Features Hispanic Leaders

Kathleen Martinez – BP

If she could turn back the clock to her schoolgirl years, Kathleen Martinez might well immerse herself in the STEM curriculum that she so encourages today’s young people to consider, especially those who have been bypassed by the science-technology-engineering-math professions. But when Martinez, the youngest of 14 children born to a loving family in Laredo, […]

Kristine Salerno—United Technologies Corporation

It’s been two years since you left your job—to spend more time with your family, care for aging parents, follow your military spouse when deployed—and you’re ready to get back on the horse. You have the experience, you have the credentials, but with interviews few and far between, you can’t help but wonder if opportunity […]

Laura Marquez – Google Inc.

Government to Google has been her professional journey, and it’s one that Laura Marquez hopes will blaze a trail for other ambitious young people. Especially those who share her Hispanic heritage, which remains underrepresented across many industries and at many companies, including the one where Marquez has worked since 2016. Socially conscious Google Inc. is […]

Louis Terry – BAE Systems Inc.

Picture a room full of engineers and U.S. government stakeholders—the vanguard of the country’s nuclear deterrent program—discussing how to best evaluate and upgrade critical equipment. Within a few moments, they enter a mixed reality environment where they can see system requirements and digital models up close—all on a single collaborative digital screen. Or a field […]

Michael Guiracocha – Ford

He completed an internship with NASA the summer after his junior year of college. Within a month of graduating—the first in his family to do so—he landed as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. Three years later, at the age of 24, he was overseeing all exterior, interior and chassis warranty claims at the company’s […]

Neelam Chohan – Honeywell International Inc.

Her earlier career may have proved more rewarding, but only in the tangible aspects. For at a young age, Neelam Chohan had acquired a reputation as a capable litigator with a prestigious London-based law firm. Only after a few years in that game did Neelam realize it wasn’t where she wanted to commit her career. […]

Rob Anchondo – Honeywell

As he gazed out at the thousands of youthful faces staring back intently from the audience, Robert Anchondo couldn’t help but marvel at the gravity of it all. Thirty years ago, it might’ve been him out there, listening to an accomplished Hispanic engineer talk about their journey, about hurdles scaled and odds overcome. That’s when […]

Rodrigo Tomas Garcia – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Whenever Rodrigo Garcia attends an event hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the organization he helped found nearly 50 years ago, he always finds himself fielding the same three-word question. Are you surprised? Between the throngs of young professionals packing the convention center halls and the well-known speakers and panelists, it’s abundantly […]

Sylvia Acevedo – Girl Scouts of the USA

Not long into her tenure as president and CEO of CommuniCard, Sylvia Acevedo received a phone call from a researcher at Stanford University, where she had received her master’s in engineering two decades earlier. As one of the first Latina students to earn a graduate engineering degree from the prestigious school, Acevedo was asked how, […]

Theresa Maldonado – University of Texas at El Paso

In 1976, during her freshman year at Georgia’s Macon Junior College, Theresa Maldonado sat down for a meeting with her math professor. She can still picture the classroom, where the window was and how the light hit the floor at her feet. Mostly, though, she remembers the sinking feeling. “The message was, ‘Women don’t belong […]

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