Executive Board

The executive board is a collection of very motivated and committed students. We try our best to serve both our membership and our community.


Thomas Sosa

Toward the end of his second, Thomas Sosa was elected as President of the RIT chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. While studying for a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Thomas has found the need to be actively seeking out and helping the Latino community on campus. As the son of two Dominican immigrants, Thomas has always had ambition to strive in the field of engineering. His goals with SHPE lie in getting the chapter to communicate with the region and national organization at large and to emphasize the organization’s desire to help empower the youth.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Vice President

Eduardo Yañez

Involved with SHPE since his first year, Eduardo Yanez’s goals have led to a great involvement in the organization. The Mexican- American third year Electrical-Mechanical Engineering Technology student continues to be involved with empowering current RIT students to excel in the STEM fields. Not only is he an advocate of many engineering students at RIT, but he also works towards having the Latino community feel as though SHPE is truly a family.


Jocelyn Lazo

Jocelyn is currently a third year Computer Engineering student. She has been involved with SHPE since her freshman year. She hopes for SHPE to continue growing and promoting Hispanics to continue in the STEM fields, especially, after witnessing many fellow students leave their respective programs. Jocelyn hopes as Secretary to help expand her own chapter’s membership and to help build a community within her chapter. Through her experience with SHPE and from being a member of the Executive Board, she has learned many important leadership, time management, and speaking skills. Jocelyn hopes she will graduate knowing she was able to help one student get through the tough times of college and to become a good role model for future women engineers. She hopes she will be able to continue growing not only through the knowledge she learns through her curriculum but from the knowledge she learns from being a part of SHPE.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ―Mae West


Kassandra Rojas Calderon

As a new face in SHPE, Kassandra brings her interests in finance to the team. Kassandra studies under RIT’s Saunders College of Business and works towards helping SHPE perform well with its finances. She works with current and past members of the executive board to create a budget that can sustain the changes that occur throughout the year. Kassandra represents the diverse majors that can gain benefits from being involved in a network like SHPE’s and she works toward having more companies be interested in working with SHPE.


Ryan Nieves

Being the most experienced member of the team, Ryan Nieves brings together his knowledge from working in various executive boards. As a third year Computer Engineering Technology student, Ryan excels at bringing forth the hands-on aspect of SHPE. Ryan works so that the chapter can be recognized throughout the campus and that a diverse group of people can enjoy the benefits of being a part of SHPE.


Daniel Ruiz

Alongside Ryan, Daniel is one of the most experienced members of SHPE. As a fourth year Electrical Engineering Technology student, Daniel has always looked to SHPE for help furthering his career goals. For the current year, Daniel was elected to be involved as the Philanthropic chair of SHPE. Daniel works towards having other clubs work with SHPE through the community service projects that SHPE takes part in. Daniel continues to contribute to SHPE as he continues to further his education at RIT.

Professional Chair

Akane Fujimoto

Akane is a second year Industrial Engineering international student. Coming from Lima, Peru to attend RIT, she has found SHPE as a major factor in her adjustment to an American college. Akane joined SHPE as the Freshman Representative where she was able to learn more about this supportive organization, as well as help planning major events. Now as the Professional Chair, Akane hopes to raise awareness of SHPE and its members to the industry and engage RIT students to develop professional skills. Akane is very thankful for all the opportunities that SHPE has provided in the personal, academic and professional aspect. In her free time she enjoys playing rugby with RIT Women’s Rugby Team, cooking and reading.

Academic Chair

Jorge Mendoza

Jorge Mendoza is a second year Mechanical Engineering Technology student and a new face on the SHPE Executive Board. Tony brings his knowledge of engineering principles to the team as the Academic Chair. Tony volunteers as a tutor for the courses that is knowledgeable of and uses his network of tutors to provide SHPE members with quality Study Jams. Tony aims to have SHPE known as an organization that for its academically successful members.

Social Chair

Johnathan Flores

The RIT chapter of SHPE has had several active members involved since their first year and Jonathan is one of those who chose to share his passion for SHPE on the Executive Board. As the Social Chair, Jonathan has made efforts to have SHPE known on the RIT campus and beyond. In the two national conferences, Jonathan has made lasting connections with other SHPE chapters. In his second year of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Jonathan continues to pursue his passion for automobiles. Jonathan works toward having SHPE be a known entity on campus and a source for talented students.

Technical Chair

Enmanuel Hernandez

Enmanuel Hernandez is a 3rd year Computing Security undergraduate student. He is originally from The Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. He moved to the United States looking for better educational opportunities. He thanks RIT for letting him be part of the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). He is passionate about Computer Security because of how much the field impacts society each and every day. He says Computer Security is an important field because it helps prevent the inappropriate use of resources in companies, as well as to potentially defend a company from a cyber-attack. It should be a top priority for any company he says. Enmanuel also works for the Software Engineer department at RIT as an assistant for a System Administrator. He says working on this field is really exciting and it will probably open opportunities in the future after he graduates. He enjoys quick prototyping of projects with the raspberry pie computer and VMware ESXi.

“Make it secure, make it work."


Rubén Proaño

Rubén Proaño earned his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. He also holds M.S. (2001) and B.S. (1998) degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, respectively. Dr. Proaño is also a United World Colleges (UWC) alumnus.

In 2008, Dr. Proaño joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT. He uses mathematical optimization to solve problems that have implications for public policy. His current research focuses on the application of Operations Research to healthcare systems, in particular to the supply chain of vaccines. He enjoys teaching and interacting with students and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to teach Optimization and Logistics courses at RIT.

Dr. Proaño believes in the benefits of multicultural education and he is convinced that Operations Research, "The Science of Better" (see http://www.scienceofbetter.org/), has an important role to play in, for example, international development. He is a member of INFORMS, IIE, ASEE and TechNet 21.

As a hobby, Dr. Proano enjoys soccer. He is a fan of Liga de Quito (LDU), one of the finest South American soccer teams.


Marcos Esterman

Dr. Marcos Esterman received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. His teaching interests are in product and process development, and systems engineering. He teaches students in Multi-Disciplinary Design, the Manufacturing and Management Leadership, and the Masters in Product Development Programs. Dr. Esterman is director of the Printer Research and Image Systems Modeling (PRISM) and the co-director of the Sustainable Print Systems Laboratories, which focus on the modeling of printer and imaging systems to support product architecture and business decisions. His research focuses on structured product development methods, sustainable printing, and print as a manufacturing process.

Prior to joining the RIT faculty, Dr. Esterman worked for Hewlett-Packard’s Imaging and Printing Division in Boise, Idaho.  At HP, he held a variety of positions in manufacturing and R&D while concurrently conducting his Ph.D. research.  His primary product focus was the Color LaserJet products and he supported the development teams that delivered the Color LaserJet 8500 and 9500 printers. His analysis work at HP enhanced design and product architecture decision-making. Marcos also worked as an x-ray tube development engineer at General Electric Medical Systems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he was a graduate of their Edison Engineering Training Program.