Fernando was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and is a first generation college graduate. Fernando graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He’s currently an Engineer III at Pape-Dawson Engineers where he works in the land development department on commercial and residential projects.
Received in 2016, the Young Engineer of the year Award from the Houston Society of Professional Engineers, Houston Professional SHPE Chapter.
Is the current President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Chapter.
Regional Graduate Representative
Oscar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Biophotonics Center in the department of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Ayala earned his B.S. (2012) in biomedical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Ayala's work at the Biophotonics Center, which uses light to understand and develop optical techniques for disease diagnosis and treatment, was inspired by his high school physics teacher who taught him about the properties of light and optical instrumentation.
His interest in developing optical tools for diagnostic applications led him to his dissertation project, which is focused on using Raman spectroscopy to characterize middle ear infections with the goal of improving diagnosis. Although Ayala's three siblings were born in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, Ayala was born in Houston, TX after his parents left their families and everything they owned in México for the possibility that their children would acquire a higher-level education in the U.S.
His passion for working with underrepresented minorities in the sciences/engineering can be seen through the various organizations that he founded in college and graduate school, educational workshops he has assembled, and graduate school recruiting efforts at national conferences and universities.
Regional Student Representative
Susana Campos was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, very south of Texas. She is currently a senior, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Business Economics at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She is the former 2016-2017 SHPE – UTRGV Chapter President, leading and increased her chapter involvement (by 188% increase) of 230 active members. She hopes to focus her career in not only Materials Science, but as well as start up her own small businesses in the future.
As RSR5, Susana is determined to facilitate communication between the regional leadership team and student chapters. She hopes to give and create resources to all chapters they could find very useful. She’s super excited to work with region 5, to establish and grow personal relationships with all Region 5 chapter leaders and members. She’s determined to create and expand a collaborative group of leaders in the region, who can learn successes, challenges, and failures from one another.
Being a part of the SHPE familia for 4 years now, she continues to motivate and support members and the community by striving to fulfill SHPE’s five pillars: academic development, leadership development, career development, chapter development, and outreach. She holds a strong passion for making a positive difference to our younger generation and community. She aims to help others, by encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities that are out there, and what they can do to give back to the community. She hopes to bring this passion and experience in the regional level to assure that all Region 5 student chapters are developing their members to the best of their abilities and that SHPE Region 5 continues to change more and more lives.
By promoting the advancement of Hispanic Engineers in the areas of academia, corporate, and the public sector, she hopes to improve the quality and quantity of Hispanic professionals in our society. She will continue to provide members with opportunities for professional growth and development, leadership development, academic enrichment and community outreach.
Regional Junior Representative
Miguel is a first generation college graduate from Liberty, Texas who currently resides in Houston, Texas. In 2013 he graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Engineering Technology with a minor in Math and was then employed at Liberty Forge, Inc. as the Resident Engineer. While at Liberty Forge, Inc. he began night school for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University. After two and a half years, in December 2016, he completed his course work and graduated with a Masters of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering all while working full time.
He is also involved with the SHPE Houston Professional board as the Scholarship Coordinator and continues to maintain strong ties with the greater Houston area SHPE university chapters. His focus as Regional Junior Representative is to help junior chapters develop their curriculum and programs to better serve the needs of high school Hispanic students interested in the STEMs field.