Leadership

Leo Soto
Regional Vice President


Degree(s): B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University

Bio: Leo Soto is a Space Vehicle Design Responsible Engineering Authority at Boeing. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 2009. During his 9 years in industry, Leo has been involved in various Employee Resource Groups in different roles, currently serving for the Boeing Hispanic Employees Network in El Segundo, CA. He has been involved in SHPE 12 years, including serving as a founding member and first President of SHPE South Bay Los Angeles. He is a first generation college attendee and graduate, with parents from El Salvador and Guatemala. His hobbies include Spartan Racing, boxing, muay thai, travelling, and hiking.


Lauren Crawford
Regional Graduate Representative


School: University of Southern California

Major: Civil Environmental Engineering

Year: Current PhD student

Degree(s): B.S. in Civil Engineering from Widener University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California

Bio: Lauren is a PhD student in the Civil Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Widener University in 2015, and her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from USC in 2017. Her research currently focuses on an osmotically driven membrane process known as pressure-retarded osmosis, which is a means of capturing salinity gradient energy. This work has the potential to reduce energy consumption and the environmental impacts associated with ocean water desalination. Lauren has been a member of SHPE since 2017 and was appointed to the position of Regional Graduate Representative of Region 2 in May 2018. She aims to support and advocate for the needs of current and future graduate students in SHPE. Lauren is also the Treasurer of the USC Chapter of Mexico Innova - a group focused on promoting the excellence of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in a variety of fields.


Diana Ramos
Regional Junior Representative


Bio: Diana is a masters student studying engineering management at USC.


Angelica Franco
Regional Student Representative


School: University of California, Riverside

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year: 4th

Bio: Hi all, so a couple of fun facts about me. Hometown: I grew up in Palm Desert or the Coachella Valley so I have a deep love of the desert. Hobbies: reading, dancing, drawing, makeup & fashion Things I like: succulents, iced coffee, electronic planners, SHPE, my friends, engineering projects Things I dislike: traffic, cold weather, people who complain and don’t take action, and people that bring others down Things I hope to accomplish this year: (1) Create more streams of communication between the region and chapter level (2) Give chapters guidance to make leaders’ lives and chapters better (3) Make a lot of new SHPE friends.



Alex Berlanga
Vice Regional Student Representative


School: University of California, Santa Barbara

Major: Computer Engineering

Year: 4th

Bio: Since I transferred into university two years ago, I have been a part of UCSB’s Lation engineering organization, Los Ingenieros where I held a position as transfer representative. Currently I am one of SHPE Region 2’s vice regional student representatives where I oversee the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Fernando Valley Area. In my spare time, I volunteer my time in outreach to help out those who aim to achieve higher education from middle school to community college. Additionally, I enjoy dancing bachata, playing basketball, and playing table-top games.


Cynthia Castro
Vice Regional Student Representative


School: Arizona State University

Major: Computer Science

Year: 3rd

Bio: I am one of SHPE Region 2’s Vice Regional Student Representatives where I oversee the Arizona and Vegas chapter. In this coming year I hope to bridge any gaps in communication among chapters, and provide resources for them to succeed . More fun facts about me, I'm from Yuma, Arizona; I love dancing bachata and salsa; and most importantly, I'm passionate about increasing diversity in STEM. I take action in this by being active in SHPE and attending elementary schools to teach students (K-5) about engineering and circuitry.


Nico Magaña
Vice Regional Student Representative


School: University of California, Los Angeles

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: 5th

Bio: I am the outgoing president of the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES) at UCLA and currently the Region 2 Vice-RSR overseeing the San Diego sub-region. I have had three past software engineering internships, two at Qualcomm and most recently at Lyft. In my free time, I love to play soccer, learn guitar, hike/exercise, travel, and learn new languages.


Alejandro Martinez
Vice Regional Student Representative


School: California State University Northridge

Major: Computer Science

Year: 4th

Bio: Alejandro was formally the president of the SHPE CSUN student chapter where over the past 4 years worked to strengthen the organization making it one of CSUN’s largest engineering organization. As a computer science student Alejandro has worked extensively with web technologies, leading him to intern as a full stack software developer intern at Tesla and Macy’s Technology. He loves to empower other students and would love to connect with you.



Eben Ortiz
Vice Regional Student Representative


School: University of California, Irvine

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: 3rd

Bio: Coming from LA to UCI I definitely experienced a culture shock that made it difficult for me to be part of the campus. It wasn’t until I joined SHPE that I found my familia and felt part of UCI. Since then I’ve been the most active member my freshmen year, an executive board member during my sophomore year, and now one of SHPE Region 2’s Vice RSR during my junior year. I never thought of myself as a leader, but being a part of SHPE has definitely developed my skills to become one. As such, I search and now hold other leadership positions at UCI. Each has been a valuable experience and given me new goals to pursue. My biggest passion now is to use every one of my experience to assist and inspire anyone in any way I can. Fun facts about me are the I like to go on camping trips, going on hikes, playing video games, and watching Sci-Fi shows. Oh and my favorite superhero is Spider-Man.


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