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Celebrating Hispanic engineers

The community of Hispanic engineers in the Fulton Schools is thriving. Our students and faculty are making remarkable contributions to engineering and technology and serve as role models for future generations.

The U.S. Department of Education has named ASU as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI. This recognition reflects ASU’s efforts to more holistically serve its Hispanic community through financial and academic support programs for current ASU students, K–12 outreach programs, and resources for the broader community.

ASU is also one of 20 universities that recently formed the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities whose mission is to double the enrollment of Hispanic doctoral students and increase Hispanic faculty by 20 percent.

On this page, you will find resources for current and prospective students, inspiring stories about members of the Fulton Schools who are building community and advancing knowledge, and a photo gallery showcasing some of our recent accomplishments.


National Hispanic Scholars


Bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics


Hispanic tenure/tenured track faculty

Bachelor’s degrees and faculty statistics are from the most recent ASEE Engineering and Engineering Technology By the Numbers report and are based on 404 schools reporting.

Making headlines

Doctoral student Xaimarie Hernández Cruz

Growing social good

Industrial engineering doctoral student Xaimarie Hernández Cruz earns prestigious Quad Fellowship

A female professor and student look at test samples together.

Helping Hispanic engineers thrive by building community

ASU doctoral student David Flores Prieto leads extensive advocacy efforts for increased Hispanic and Latinx representation in STEM from kindergarten through graduate school.

Gold electron swirling on top of a blue background.

Milestone recognizes ASU's commitment to serving a diverse community at every stage of life

ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a major milestone in its enterprise-wide commitment to increase the diversity of its student body.

Outstanding grads

Cecelia Alcantar portrait

Spring 2022 Impact Award winner is fascinated by biomedical engineering because it’s virtually everywhere

Spring 2023 Impact Award winner Cecilia Alcantar says she gained critical thinking skills to approach problems in a unique and valuable way. Alcantar is now pursuing a master’s degree in global management at ASU. 

A female professor and student look at test samples together.

Spring 2022 Impact Award winner is fascinated by biomedical engineering because it’s virtually everywhere

Margarito Hernandez Fuentes appreciates the research opportunities that framed his experience as a student in the Fulton Schools. Margarito is now a Bridge Scholar at Columbia University.

A community for Hispanic engineering students

Join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The purpose of SHPE de ASU is to bring a sense of community to the Hispanic engineering students at Arizona State.

We also seek to increase the number of Hispanic students graduating with STEM degrees. We provide a network system which encourages students to persist and become role models in the Hispanic community.

Hispanic transfer student Valentin Madrigal.

Leading the way for future generations

Hispanic transfer student Valentin Madrigal.

Q & A with transfer student Valentin Madrigal

Inspired to pursue higher education to support his family, in addition to his fascination with space travel, Valentin Madrigal chose ASU for its renowned aerospace engineering program and anticipates that he will graduate in spring 2024.

See our students in action

What our students and alumni are saying

Diana Leon

Diana Leon

“As a Latina in engineering, I believe that showing up for your community is the most important action you can take. The Hispanic community is hardworking, strong and adaptable.

A lot of the times we are categorized or restricted on what we can and should accomplish, but I believe in breaking barriers. My goal is to encourage others in my community to follow their dreams and to achieve all of their goals.

Yes, I am a woman; yes, I am Latina; yes, I am an engineer; yes, I am proud. ¡Si se puede!”

Samuel Perez

Samuel Perez

Community was a driving force during Samuel Perez’s time as a first-generation college student at ASU. He worked hard to foster a sense of community wherever he got involved. By graduation, he had become a mentor for the Be A Leader Foundation and had served as both president and treasurer of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. But Samuel’s journey to collegiate success wasn’t always easy. He recalls high school being a difficult time for him.

“I struggled to make new friends in a new environment with challenging academics,” he said.

But that changed when he gained a community of support at ASU, where he earned a 3.41 GPA, landed two internships and secured several scholarships. Today Samuel works as a product engineer at Microsoft, bringing new and innovative hardware to consumers worldwide.