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.


Camila A. Gómez Serrano

Camila is a Second Year Mechanical Engineering student. Originally, from Colombia, Camila moved to Seattle, WA with her family before attending RIT. She joined SHPE as the Freshman Representative last Spring Quarter and now begins the new academic year as the Secretary of SHPE at RIT. SHPE has already given many opportunities to Camila to grow as an individual and a professional. Looking at SHPE as a path for success, she hopes to enlighten other students about the many doors of success SHPE can offer them and the full potential they can reach through them.

“It isn’t where you come from, it’s where you are going that counts” –Ella Fitzgerald.

“Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Everything is difficult before it is easy” –Anonymous.

Vice President

Jon Washington

Jon is from Upper Marlboro, MD. He is currently a first year Mechanical Engineering student. Also a current member of the RIT Formula SAE Racing Team, Jon dreams of one day landing a job with a major automotive company. Jon won the high school soccer National Championship with DeMatha Catholic H.S., but most of his time is spent on the sideline where he is a volunteer youth coach at Future Soccer Club alongside his father. Inspired by one day having a more diverse mix of peoples and cultures not only engineering, but in all of the highest collegiate ranks, Jon wishes to dedicate himself towards helping SHPE’s mission and values reach their goals. He hopes that SHPE will also aid him in growing not only as a professional, but as a good human being as well.


Thomas Sosa

Thomas Sosa is new face on campus; as a first-year Computer Engineering student, he continues to develop his professional and academic profile. SHPE has played a major factor in the development of Thomas’ future by allowing him to participate in workshops that will mold him into the professional engineer that he hopes to become someday. As a first generation American college student whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, Thomas is motivated to be successful through SHPE’s focus on helping the Hispanic community. Thomas hopes, as Freshman Representative, to raise awareness of this organization to his fellow freshmen so that they can also benefit from SHPE’s resources. Through his current position, Thomas wishes to continue collaborating with his peers to develop the ever-growing familia that SHPE houses amongst its members.

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


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.