Hector Perez received the B.S. degree from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and the M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan (UofM), in 2010 and 2012, respectively, in Mechanical Engineering. Recently, he finished the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 2016. He is thankful to those who have helped him achieve his fullest potential as a first generation graduate of any formal education. Additionally, he is forever grateful to those who introduced him to the SHPE CSUN chapter back in 2007, which opened up the doors to an unthinkable future. A future where he overcame many obstacles to help others achieve their dreams while growing as a leader in the community through various leadership, outreach, and mentoring activities including: co-founding a graduate engineering outreach conference (Bay Area GPS), leading graduate school workshops and panels at multiple institutions (UCB/UofM/CSUN), leading on-campus workshops for undergraduate success at national conferences (SHPE UCB/UofM), co-founding a university graduate student committee (SHPE Grad at UofM), participating as a university and industry (UCB, Boeing, UofM) recruiter and panelist (GEM Grad Lab, UofM) at multiple SHPE National Conferences, and leading national organizations on campus (SHPE CSUN and ASME CSUN).

Looking back, he never thought he would be able to obtain fully funded advanced degrees, lead organizations, participate in multiple internships and a full time experience at some of the best companies in the world, tutor students, influence K-16 students, receive various recognitions, or help others secure a variety of opportunities (scholarships, internships, full time jobs, and graduate school). Without SHPE and the exposure to the world of opportunities outside of the classroom, he would have not been able to achieve what he has today. His mission is to ensure the community does not miss out on life changing opportunities and hopes his story will inspire others to achieve what they never thought possible.

Dr. Hector Perez

Recent Ph.D Graduate