Our Team

Magali Lopez

Magali is a first generation Mexican American raised in a border town in Texas. She is is currently a Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce in the North America Turbines group and is 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 BS in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained a MS in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a Concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership from Purdue University and got a Business certificate for Management from IU Kelley School of Business. Currently, she is the Communications Chair for the first Hispanic Employee Resource Group in Rolls-Royce (SOMOS Rolls-Royce), and also the President for SHPE Indiana Professional Chapter. During her undergrad and graduate experience, she has worked for other companies such as General Motors and Boeing.

Vice President






Professional Development Chair 
Lourdes Palacio

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

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.

Graciela Roman

Graciela is a Mexican American from Anderson IN. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Ball State Unviersity and has worked primarily in the field of social work. She is a very passionate about working with the Latino Community and strives to encourage and empower Latino youth.



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.

Marketing Chair
Shirley Echeverria

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












SHPE Jr. Chapter Chair                         
Diego Velazquez

Diego Velazquez is a Manufacturing Engineer for Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis. He earned his B.S in Mechanical Engineering in from Lamar University and is originally from Houston, Texas. He is responsible for Indiana’s SHPE Jr. chapters and is passionate about promoting science, engineering, and math to younger generations of students. In his free time, Diego enjoys reading and running.


Membership Chair 
Ismael Garcia

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 – Vacant
Professional Development Chair – Lourdes Palacio
Community Outreach Chair – Armando Hernandez
Secretary – Gracie Roman
Education and Student Relationships Chair – Dr. Andres Tovar
Marketing Chair – Shirley Echeverria
Corporate Relationships Chair – Vacant
Treasurer – Vacant
SHPE Jr. Chapter Chair – Diego Velazquez
Membership Chair – Ismael Garcia