Meet the LeaderSHPE

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Mechanical Engineer
Raytheon
Email: gfranco272@gmail.com


Gerardo obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He now works as a Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon where he designs satellites for earth science research. He decided to become a part of the board because as a first-generation college graduate, he received support from mentors throughout his journey in engineering school. Now that he has graduated, he feels it is his turn to fill the shoes of a mentor and give back to his community. The executive board at SBLA shares a common goal, to give back through volunteer services.



Gerardo Franco
President
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Systems Engineer
Northrop Grumman
Email: acandido1074@gmail.com


Andre obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University New York at New Paltz and his Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He now works as a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman where he does mission engineering, applied research, and business development. He decided to become a part of the board to give back to the community and help develop the next generation of minority engineers.



Andre Candido
VP of Internal Operations
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California State University, Los Angeles
Email: erniec613@gmail.com


Ernesto is a recent graduate from California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering. Ernesto was hired into Engineering Career Foundation Program (ECFP) at The Boeing Company. Prior to ECFP, he had two summer internships with Boeing as a Flight Test Engineer, at the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) in China Lake, CA. Ernesto Covarrubias is passionate about increasing the academic and professional advancement of students in college, high school, and middle school. During the academic year he served as the President for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student chapter and he received the Undergraduate Student Role Model Award at the SHPE National Conference in 2016. Ernesto also helped his chapter increase active membership from 15 to 110 paid SHPE members, and they were awarded the “SHPE Blue Chip” and “Most Collaborative SHPE Chapter” in Region 2.

Ernesto Covarrubias
VP of External Operations
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Project Engineer
Critical Structures
Email: meeoup@outlook.com


Andres obtained his Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He now works as a Project Engineer at Critical Structures where he provides clients with requested project specific specialty structural engineering services and consultations for architects and building owners to determine and provide their project specific structural requirements for their buildings. He decided to become a part of the board because SHPE SBLA is the most vibrant professional organization around and he wants to contribute maintaining this legacy and invigorate its future.



Andres Medina
Secretary
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System Engineering
Northrop Grumman
Email: carrasco.manny@gmail.com


Manuel graduated in 2007 from California State Polytechnic, University of Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After a few years of working as a System Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman he returned to Cal Poly, Pomona for a Masters in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Analog and Digital Communications. Manuel is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Pepperdine with an emphasis in Finance. With over 8 years of experience in the Aerospace industry, he has worked on various programs in both Space and Air. He has also studied in areas of manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

Manuel has previous treasurer experience with the Space Park Toastmasters Chapter. In his spare time he volunteers for the Big Brother Big Sisters of America Organization. He has experience presenting to college and high school students about college and his experience in STEM. He first became involved with SHPE during his undergraduate studies and believed in the work SHPE does for students. He hopes to develop himself as well as others professionally during his role as treasurer.

Manuel Carrasco
Treasurer
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Measurememt Engineer
Northrop Grumman
Email: riveraagil@gmail.com


Armando obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He now works as a Measurement Engineer at Northrop Grumman where he designs and develops data acquisition systems, sensors, instrumentation, and applications programming used in support of floor integration and test operations to include: static, fatigue, thermal vacuum, vibration, acoustic, and shock testing. He decided to become a part of the board because he would like to bring value to middle school, high school, and college students and professionals which support SHPE's mission through participation as well as the sharing of valuable information.

Armando Rivera Gil
Director of IT
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Engineer

Email: rosaocegueda9@gmail.com


Rosa obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She now works as a Structural Designer at Critical Structures where she provides structural consulting for a wide range of projects such as new, existing, or historic buildings, deferred submittals, and product approvals. She decided to become a part of the board because she feels she has gained enough professional experience to be able to reach out and help others thinking about and education and/or career in STEM.

Rosa Ocegueda
Director of Marketing
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Mechanical Engineer
Raytheon
Email: jbahena@asu.edu

Juan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. He now works as a Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon where he helps design and manufacture components for GPS avionics on fighter aircraft platforms. This helps with positioning, navigation, and timing of tactical warfare for national security. He decided to become a part of the board because he believes in the STEM pipeline and promoting STEM from K-12, college, and the professional level. SHPE and MAES were there for him in college and he feels its his turn to give back.
Juan Bahena
Director of Events
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Multi-Disciplined Engineer
Raytheon
Email: coming soon


Education BS Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Hobbies Jogging, Reading, Hiking, Dancing and Foodie
Fun Fact Preparing To Run Half-Marathon In The Fall
Jasmin Guerrero
Student Chapter Liaison
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Mechanical Engineer
Chevron
Email: mg.schz@gmail.com

Miguel obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He now works as a Process Engineer at Chevron where he provides technical support for a running operation that makes gasoline and other fuel products to power our world. He develops new ideas to improve safety, reliability, and optimization of the processes. He decided to become a part of the board to actively identify opportunities for others and himself to give back to our communities. He also joined to bridge the gap with our MAES counterparts, who have the same goals of empowering young Latino(a) students to reach their potential in STEM fields.
Miguel Sanchez
Director of Outreach