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SHPE Cal Poly is run by talented engineering students who work together to ensure our club maintains quality through continuous improvement.

SHPE Officers 2018 - 2019

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Valeria Salazar

Aerospace Engineering 2019

Hello everyone! My name Valeria Salazar and I'm a fifth year aerospace engineering student. I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego, California as a sophomore in high school to pursue my dreams. SHPE is one of the main reasons I came to Cal Poly and I'm honored to be the this year's President. I'm really passionate about outreach, diversity in STEM fields, fostering a familia environment, and making new connections.

As an aerospace engineering student, I love everything that has to do space, rockets, and airplanes and this past summer I had the amazing opportunity of interning at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA. On my free time, you can usually find me running, hiking, or hanging out with friends. Please feel free to reach out to me about anything!

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Jazmin Munoz

Vice President of Membership Affairs
Industrial Engineering 2021

Hello everybody,

My name is Jazmin Munoz and I am a third year Industrial Engineering student. I am extremely passionate about the STEM field and helping others. I was born and raised in the small desert city of Palm Springs, but my family is originally from San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco. I have been a member of SHPE for the last year 2 years and this year I am very honored to serve as your Vice President of Membership. This year I will be coordinating the MentorSHPE program designed to be an interactive, personal, and effective way of helping students adopt and be successful in their undergraduate. I am extremely interested in the MentorSHPE program because I myself was involved my freshman year and it allowed for me to adjust especially as a first generation student. I am so excited to see what this year has in store and I hope to see you all at the meetings!

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Cindy Sevilla Esparza

Vice President of Community Affairs
Environmental Engineering 2019

Hello everyone! My name is Cindy Sevilla Esparza and I will be serving as the Vice President of Community Affairs this year. I am a fourth year Environmental Engineering major with an interest in water and wastewater. I am very passionate about outreach and giving back to communities like mine that helped me pursue engineering.

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and came to the United States before I was a year old. I have lived in Lynwood, California (LA area) for several years and enjoy the diverse food options and activities the area has to offer. On my free time, I love cooking, watching Grey's Anatomy, going to Montaña de Oro, and playing sports. This summer, I had the pleasure of working at Tanner Pacific Inc. in Redwood City. The company specializes in construction management for water projects and helped me develop as a professional.

If you have any questions about volunteering or participating in outreach events, feel free to contact me at or at any general meeting!

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Hector Delgado Marquez

Chapter Events Officer
Aerospace Engineering 2020

Hello everyone! My name is Hector Delgado Marquez and I’m a second year aerospace engineering student. I was born in Los Angeles but raised in the Central Valley by a loving family of Mexican immigrants. I decided to major in aerospace because ever since I was five years old, I wanted to be an astronaut (despite being raised around agriculture). The Astronaut, Jose Hernandez of Salinas, California made me realize that no matter your upbringing, economic status, or ethnicity, anything is possible with some passion and a great work ethic. Si se puede!

I chose to come to Cal Poly because of programs like PolyCultural Weekend, the Educational Opportunity Program, and SHPE of course! They made it easier for me to find my familia here in SLO and enjoy the past two years. I have the pleasure of being your Chapter events officer this year and I plan to make this a fun year for y’all. From intramural soccer all the way kayaking excursions, I will ensure you enjoy your time here in the Central Coast with your familia.


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Roberto Arzate

Academics Officer
Aerospace Engineering - Astronautics 2019

My name is Roberto Arzate, and I will be this year’s Academics Officer for the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I will be earning my bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering by the end of Spring 2019 as a third-year transfer student from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA.

As the Academics Officer for Cal Poly SHPE, I intend to improve the academic performance of our members via motivation and other constructive means. I also want to help others identify why it is they’re pursuing a degree in higher education. Having suffered from a lack of motivation in the past, I know how frustrating it can be; I want others to know that it’ll pass, and that they will soon experience better days.

When I’m not doing homework or placing the finishing touch on a lab report, I enjoy going for a hike or simply staying inside and baking a sweet treat. You’ll often catch me “drumming” on a desk, or zoning out into my own thoughts, but I will always lend an ear to those willing to share thoughts of their own. School is tough, there’s no doubt about it, but I choose to confront the challenges it brings, with a smile across my face.


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Jomil Aquipel

Chief Technical Officer
Mechanical Engineering 2020

Hello everyone! My name is Jomil Aquipel and I am a second year Mechanical engineer. I was born in Tijuana and lived there for 8 years until I moved to San Diego, the best city in the country ! SHPE is a great way to connect both professionally to industries and socially to a great family of individuals so if you’re reading this join SHPE ! In my free time I like to work out, play soccer and basketball, and hang out with friends. If you want to be my friend you can always hit me up!

As chief technical officer I am in charge of setting up tours, design competitions, and finding internships for you to gain experience in engineering. I am looking forward to helping all of you.

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Enlly Bugarin

Public Relations Officer
Materials Engineering 2019

Hi everyone, my name is Enlly Bugarin. I came to the U.S. from Mexico when I was seven years old but have lived in the bay area ever since. I am a third-year transfer in the Materials Engineering department, and I’ll be graduating from Cal Poly this upcoming Spring. I also will be pursuing a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering starting Fall 2019 (not sure where yet!). This summer I was an intern at the Tesla Gigafactory and the previous summer I interned at the research laboratory for E. & J. Gallo. I’ve been involved with SHPE since I was a senior in high school, so I am super passionate about our mission. This year I’ll be your Public Relations officer and I hope to keep you all updated on all the awesome events we have planned.

When I am not studying at the MEP, you can usually find me at local coffee shops. I also enjoy working out, watching Netflix, and just kicking back with friends. I’m a huge fan of nature, so hit me up if you ever want to go hiking or exploring! Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any ideas as to how we can better the emails or if you are not receiving them.

I look forward to meeting you all!

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Bryan Garcia

Architectural Engineering 2019

Hi y’all! My name is Bryan Garcia, I am a third year Architectural Engineering student. I was born and raised in Hawthorne (LA). I listen to music as much as I can and I’ll always have a song stuck in my head. I enjoy playing the acoustic guitar. I also enjoy playing soccer and video games because I am a competitive person. This summer, I studied abroad in Lithuania at Vilnius Glediminas Technical University and got to travel around Italy and Spain.

I'm excited to be the treasurer for SHPE. As the treasurer, I hope to learn everyone’s name by the end of the year, even though I’m not good with names. I look forward to meeting new people and feel free to talk to me.

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Ivet Avalos

Mechanical Engineering 2020

Hello everyone! I am Ivet Avalos, a second-year mechanical engineering student from Moorpark, CA. I am extremely interested in the biomedical industry and had the opportunity to work at Kinamed Inc, a surgical tools development company this past summer.

My job as secretary is to plan the end of the year banquet, run elections, and document all of our awesome events. I am very excited to get to know all of you and show you the great Familia that you can find at SHPE. SHPE was one of the main reasons I committed to Cal Poly, so I truly try to give back in any way that I can. Other than with SHPE and in class, you can usually catch me on a hike, dancing at the Grad, or finding all the best food in town. Looking forward to this great year and please feel free to come say hi!

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Christian Ramirez

Web Master
Electrical Engineering 2020

Hey everybody!

I am excited to be SHPE’s Webmaster this year. I am responsible for updating the club’s website and setting up any technical equipment used. I was born in Guadalupe, CA. I am a second-year transfer student majoring in Electrical Engineering. I have also been part of SHPE since my first year in at Cal Poly. I can testify for the professional and academic benefits that this organization offers its members. Take advantage and network!

If you have any questions about SHPE, my position, myself, or any other please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Gabriel Medina-Kim

SHPE Jr. Chair
Computer Science 2020

Hello familia! I am Gabriel and I use he/him/his pronouns. I am a third-year Computer Science undergrad student from San Francisco. This summer, I worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission where I interned with level 1 service desk technicians. At this point, I am looking to make the transition from hardware to software.

I firmly believe in the mission of SHPE Jr. and that we positively influence the lives of those we work with. Furthermore, I am proud to bring my background in youth volunteering to the position. Not only did I tutor elementary school students throughout high school, but I am also an active staff member in a SF Bay Area K-8 youth program that focuses on empowering kids to develop their emotional intelligence. Last year, I served as the SHPE Jr. Chief Technical Officer, where I managed our file storage and developed our committee’s first programming/computing activity.

This will be a very exciting year! With the founding of Santa Maria High School’s new SHPE Jr. chapter, we are in a phenomenal position to increase the range of our impact and improve our internal processes as we scale. If you are interested in how SHPE impacts the lives of local Hispanic youth, would like to volunteer, or have ideas that you would like to bring to the forefront of outreach, please do not hesitate to connect with me.


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Santiago Cisneros

Alumni Relations Officer
Aerospace Engineering 2019

Hello SHPE members, alumni, and future SHPE members, I’m Santiago Cisneros or Santi for short and I’m a 1st year Aerospace Engineering Graduate student with an emphasize in Aeronautical Engineering. I grew up in Los Angeles where I’m heavily involved in my community through volunteering and speaking to students who wish to pursue higher education. I’m this year’s Alumni Officer where my goal is to connect SHPE members with Alumni who majored in the same major or who work in the companies that our members may one day want to work at. Keep a look out for events such as Alumni Skype chats, Alumni mixers, and other opportunities to connect with Alumni. If you are an Alum and want to connect with our members, please feel free to email me so that I may add you to the email database that I use to relay information to our Alumni.

Other than that, you can usually find me tutoring in Bldg. 40, working out, reading, or researching in the library since my thesis consists heavily on Thermodynamics and Fluids. If you ever want to hangout or simply talk about all things Aeronautical or Hypersonic Aerodynamics, feel free to shoot me an email as well. I’m currently writing a book as well, so you might see me carrying a lot of horror and sci-fi books around. Good luck this year and hope to see you all at the SHPE meetings or outreach events!

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Brian Santa Maria

DCAB Officer
Electrical Engineering 2020

Hello people! My name is Brian Santa Maria and I’m majoring in EE. I transferred from Allan Hancock Fall 17’ so I’m a junior now. I’m originally from Lompoc, CA and have lived there my whole life! I found out I wanted to be an engineer from a STEM academy in high school. I was lucky to have enrolled in an electronics course there and intuitively knew this was for me.

I have the honor of being your Diversity Committee Advisory Board (DCAB) Officer where I’ll be mainly in charge of collaborative efforts with other engineering/non-engineering clubs on campus. Basically, creating events for you to help/enhance your experience here at Cal Poly. I have a history of helping others where I can so if you have a question please feel free to ask me! I became an officer because I want to help and continue a proactive force within SHPE. We are a familia so that means we’re there for each other, so say hi if I see you around campus!

Although I don’t usually have the time for it, I enjoy playing video games, lately I’ve been playing Overwatch which is a ton fun. I love watching movies and conscious oriented documentaries. I have an immense passion for soccer, so I’ll watch a game when I can.


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Christopher Barta

Outreach Assistant
Aerospace Engineering 2019

My name is Chris Barta, I am a senior aerospace engineering major. I was born and raised in Winnemucca, Nevada and I am honored to be your new Outreach Assistant. This summer I had the privilege to intern at a startup plasma research company called H Quest Vanguard, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As the new Outreach assistant, it is my goal to set up support services to as many underserved communities as I can. I never received any academic help in high school as my school did not have the resources to support tutoring or engineering activities. I want the students in the surrounding underserved areas to have those resources I did not have and to inspire them to consider STEM. I want them to know that there is a community here to support them and can help them achieve their goals.

I enjoy outdoorsy activities, soccer (the real football), baking, cooking, gardening, reading, binge watching shows and movies, cycling, and 3D printing. If you have any ideas for outreach activities or just want to say hi just run me down! I am looking forward to a great year with you!

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Saraith Aispuro

Tour Ambassadors Chair
Manufacturing Engineering 2019

Hello! My name is Saraith and I am a fourth-year manufacturing engineering student from Sacramento. I have been a SHPE member since my first year and I it has really helped me grow as a leader and engineer. This summer, I had a manufacturing engineering internship at Melfred Borzall. Aside from engineering, I enjoy volunteering, trying new coffee shops, and hiking.

This year I have the privilege to serve as your SHPE Tour Ambassador Chair! I am excited to hold this position and my goal is to showcase Cal Poly through the eyes of students of color. Joining this committee will give you the opportunity to practice your public speaking and interpersonal skills. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I look forward to meeting you all and making this another great year!

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Daniel Gonzalez

Transfer Student Representative
Materials Engineering 2021

Hello SHPE Familia!

I'm from Santa Barbara, CA. Son of Eduardo and Neomi Gonzalez. I went to Santa Barbara High School then attended Santa Barbara City College working part time and enrolled full time pursuing engineering. I enjoy soccer, hiking, dancing, biking, memes, surfing, meditating, and making breakfast food.

I was the President for SHPE Ingenium at Santa Barbara City College for 2 years where I learned that leading my example is a key attribute to being an asset to the workplace. I am a Materials Engineering major with a minor in Physics. I have two years of research and development experience optimizing the performance and fabrication of solar cells in both the private sector- NEXT Energies Technologies, and graduate level research at the University of New Mexico Center of High Technology Materials. I want to make an impact by slowing down the rate of global warming through renewable energy. Educating the next generation with emphasis in sustainability and non linear learning tactics is something I would also like to invest my time in.


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Christian Ferrandino

Freshman Student Representative
Mechanical Engineering 2022

Hi all, my name is Christian Ferrandino, I’m a first-year mechanical engineering student and I’m excited to serve as your freshman representative this year! I was raised in Lancaster, California in a Costa Rican family. I decided to come to Cal Poly after attending Polycultural Weekend and interacting with the close-knit community of minority students, including SHPE! I had the opportunity to intern at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works over this past year, where I discovered my passion for vehicle design and prototyping.

As your freshman representative, I plan to organize a mix of fun and professional development events for our freshmen, as well as act as the voice for first-years in this organization. You can usually catch me in the MCC or studying in the library. Feel free to contact me through email or whenever you see me around campus if you have any questions!