His latest role was Site Manager for Raytheon’s Redstone Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville, Alabama. In that role, he managed all activities at the site, including construction, automation systems installation and qualification, facilities, and the site’s ordnance certification for operations with approvals from DoD, US Army Redstone Arsenal Safety, and US Army Corps of Engineers. After the site opening he led the start of All-Up-Round (AUR) manufacturing operations for final assembly, integration and test for Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6 programs.
Mr. Crespo previously served in a number of roles at Raytheon including factory operations manager for the RF/EI factory at Raytheon Missile Systems, and engineering manager for several capture and development programs. Prior to that, he held several engineering management roles reporting to the engineering functional organization. Mr. Crespo started his career in defense as a mechanical designer for structures, guidance and navigation systems.
Outside of industry, Mr. Crespo has been an adjunct faculty member for the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department (AME) of the University of Arizona College of Engineering in Tucson, Arizona for over eight years. He also spent many years recruiting engineering and business students as the company’s campus manager at the University of Puerto Rico.
Crespo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Executive Director Manufacturing Cummins
Eduardo Martinez serves as Executive Director of Manufacturing for Cummins and previously served as General Manager of its Global Remanufacturing Business.
Throughout his 24-year career at Cummins, Eduardo has performed roles in Manufacturing, Operations, Distribution, Finance, Strategy and General Management. Read More
A native of Mexico, he graduated with a Bachelors in Finance and Accounting from his home town University and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School.
Following his passion for advocating for the underrepresented, Eduardo serves on the Board of United Way of Bartholomew County and as Chairman of the Board of Su Casa Columbus, a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of the Latinos in the area. He is Cummins executive sponsor for the partnership with SHPE.
Leadership and Technical Development Program Caterpillar
Braulio is currently in the Caterpillar Leadership and Technical Development Program (LTDP) Order to Delivery (Operations) track. His current rotation has him in Corinth, Mississippi where I serve as a Supply Chain Management Engineer supporting Inventory logistics and engineering change management. Read More
Currently, Braulio serves as the co-chair of the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR) committee within the Caterpillar Latinos Connections (CLC) corporate Employee Resource Group (ERG). In this role Braulio support corporate initiative to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America.
Additionally, he serves as vice-president of the Corinth Young Professionals chapter where he works to grow and improve the Mississippi Reman facility community though professional development, community outreach, and networking opportunities.
Outside of Caterpillar Braulio is an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He most recently received the Medalla de Oro at the 2018 SHPE National Convention STAR Awards, an award that recognizes individuals for their contributions to the Latino community. Outside of work Braulio enjoys hiking, trying new kinds of food, and community outreach.
Engineer Boeing | SHPE RVP 2
Leo Soto is an engineer from New Jersey, who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He began his journey as a first generation college student when he attend Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey. Upon completion of his Associate’s Degree in engineering, he transferred to Rutgers University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon completing this venture, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his career with the Boeing Company. Read More
It was during his time at Rutgers University that Leo discovered SHPE. He attended his first SHPE meeting in 2006 at Rutgers University. In his final year, Leo served as President of SHPE Rutgers University. In May 2009, he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Afterwards, he relocated to Los Angeles, California to begin his career at Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS).
During his time at BSS he served various functions, including Structural Design Engineer and Mechanical Liaison Engineer. In addition to this, Leo sought ways to be remain involved with STEM Outreach initiatives, joining the Boeing Hispanic Employees Network (BHEN), where he served as their Director of Outreach from 2011 – 2015. Seeing the lack of a strong SHPE Professional Chapter in the area, Leo teamed with others to create the foundation of what would become SHPE South Bay Los Angeles (SBLA) Professional Chapter. Leo served as the first President of the organization, which helped strengthen the network of professionals given the abundance of companies in the South Bay area. He also help foster a relationship with the local SHPE University Chapters.
In July 2015, Leo began a new venture at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California as a Senior Design Check Engineer. In addition to this, he served as the Director of Outreach for Raytheon’s Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement (HOLA). In this role, Leo created a relationship between Raytheon and the local SHPE University Chapters, providing access to workshops, tours, and firing events for all SHPE members. In July 2018 Leo became the Region 2 Vice President for SHPE National, where he serves the chapters of the Arizona, Southern California, and Las Vegas area. In August 2018, Leo returned to Boeing, in El Segundo, CA, where he currently serves as a Space Vehicle Design REA.
Director of Technology NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Nalby is the Director of Technology at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises responsible for leading the Information Technology strategy and IT technologies for Telemundo Network, Studios, Telemundo International and NBC UNIVERSO. She is currently leading Infrastructure, Client Services and Applications teams in the execution of projects and initiatives most recently the build out of the new Miami Telemundo Center facility. Read More
She has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology holding multiple roles in Program Management, Infrastructure, Integration, and IT engagement and communication. In prior roles, Nalby was responsible for the transformation of IT for several Lockheed Martin efforts leading the deployment of new technologies, mergers and acquisitions and multiple projects improving employee experience and productivity.
Nalby has been the recipient of several Excellence Awards for her contributions to technology in prior roles. She is also very passionate about community outreach and STEM programs such as the Heart Walk, Viva Technology and Orlando Science Center STEM events. She was recognized at the Women of Color STEM Conference for her technical contributions and for her engagement and commitment to the community. She is the co-lead for the Comcast/NBCUniversal Miami TECHWomen chapter and a board member for the Florida WICT organization.
Nalby has an Associates degree in Computer Science from Monroe College, Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix.
William Andrew Verastegui
SHPE National Undergraduate Representative
William Andrew Verastegui is a graduating senior at the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Portuguese. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas, but lived in Tampa, Florida from 2004 to 2014.
He first became involved in SHPE in 2014 and has held 5 leadership positions at the local and national level, including two terms as the UT Austin Chapter President. Read More
He has found a passion for management, organizational strategy, and the empowerment of underrepresented communities through STEM education. He also enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Buddhist philosophy in his spare time and will be working for Capital One in Mclean, Virginia within Supply Chain Management, beginning in July of this year.
Ramon Jesus Iglesias
Assistance Professor of Military Science Region 6 / Florida International University
Military Education: Airborne School, Basic Jumper – Military Police School, Officer Basic Course – Company Commander and First Sergeant Course – Air Assault Course Resident – Drivers Training Course MRAP and M1151 – Combat Lifesaver Course – AMEDD Captain Career Course. Read More
Decorations, Service Medals, and Badges: Joint Meritorious Unit Award NATO Training Mission 2013 – Army Commendation Medal 2012, 2011 – Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with two Stars 2012 – NATO ISAF Medal 2012 – Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 2012 – Army Service Ribbon 2012 – Armed Forces Reserve Medal 2012 – German Army Marksmanship Badge Gold 2011 – Army Achievement Medal 2008, 2004, 2001 – Air Assault Badge 2010 – Airborne Badge 1989.
Education: Inter-American University, San Juan, PR (Bachelor in Business Administration) – Miami Dade College, Miami, FL (Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice).
James S. Brown
Director of the Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Regional Support Center (ORSC), U.S. Department of State
James S. Brown, a career specialist Facility Manager in the Foreign Service, is currently the Director of the Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Regional Support Center (ORSC) located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Jim joined the Department of State in 1998 and has served at various posts overseas. His first posting was Nairobi then Berlin, Nicosia, Dhaka, London, Kabul, Lima and recently Tokyo. Read More
Jim grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts and went into the U.S. Army after high school for four years as an Electronic Warfare Repairman Specialist stationed in Augsburg, Germany and Ft Lewis, Washington. After that he worked in defense contracting at military bases around the world till he went to work for state. He has been married to Barbara for 34 years and they have two children Frank in Austin, Texas and Suzanna in New London, New Hampshire. Barb and Jim enjoy traveling and are looking forward to retirement one day.
B.S.A.E., E.I., M. ASCE ENGINEER TO ENTREPRENEUR
Rick De La Guardia is President and Founder of DLG Engineering, Inc. (DLGE), a consulting firm specializing in the design, analysis and forensic inspections of building envelope systems to help mitigate or assess storm damage in hurricane prone regions of the country. DLGE was founded in South Florida in 2009 during the height of an economic downturn, now known as the Great Recession, when many engineering firms were struggling and opening an engineering firm was considered ill advised. Read More
SHPE National Graduate Representative
Shpe involvement : Member since 2013 – Chapter leader – National leader
Education: University of COLORADO, BOULDER Masters of Science AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (2019) PHd mechanical engineering – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS B.S. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (2017) B.S. AEROSPACE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (2017) Read More
Industry – Internship – Research Experiences: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY – BALL AEROSPACE – SCHLUMBERGER – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS – UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management at Wake Forest University
Ashley Jones is an Assistant Director of Enrollment Management with a focus on URG and Diversity & Inclusion recruiting for the Masters in Accounting, Business Analytics, and Management programs. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio and a Marketing graduate of Ohio University in Athens. Ashley has worked as a technical recruiter in Charlotte, NC with some of the large banking institutions and online advertising companies. Read More
BSEE, MBA, DTM, AAAE, DRBF
Eugenio Jaramillo has a unique passion for serving others by sharing his 40 plus years of work experience in Corporate America. He credits much of his success to his ability to connect with people on a very personal level. He was the Director of Aviation Construction for a South Florida Contractor. He created over $600M of Aviation Construction Projects, executed them flawlessly and profitably over a 25-year storied career. Read More
Mr. Jaramillo earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami. He is a certified member of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. He is a Lifetime member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He is on the Board of Directors of the Brinker Education Initiative. Both of these non-profit organizations promote STEM in the Hispanic Community.
His speaking roster includes presentations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Miami-Dade College. He was the Keynote Speaker at the Florida Engineering Society – Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Council Conference.
He is passionate about personal and professional development, training, and sharing his expertise with the next generations of students, professionals and leaders.
Sample Speaking Topics
- Top 4 Soft Skills to Advance your Career (Public Speaking, Leadership, Mentorship, Networking)
- The Past, Present & Future of Aviation Construction
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Promotion of STEM
- The Engineer – Is it ok to change careers?
- Personal Branding
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS)
Ms. Vazquez is a Researcher at the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, at NC State University, in Raleigh, NC. Her areas of research include analytic integrity, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion. She is a Senior Intelligence Analyst and a Senior Language Analyst. In addition, Ms. Vazquez has extensive management experience and has held a variety of supervisory and leadership positions in the Operations and Research Directorates. Ms. Vazquez started her career at NSA over 30 years ago, a graduate of the University of TN, Knoxville (Go Vols!) with a degree in Political Theory and Modern Languages. Read More
Throughout her career Ms. Vazquez has been an advocate for Hispanics at NSA. Passionate about mentoring, she is an active career and technical mentor and has helped build organization-wide mentoring programs supporting thousands of employees. She is a known leader in the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She is a founding member and former President of the Hispanic Forum, an NSA private organization and is also a former Chair and Co-Chair of the NSA Hispanic/Latino ERG.