¡Forks up, ingenieros!
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
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.
ASU doctoral student David Flores Prieto leads extensive advocacy efforts for increased Hispanic and Latinx representation in STEM from kindergarten through graduate school.
At ASU, Ricardo Cruz-Lozano sees a community of scholars who strive to continuously advance the knowledge and experience of students — a place full of possibilities where he wants to be.
With the support of local industry, the Pavement Analysis and Design group at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment has expanded, enabling its efforts to produce better engineered roadways.
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.
Throughout his career, Daniel E. Rivera has been dedicated to using his chemical engineering expertise to make an impact. Rivera is the longest-serving Hispanic member of the Fulton Schools faculty.
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.
Resources for prospective students
Leading the way for future generations
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
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE de ASU, brings a sense of community to the Hispanic engineering students at ASU.
Students in the Fulton Schools don decorative mortarboards that celebrate and honor their heritage, personalities and interests.
Jesus Pena, a mechanical engineering student, seeks to determine whether 3D demonstrations can increase the comprehension of fundamental engineering principles.
Aerospace engineering student Areli Diaz is conducting research as part of the FURI, studying the potential of immersed boundary methods.
Elvis Leon, the creator of the student organization Helios Rocketry, presents the team’s research during a poster symposium.
Right of passage ceremonies, like Order of the Engineer and Pledge of the Computing Professional, encourage graduating students to practice ethical engineering.
Students have opportunities to engage with industry and take advantage unique experiences, like touring the MV22 Osprey military aircraft.
Sabrina Marie Cervantes Villa, a human systems engineering major, is one of more than 100 students pursuing student research in the Fulton Schools as part of FURI.
Anca Delgado (left), an assistant professor of environmental engineering, and Aide Robles, an environmental engineering doctoral student, test bioremediation techniques to develop advanced methods of cleaning up sites contaminated by industrial solvents.
What our students and alumni are saying
“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!”
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.