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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the history, culture, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

SME recognizes the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community as it relates to manufacturing. We understand that the labor force consists of a diverse group of individuals, and we support manufacturers who are embracing that diversity by actively implementing a workforce management strategy to leverage the talent of all people.

Manufacturing thrives when people of all backgrounds join together. Manufacturing, across industries, is at its best when the voices of all community members are being heard. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the voices within the Hispanic community and STEM fields. It’s important to acknowledge the positive impact this community has on manufacturing.

Young Hispanic Manufacturers

Viewing the Future of Manufacturing at Desert View

Viewing the Future of Manufacturing at Desert

Teaching at Desert View High School in this close-knit area of Tucson, Ariz. can be quite a challenge. Our student body is about 90 percent Hispanic, and in many households, both parents have to work.
Asking, Learning and Giving: Luis Rodriguez-Perez Blazes a Professional Trail

Asking, Learning and Giving: Luis Rodriguez-Perez Blazes a Professional Trail

A first-generation college student, Luis recalls promising his parents that he would work hard through college and that he would find a job even before graduating. He has kept his promise and is slated to begin work with Trane Technologies after graduation.
Wheeling High School Makes the Most of SME PRIME Program by Experiencing Manufacturing Up-Close at FABTECH

Wheeling High School Makes the Most of SME PRIME Program by Experiencing Manufacturing Up-Close at FABTECH

Students who are involved in the SME PRIME® (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) initiative at Wheeling High School (WHS) had the chance to relate their classwork to real-life industry by participating in a NASA HUNCH project and a FABTECH Student Summit.
A Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship for students underrepresented in STEM-related careers is helping 19-year-old Hispanic student Devin Baylon focus on his studies rather than on the financial burdens associated with college.

Scholarship Helps Hispanic Engineering Student Forge New Life Path

A Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship for students underrepresented in STEM-related careers is helping 19-year-old Hispanic student Devin Baylon focus on his studies rather than on the financial burdens associated with college.

Hispanic Community Members Advancing Manufacturing

Madeline Salazar

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Manufacturing Engineer

Madeline Salazar is first-generation college graduate, an MIT alumnus, a Mechanical Engineer and a leader in the engineering field. She was born and raised in East LA by immigrant parents of Mexican descent. She is currently a technology manager for additive and digital manufacturing development at Northrop Grumman. Salazar has worked on satellite production for Boeing and a smart factory portfolio initiative to develop automation at Northrop and is the Director of College Programs for the Latinas in STEM Foundation. In 2018 she was named to SME’s 30 Under 30 and in 2021 to Forbes 30 Under 30.

Ellen Ochoa

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Engineer and Astronaut

Ellen Ochoa is an engineer and former astronaut. She was the first Hispanic woman in space on the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She logged almost 1,000 hours in orbit and went on to serve as Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government.
Antonio Neri

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Engineer and Business Executive

Antonio Neri is an Argentinian-American businessman who currently serves as president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Neri started his  STEM career at a young age, when he was 15, he became an engineering apprentice for the Argentine Navy working to repair ships' radar and sonar systems. Throughout his career, Neri has worked with advanced technologies focusing on R&D, and new product development. In a recent keynote address, Neri explained that his purpose at HPE is to, “Advance the way people live and work…to ensure that digital transformation not only improves businesses but that it improves society as a whole.”

Arturo Elizondo

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Business Executive

Arturo Elizondo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clara Foods. Elizondo is making waves in the food manufacturing industry with animal-free proteins. Clara Foods has developed the world’s first animal-free egg white and other protein-based products. In 2019, Elizondo was named the NHI Person of the Year and in 2020 was included in Forbes 30 Under 30.

Mario A. Bolaños

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Engineer and Business Executive

Mario Bolaños has more than thirty years’ experience in semiconductor packaging and is the current Senior Director, Worldwide Regional Applications Engineering at Intel Corporation. Bolaños is the author of ten patents, numerous technical papers, and keynote speeches around the world. In 2018, Bolaños won the SHPE Award recognizing and honoring the contributions of Hispanic leaders in STEM fields.

Scarlin Hernandez

Scarlin_Hernandez_1[1].pngScarlin Hernandez

Spacecraft Engineer

Scarlin Hernandez is a Spacecraft Engineer for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. One of her largest projects was working on the James Webb Space Telescope for NASA. Shew was responsible for developing procedures to be executed onboard. In 2016, Hernandez started the Women Empowering Women Group at STScI to educate people about important issues like women’s history, discrimination and gender identity. In 2017, she was named one of 10 Latinas making their mark on STEM by online magazine Remezcla and featured by the Society for Women Engineers for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Diana Trujillo

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Aerospace Engineer

Diana Trujillo is an aerospace engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She currently leads the engineering team responsible for the robotic arm of the Perseverance rover. Trujillo hosted the first-ever Spanish-language NASA transmission of a planetary landing. She is a perfect example of how hard work and determination pay off. In an interview with NASA 360, Trujillo explained how science and engineering changed her life explaining, “I used to clean houses and today I’m trying to find out if there is life on another planet…it’s more about what is your enthusiasm, your passion, and if you are determined to do what you want to do in your life, you will find a way.”

Angeles Van Ryzin

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Powertrain Engineer

Angeles Van Ryzin is currently the Senior Powertrain Engineer at Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc. She studied at Cal Poly Pomona University, and in 2009 graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. Ryzin worked on the Kia Telluride which received the highest road test score of any Kia automobile at the time. In an interview with Latino Leaders Magazine, Ryzin explained the value of Latina women in the workforce, “we leverage our unique backgrounds bringing different and fresh ideas to the table that other team members don’t have.”

Enrique Riojas

Enrique_Riojas[1].jpgEnrique Riojas

Manufacturing Engineer and Business Executive

Enrique Riojas has worked as a Manufacturing Engineer with John Deere for 20+ years. He’s currently a Senior Manufacturing Operations Executive responsible for overall production working within the largest construction equipment manufacturing facility. In 2020, Riojas won the SPHE Award for Manager of the Year recognizing his leadership within the manufacturing industry.


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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: 2022 STAR Awards

The prestigious awards honor outstanding professionals for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to advance Hispanics in STEM careers. STAR Awards also recognize a company and government agency for demonstrating significant, measurable, and visible assistance to further SHPE’s programs.