Magali López is a first generation Mexican American raised in a border town in El Paso, Texas. She is currently a Component Design Engineer with previous experience in aerospace manufacturing engineering where she was the technical authority for several suppliers in the US and Mexico. She is a cum laude UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a Concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership from Purdue University and got a Business certificate for Business Management from IU Kelley School of Business. She was part of the first board that helped found the first Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group in Rolls-Royce called SOMOS Rolls-Royce and currently holds the role of Communications Chair. Magali actively supports diversity and inclusion in Rolls-Royce by being part of the first recruitment team focusing in recruiting Hispanic/Latino STEM talent. She is also the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Indiana Professional Chapter whose vision is to empower the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. During her undergrad experience, she has worked for other companies such as General Motors and Boeing. In her free time, Magali enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
Celso Antonio Gomez
Hola Familia! My name is Celso Antonio Gomez and I am your Vice President of the SHPE Indiana Professional Chapter! A little bit of background, I am originally from Compton, CA so I was Region 2 born and raised. I attended California State University, Long Beach and graduated December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently working with Cummins as a Diagnostics Test Engineer in my new home of Region 6 and I have loved it thus far! I hope I can make a major impact to all of the chapters in Indiana and overall Region 6 as a whole! Who’s this?
Lourdes Palacio is a Technical Program Manager at Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis Indiana. Lourdes is responsible to manage resources, and budgets for programs with US AFRL, consortiums, and universities for Rolls-Royce materials, capability acquisition department and is the founder and president of SOMOS Rolls-Royce, the first Hispanic ERG (employee resource group) at Rolls-Royce Corporation. Lourdes obtained her engineering degrees and MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso and has worked for the electronic consumers industry, automotive industry, and currently aerospace industry in a professional career that spans over 20 years. Lourdes is from El Paso Texas but has lived in Indianapolis for over 20 years. In Indianapolis, Lourdes founded the SHPE-Indiana Professional chapter, and has served in the organization as president for many years. She currently serves as the Professional Development Chair. In Fiesta Indianapolis Lourdes served in the executive board of directors for over 5 years and was responsible for the logistics of Fiesta Indianapolis festival, a one day event that brought in over 10,000 attendees to downtown Indianapolis for many years. Lourdes is married and has four children, she enjoys reading, and making jewellery when free.
Community Outreach Chair
Armando Hernandez is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in New Product Introduction, Manufacturing Test, Quality, Project Management, Product Development, Sustaining Engineering Management, and Project / Program Management. He has over 15 years of Project Management experience in the medical devices and consumer electronics industries. Armando has been employed at Roche for more than 8 years. He has been working in the DC R&D Project Management group as a Principal Project Manager since being hired by Roche in 2008. Prior to being hired by Roche, Armando worked at Thomson (previously known as RCA and currently known as Technicolor) for 20 years performing new product introduction and project management at various locations. He also worked at Blaupunkt in the test and maintenance areas for two years. Armando graduated from the “Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, México” with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in communications. He also has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from “New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico”. Armando was certified as a Roche Internal Auditor in 2010. Armando holds a PMI-ACP since 2017.
Angelica Velasco was born and raised in San Cristobal, Táchira, Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (UNET) in December 2015. While living in San Cristobal, she served as Vice President of the City’s Rotaract club, a Rotary Club Partner focused on youth development through social service. She moved to the United States immediately after obtaining her degree to learn English and began her career as an engineer. She enjoys hiking, taking long walks with her dog and dancing.
Education & Student Relationships Chair
Dr. Andres Tovar
Andres Tovar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Automation from the National University of Colombia in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and 2005, respectively. At IUPUI, he has been the recipient of the 2015 Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2016 IU Trustees Teaching Award. He also received the 2014 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the First Place in the 2015 ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge. His main research areas include biologically-inspired design, multiscale topology optimization, and design for additive manufacturing. Applications include the design of porous implants and lightweight prosthetics.
Shirley is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia where she finished her Bachelors in Electronics Engineering. Shirley came to the US in 2008 and completed her Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida. Shortly after graduating, she joined Cummins in the Off Highway Controls department. She spent the first 2 years as Systems Engineer in calibration integration, tuning customer features and air handling actuators across Off Highway platforms. Later she was controls lead for QSX 15 program and group leader for Off Highway Custom Calibrations, and most rececntly technical lead for Off Highway Controls current product where she lead the calibration related VPCRs and current product cal improvements. She is currently the Systems Validation Leader for Off Highway products at Cummins. During her working period she also had the opportunity to finish MBA at Kelley School of Business Indiana University. Shirley is currently co-lead for EBU Team Based Work Systems champions and volunteer coordinator for the Technical Women Initiative at Cummins. She lives in Columbus with her daughter and Husband and is a local volunteer in various organizations supported by United Way. She serves in the board for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Indiana Chapter and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and dancing.
Corporate Relationships Chair
Professional Development Chair
SHPE Jr. Chapter Co-Chair
Jose Roque is a performance engineer for Rolls-Royce corporation in Indianapolis, IN. Jose was born in Cuba and was raised in the Dominican Republic. He moved to us in 2010 and attended the University of Florida where he earned two Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as two minors in Mathematics and Physics. He is one of the SHPE Jr Chapters representatives; some of his responsibilities include reaching to schools to promote science, engineering and math to younger generations, from middle schools to college. Jose enjoys jogging, dancing and playing his guitar.
SHPE Jr. Chapter Co-Chair
Luis Fernando Ludert
Luis Fernando Lüdert is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. He moved to the United States in 2010 and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in May 2018. Luis Fernando is extremely passionate about engineering and personal development. He decided he wanted to become an engineer due to his passion for motorsports, especially Formula 1. He currently writes F1 articles for Avior Airlines. He has been involved with SHPE since he transferred to the University of Florida and is very excited to continue his involvement as a professional. Fernando’s goal is to help, inspire, and promote STEM through Region 6, especially Indianapolis. He is currently working as a Design Engineer at Rolls-Royce Corporation. Although he has not been in the industry for long, he wants to transfer all his learnings to our members. Luis Fernando wants to inspire the next generation of engineers in Region 6.
Ismael is currently a Project Lead at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. He is a first generation college student graduated from Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a BS in Interdisciplinary Engineer. His studies had a focus on Mechanical Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. He also obtained a minor in Mathematics. After graduating Ismael served different functions at other companies such as Test Engineer at Halliburton and Design Engineer at Caterpillar. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair for the Latinos Dreams in Action (L-DIA) a Business Resource Group at Honda, and also the Membership Chair for SHPE Indiana Professional Chapter.
2018-2019 SHPE Indiana Officers
President – Magali Lopez
Vice-President – Celso Gomez
Treasurer – Lourdes Palacio
Community Outreach Chair – Armando Hernandez
Secretary – Angelica Velasco
Education and Student Relationships Chair – Dr. Andres Tovar
Marketing Chair – Shirley Echeverria
Corporate Relationships Chair – Vacant
Professional Development Chair – Vacant
SHPE Jr. Chapter Co-Chair – Jose Roque
SHPE Jr. Chapter Co-Chair – Luis Fernando Ludert
Membership Chair – Ismael Garcia