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ITS NEXT-GEN STARS? In America’s Hispanic-serving Institutions

Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology has gathered a diverse sampling of pathways that may help to expand your energy horizon, and your career.

Everyone profiled below received all, or a critical part, of their STEM education, and invaluable internship contacts, while studying at one of the nearly 240 Hispanic-serving Institutions. These men and women expect you to replace them at their organizations, which include global oil and natural gas com- panies, utilities, chemical companies, research facilities, and entrepreneurial ventures. Are you up to the challenge?

Alstom Grid Massimo Nardi

B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University

Last February, Massimo Nardi joined Alstom Grid. The inter- national firm involved in hydro, nuclear, gas, coal, and wind power transmission and smart grid technology was likely im- pressed with his background. Previously, Nardi was a product manager, systems application manager, and a sales engineer for ABB, the power and automation technology giant. In 2011, Nardi, who is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, presented a paper on distributed generation and its impact on power grids and micro grids protection at the Western Protective Relay Conference.

BP Sara Salvesen

GPO Deepwater Developments Subsea Lead Planner B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Sara Salvesen assumed her present position in February 2013. During that year, Salvesen also won a BP Global Projects Orga- nization third quarter Circle of Distinction Award for her out- standing contributions. Over the two previous years, she had been an alternative energy lead planner at BP. The company, a global producer of oil and gas, has about 20,000 employees in the United States.

Charlie Souza Project Manager

B.S. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Centro Universi- tário da Cidade

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As operations mechanical engineer, Gerardo Vargas stays busy. He supports offshore operations of the Mad Dog Production Drilling Quarters, specifies materials technical requirements to execute projects, and maintains contact with offshore teams addressing issues related to static and rotating equipment including pump and turbine repairs, replacing damaged pipes, valves, and upgrading equipment. He has also worked as an offshore mechanical engineer, and a project engineer in the Gulf of Mexico unit.

Chevron Aldo Aguilera

Process Engineer Central Team Lead at Chevron B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering, California State University, Long Beach M.B.A. Degree, University of Southern California

Aldo Aguilera had been involved in the energy sector for more than a decade prior to 2013, when he became the team lead for the process engineering central team at Chevron. From 2004, he worked, respectively, at BP as an operations superin- tendent for sulfur recovery and waste water, a business devel- opment analyst, a process engineer for waste water treatment, and as a production planner-dark oils, natural gas liquids, and gasoline blender.

by Frank McCoy

eady your resumes for the energy sector’s most expansive job market. The discovery, extrac- tion, production, refining, alteration, distribution, transportation, and marketing of all type of oil, natural gas, wind, water, solar and alternative power sources to the Earth’s 7 billion inhabitants depends upon your ability to meet increasing energy desires and needs.

M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University M.S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston

Professional engineer Charlie Souza is a project manager in the small projects team of the Gulf of Mexico unit of BP’s U.S. pipelines and logistics group. Souza, who has onshore and offshore experience in up-, down-, and midstream segments, gained his position in 2012. The pipelines and logistics unit supports onshore and offshore crude oil and natural gas pipe- lines that production from BP offshore platforms.

Gerardo Vargas Operations Mechanical Engineer

B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso

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