is currently a Customer Account Manager for Zodiac Seats US LLC of the Zodiac Aerospace Group. Originally from South Texas, her design for a mechanical engineering degree and industry experience took her to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University, later transferring to Texas A&M University - Corpus Christ. While in school she held five internships; three of which were in the aerospace industry. Her favorite internship was working for the U.S. Army analyzing damage and implementing repairs for helicopters for our war fighters. Most recently, Martin served as Director of Professional Development for Region 5 for the 2014-2015 term. As one who strives to inspire and empower others, Martin aims to utilize her RVP tenure to provide all members - whether students entering high school all the way to experienced engineers - with the resources to ensure continued success. She is especially passionate about valuable and relevant benefits that will attract and retain professional membership as they are the closing end of the SHPE Familia pipeline.
Regional Student Representative
Sofia Alarcon is a senior in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She hopes to focus her career on Environmental Engineering. Last year, she served as President of UT-SHPE, leading 200 members and 18 officers. She previously served as Vice-President and Recruitment & Retention Director for the same chapter. As RSR, she hopes to facilitate communication between the leadership team and the chapters, as well as give all of the chapters access to any resources that they may need. She looks forward to getting to know all of the Region 5 chapters and creating a collaborative group of leaders in the region who can help and learn from each other. She has been involved for 4 years now and hopes to bring her passion and experience with SHPE to the regional level in order to assure that every student chapter is developing their members to the best of their ability and that SHPE continues to change lives.
Regional Graduate Representative
Abner Moreno is a graduate student pursuing his masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. Abner has held several positions at his local SHPE chapter and is excited to use his experience to bring the best resources to his region. He is currently pursing an internship in Houston, TX this summer.
Regional Marketing Director
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 Junior Representative
is a first generation college graduate from Liberty, Texas. He attended and graduated from Blinn College and Texas A&M University in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Currently he is pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University while also being employed as a Resident Engineer at Liberty Forge, Inc. Miguel was involved with SHPE while at Texas A&M University where he pioneered the leadership role of Director of Public Relations in 2011. He is currently actively involved with SHPE Houston Professional Chapter. His passion is to help others by establishing and achieving goals and getting it done.