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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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Cindy Sevilla Esparza

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Civi and Environmental Engineering, M.S.

Hello everyone! my name is Cindy Sevilla Esparza. I am a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student. I am focusing my thesis on the removal of emerging contaminants in wastewater using advanced oxidation methods.

I am from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but I grew up in Lynwood, CA, a small suburb south of Los Angeles. My hobbies include working out, reading, cooking, watching Netflix, and going to the beach. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood made it hard for me to decide what career I wanted to focus on because not many people I knew had a formal education. I always liked math and science growing up, so I decided to pursue some sort of STEM related career.

Throughout my time in college, I interned at three different companies, ranging from general contractors, to a water resources management firm. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles county where I helped compile information on their pumping plants, as well as do preliminary hydraulic analysis for sizing pumps.

SHPE has helped me by giving me one of my strongest support systems in college, as well as opening my network to a wide array of companies. SHPE has given me my familia, and as this year's president, I hope to provide that to all of our members. I am in charge of overseeing all the officers and reporting our activities, successes, and statistics to SHPE National.

If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to email me or talk to me at a meeting! I would love to meet everyone one on one and really get to know xour amazing members.

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William Guillen

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Civil Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is William Guille. I am a 3rd year Transfer Civil Engineering major. I am pursuing this major because I want to be able to design sustainable skyscrapers, hospitals, stadiums. apartments, hotels, and custom homes.

I am from San Jose, CA. My hobbies include playing sports, hiking, mountain biking, painting, fixing things, volunteering, and reading.

I spent this summer working at MGM Drywall in San Jose, CA. I worked on pre-planning for the upcoming and current projects, and worked with the management team on the development aspect of the company. I also built computers for the company and helped out with IT stuff.

SHPE has helped me develop my leadership skills and expanded my network. In addition, over my involvement in SHPE, I have learned that giving back to the community is the most rewarding thing. As Vice President of Corporate Affairs officer, I am in charge of preparing the members to be the best candidiates for the recruiters and talk to companies to host them at our general meetings. I oversee alumni relations and chef technical officer.

If you have any questions regarding the career fairs, resumes, interview preparation, and other carreer preparation events, please feel free to talk to William when you see him on campus.

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Celeste Esparza

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Vice President of Membership Affairs
Civil Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Celeste. I am a fourth year civil engineering student. I am pursuing civil engineering because I would love to contribute to the built world around us and provide sustaianble solutions to it.

I am from San Diego, California. You can find me eating, working out, hammocking, and watching movies.

This past summer I interned at Caltrans in San Diego. Here I learned about the different functional units of our department of transportation and how they come together to complete major projects throughout the state.

SHPE has helped me find a belonging at Cal Poly. SHPE has become a community that I feel comfortable and valued in. I hope to welcome new and returning students and give them the sense of strong familia that SHPE has given me. As the VP of Membership Affairs, I am here to make sure our members are satisfied and engaged with our organization.

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Armando Diego Lopez

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Vice President of Community Affairs
Electrical Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Armando. I am a 3rd year Electrical Engineering major. I am pursuing EE because the world is becoming more dependant on electricity and I would like to make an impact on creating a sustainabe and renewable society.

I am from San Diego, CA. My hobbies include working out, being active, and in generalenjoying life.

I have interned at Texas Instruments. My role there was as a Product Marketing Intern where I did part business work revolved around Buck Converters and Controllers in the Automotive Market.

SHPE has helped me by connecting me with the latino community on campus, making me feel more at home as I was struggling to find my place in college my 1st year. It has also helped me grow greatly as a proffessional and a person in general. I've been able to take advantage of the many various proffessional, community, and leadership opportunities SHPE offers and it has helped me tremendously to grow my confidence when I speak to industry members and help me get involved and give back to the community.

As a VP of community Affairs officer, I am in charge of overseeing our outreach efforst and initiatives.

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Gerardo Parra

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Chapter Events Officer
Electrical Engineering

Hello everyone! My name is Gerardo Parra. I am a third year Electrical Engineering major. I am pursuing this major because I hope to take part in advancing our current technology in order to increase our renewable energy usage and reduce out carbon footprint.

I am from Delano, CA. My hobbies include going to the gym, playing baseball, and paintballing.

I have interned at Southern California Edison. I learned the engineering behind maintaining infrastructurein order to safely deliver power to all SCE customers.

SHPE has helped me find people who share the same interests an struggles that I have.

As Chapter Events officer, I am in charge of planning fun and exciting events in hope to create bonds within our SHPE familia.

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Isaac Corona-Quiles

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Academics Officer
Mechanical Engineering

Hello everyone, my nmae is Isaac Corona-Quiles. I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering major. I am pursuing this major because I want to gain an understanding in the mechanical systems we encounter in our everyday lives and because I want to make an impact in sustainability.

I am from Pomona, CA. My hobbies include going to the gym, playing video games, cooking, and working on my car.

This summer, I worked at a family owned trucking business. I spote to clients and employees over the phone, resolved problems efficiently, multitasked, and developed my organizational skills. It was a great learning experience because I had to learn and adapt to an industry in which I had no experience.

SHPE has helped me by connecting me to other first generation minority students. It helped me gain a sense of familia when I first started at Cal Poly. SHPE has also helped me professonally by allowing me to develop interpersonal skills and network with industry.

As the Academics Officer, I am in charge of supporting SHPE members academically and ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in college.

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Maria Duran-Macario

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Chief Technical Officer
Civil Engineering

Hola, my SHPE familia, my name is Maria Duran-Macario. I am a second year, transfer Civil Engineering major. I am pursuing a Civil Engineering major because I wanted to take part in building a sustainable future for next generations. Through engineering I can do this by thinking about the planet, people and substainability while at the same time doing something I am passionate about.

I am from Madera Ranchos, California where I spent most of my life. However, I was born in Mexico City, in Mexico after five years my family decided to move to the U.S. Growing up, I enjoyed math, science, and physics classes which encouraged me to pursue engineering. My hobbies include sketching, hikinh, and photography. I love going to Yosemite for hikes.

I have interned at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the Gas Operations department under Backbone Planning. I worked on a three month long project. I was responsible for updating the computer model of PG&E's largest transmission pipeline system for strategy planning and marketing purposes. My time at PG&E gave me a new perspective on the type of company I would love to work for in terms of culture and values for their customers and employees.

SHPE has helped me by providing me with oppportunities to strengthen my proffessional skills. They always offer a good variety of workshops, presenters, and resources. Different SHPE membershave been motivating and helpful. I have been able to see successful, proffessional engineers that have similar stories to mine and to which I can relate to.

As Chief Technical Officer, I am in charge of looking for internships/co-ops, planning out company tours, as well as design competitions for student members.

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Esperanza Guinevere Castillo

Pronouns: She/They
Public Relations Officer
Architecture (switching to Civil Engineering

Hola, my name is Esperanza Guinevere CAstillo, I also go by Gwen. I am a 2nd year Architecture major switching to Civil Engineering. I am pursuing a Civil Engineering Major because I love how broad its subdivisons are and I hope to work in the Themed Entertainment Engineering industry in the future to help make great lasting memories for everyone.

I am from Downtown Los Angeles, California! My parents are from Mexico and Nicaragua and they both both moved to Los Angeles in their teenage years. While I was growing up I was very interested in the arts and mathematics, which is why I tried an Architecture major first. I didn't feel as connected as I hoped to be but was able to find that connection through the Civil Engineering major. My hobbies include going to Disneyland, dancing, photography, reading, classic literature, learning foreign, and art. I also love animals, I have three dogs of my own back home!

For roughly the roughly past academic year, I have voluntereed for Cal Poly's New Student Transition Programs, specifically Open House, Polycultural Weekend, and most recently Week of Welcome.

SHPE has helped me by not only providing all these opportunities for Latinx students in Engineering, but by also creating a welcoming group of people who understand and support each other.
As Public Relations officer, I am in charge of E-mails and social media, keeping all of you connected with SHPE!

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Antonio Hernandez-Abrego

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Environmental Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Antonio Hernandez-Abrego. I am an Undergraduate student in my Junior year studying Environmental Engineering. Born and raised to immigrant farmworkers in the agriculutural town of Watsonville, CA, my mindset was heavily influenced to pursue a higher education to assist my family out of poverty. Being surrounded by Agriculture and understanding that the world's population will increase to 9 Billion inhabitants by 2050, as an overall goal I am determined to find farming alternatives with water conservation and bonding commmunities.

I enjoy eating and cooking delicious food. I will complain about gas prices, but not about food prices when I am at a restaurant. Keeping a clean car is a hobby that I enjoy and keeps me content.

I am an intern at Earth Systems Pacific, a Geotechnical Engineering Firm located in Hollister and San Luis Obispo. I am grateful for the opportunity of being able to work and learn there while attending school. Throughout my time at Earth Systems, I have learned how to perform Moisture vs. Density tests on soils, classifying soils, compaction testing, sightsee grading observation jobs, drill 50 feet into the ground, perform infiltration testing, interact with contractors, draft on AutoCAD and many more.

SHPE has helped me understand that as a Latino minority in the Engineering industry, you are a valuable individual who brings important ideas to the table. Although many of us are first generation students and do not have a background with educated parents, we must push forward and give it our best to connect with as many people who have the same ambitious mindset as you in order to succed.

As Treasurer, I am in charge of maintaining a welcoming environment to encourage new and current students to interact within the club. As well as maintaining club funds at the projected amount, and refunding students for their club expenses.

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Lauren Barrera Reny

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Biomedical Engineering

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren. I am a 2nd-year biomedical engineering major. I am pursuing my major because I hope to improve the quality of life for all

I am from Azuza, CA. I love to work out so maybe catch me at the rec sometime doing spin or yoga or running. I also love food! One of my favorites is boba, nut I love all food in general except I am lactose intolerant so it can be rough time to time.
I have interned at USC's Health Science campus, I studied pharmacology and learned about the process of packing and administrating drugs to bone marrow transplant patients.

SHPE has made me feel so much more comfortable at SLO.

As an officer, I am in charge of meeting minutes, elections, and the spring banquet!

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Carlos A. Gonzalez

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Web Master
Electrical Engineering

Hello everyone!

My name is Carlos. I am a second year electrical engineering major.

I am from Oxnard, CA. My hobbies include watching soccer, playing soccer with friends, and listening to music (mainly in spanish).

As webmaster, I am responsible for updating the club's website and setting up any tehcnical equipment used.

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Bianca Aleman

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
SHPE Jr. Chair
Biomedical Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Bianca Aleman. I am a 5th year biomedical engineering major. I really love biomedical engineering because it is the perfect combination of engineering and biology (I was previously a biology major) and a biomedical engineer is an amazing way to help patient lives.

I am currently interning with Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, CA. I am working as a R&D intern in their Advanced Technology division on a new heart failure device. It is really exciting to be part of the ream that is developing a product that will hopefully one day improve the lives of millions of people who suffer from heart disease.

SHPE has helped me by really giving me a family away from home. Not only have I grown both as a student and a leader but I have also found my support system here. As a transfer student, the transition process of moving to a new area and school can be difficult. I was immediately welcomed into the SHPE familia where I found may other transfers that had once been in my shoes going through some of the same struggles as frst year transfers.

As the SHPE Jr. Chair, I am in charge of coordinating all of the SHPE Jr. meetings and events wth our partnered high schools in Santa MAria for the year. My goal for this year is to get more SHPE members involved with SHPE Jr. by volunteering at our events and have more frequent and have more frequent, larger events for our SHPE Jr. chapters.

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Saraith Aispuro

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Alumni Relations Officer
Manufacturing Engineering
Ethnic Studies Minor

Hello everyone, my name is Saraith Aispuro. I am a 5th year manufacturing engineering major with a minor in ethnic studies. I really enjoy manufacturing engineering because it gives me the chance to work with other engineering majors as well as the factory workers. Having an ethnic studies minor helps me communicate and understand people and their intersectional identities.

I grew up in south Sacramento. My hobbies include volunteering with SHPE, trying new boba places, and going to Costco.

This summer I worked with EOP in Summer Institute. I was a Psychology 201 learning assistant to 7 amazing students. This job helped me welcome new students, taught me patience, and taught me how to teach.

SHPE has helped me grow as an engineer and leader. Transitioning into Cal Poly was difficult, considering that I am a first-generation, low-income and grew up in one of the most diverse cities in California. But joining SHPE truly gave me the motivation to look past that, because the members shared similar experiences, yet were succeeding in college. SHPE has given me the opportunity to give back to my communities, lead and facilitate workshops and conferences, and most importantly introduced me to my lifelong friends.

As the alumni relations officer, I am in charge of building a strong database of Cal Poly and SHPE alumni. My goal for this year is to have a strong relationship with our professionals by reintroducing the mentoring program, quarterly newsletters and alumni socials.

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Alexa Marquez

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
DCAB Officer
Aerospace Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Alexa Marquez and I am a 3rd year Aerospace Engineering major. I'm from Hawthorne, California, a city in southwestern LA. I'm also a proud child of migrant parents froma pueblito in Jalisco, Mexico. Though my hometown is coincidentally the home of SpaceX, my knowledge of engineering was very limited. Why did I choose aerospace? To this day I don't know.

Outside of school, I have a few hobbies which include painting, hiking, going to the beach, and dancing. You can catch me on camous makking pizza or mentoring students in the TRIO offices! This year, I worked with the EPIC summer camp here at Cal Poly as a lab instructor. Since I plan to concentrate in aeronautics, I taught the campers the fundamentals of aerodynamics, design, building, and testing of gliders.

SHPE has helped me by giving me a community of hard-working individuals who all strive for similar things. We want to succeed academically in order to give back to our families. We want to make their sacrifices worth something. This community gives me the motivation and resources to work towards these goals.

As the Diversity Chair Advisory Board officer, I am in charge of being SHPE's liaison to other cultural engineering clubs and facilitating cultural events. I'm super excited to build connections to a diverse group of people who not only share our values professionally, but also culturally.

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Itzel Zapata

Outreach Assistant
Civil Engineering

Hello everyone, my name is Itzel Zapata. I am a third-year civil engineering major. I am from Palmdale, California. My hobbies include playing intramural soccer, futsal, and eating.

I have interned at the City of Palmdale, where I worked alongside senior civil engineers and project managers.

This is my second year as a SHPE member and I have enjoyed every inute of it. SHPE has helped me grow professionally and personally. My favorite events have been outreach events.

As the Outreach Assistant, I am in charge of the tutoring program at Morro Bay High School. I also assist the Vice President of Community Affairs in outreach events.

If you have any questions involving outreach, please feel free to reach out to me!

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Karina Sandoval

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tour Ambassadors Chair
Mechanical Engineering

Hello everyone! My name is Karina and I am from Lancaster, CA. I am a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering major. Being a low-income first generation student, I have always wanted to pursue a higher education to be able to support my family. Although choosing to leave hoe was a difficult decision, both emotionally and financially, I knew that it was my best option to one day give back to my parents for everything they have done for us.

Coming here, I was unaware of the lack of diversity Cal Poly has. However, I was very lucky to be accepted into TRIO Achievers Program, which focuses on helping low-income and first generation students. Through TRIO I was abe to meet some of the people that helped SLO feel like home. SHPE has also shaped me into a better leader and has opened up a different perspective on what it means to be a minority. Through my interactions with the members, I realized I wasn't the only one that felt different and out of place among classmates, but that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing nor an obstacle. If you have the opportunity of joining SHPE and ever see me around campus feel free to ay hi, and I hope you decide to become a member of our familia!

As the Tour Ambassador Chair, I am in charge of organizing all the tours we will be giving. My main goal is to reach out to as many low-income, first generation, and students of color who are considering Cal Poly as an option. I hope that we can all share our journey and struggles to help motivate those who feel that colllege is out of their reach.

Please feel free to contact me to become a part of the committee that will be giving the tours.