Magazine article ASEE Prism

Hispanic Heritage Month

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Engineers of Hispanic descent have made notable contributions to science, engineering, innovation, and education. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2019, ASEE salutes these trailblazing engineers and educators.

Diana Gomez is the Central Valley regional director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. She has taken on the daunting task of establishing the United States' first highspeed rail network, which may one day transport commuters between Los Angeles and the Bay Area in less than three hours. She has worked since 2008 through many project delays and setbacks in acquiring land and constructing tracks to run a train just part of the way-between Merced and Bakersfield-and is still not finished. Gomez, who earned her B.S. in electrical engineering from Fresno State in 1988, believes that high-speed rail is imperative in curing housing and job woes in the Central Valley region.

Raul Porras is an enterprise architect in the office of innovation at SAP and cofounder of the Latino STEM alliance, where he is also a board member. Porras earned his B.S. in computer engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2001 and his M.B.A. from Bentley College in 2007. With a passion for innovation, and noting the difference that a STEM education could make in a child's life, he helped found the Latino STEM alliance, where he and his team work with underresourced schools to bring robotics competitions, science fairs, and other hands-on activities to inspire the students to pursue STEM careers. …

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