About Us

Thank you for visiting SHPE Central Florida Professional Chapter.

SHPE’s mission is to be The Source for Quality Hispanic Engineers and Technical Talent. We are the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics by promoting academic excellence, diversity, and integrity. SHPE is committed to helping our nation fill a growing need for engineers and scientists in this decade and beyond! We continue to expand at an aggressive pace and currently include 236 student chapters with more than 8,500 student members and 61 professional chapters with nearly 1,800 members nationwide. We have the potential of increasing our professional base only with the dedication, leadership, and efforts of members like you.

We believe that you have taken the first step to a mutually beneficial relationship which will not only provide you with opportunities for personal and professional growth but will also bring a positive influence to the Hispanic community at large.

Board Members


 David Pacheco

David Pacheco was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and raised in South Sioux City, Nebraska. He went on to pursue a bachelor of science in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his tenure UNL, David and his twin brother co-founded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter where they helped recruit members, secure funding, and promote STEM awareness to the community youth. Further, David was thoroughly involved in various organizations such as the Mexican-American Student Association, Sigma Lambda Beta, and McNair Research Scholars. In 2015, David began his professional career at Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Systems in Melbourne, Florida, as a Vehicle Management Systems Engineer. That same year, he began pursuing his Master of Science in Systems Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, which, he is set to complete in 2017. David attributes his work ethic and desire to give back to his mother, who, at a young age, immigrated to the United States from a small pueblo in Mexico in hopes of a better life for her family. It is her sacrifices that have instilled a passion in David to help those who, by virtue of status, finances, or any number of uncontrollable factors, are not afforded the opportunities to thrive. When not dedicating his time to work, school, or SHPE, David enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors, and learning.


Naomi Hernandez

With a background in integration, program management, quality engineering, manufacturing, supplier management, and production operations, SHPE Lifetime member Naomi Hernandez currently works for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. She holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering, is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). She has volunteered with SHPE for over a decade and enjoys mentoring STEM students and professionals.


Vice-President-Space Coast

Carlos Oquendo

Carlos Andres Oquendo was born in Cali, Colombia and move to the United States in 2002. In 2015 he graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He started working for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as an Electronics Engineer in 2016.

Mr. Oquendo has been involved in SHPE since 2012. In December 2016, he took the role of Vice President for the Space Coast where he has actively worked with the Florida Institute of Technology SHPE chapter. Carlos has a passion for volunteering and working with students.


Zully Casanova
Zully Casanova is a Structural and Payload Design Engineer for Boeing’s Space Launch system (SLS) program, where she plays an integral role in designing the SLS rocket. She has gained an expansive background in engineering, having worked as a mechanical engineer for GeoLogics Corp and Vencore. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about raising interest and awareness of space exploration and STEM programs, and serves as an advocate in the field as a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Boeing’s Hispanic Engineers Network.


Fraya CassierFraya H. Cassier

Fraya H. Cassier was born and raised in Caracas,Venezuela. After graduation from high school she moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

Ms. Cassier attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering in the spring semester of 2009.  After graduating, she worked towards her Masters of Civil Engineering degree from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).  She received her Master’s Degree at the end of the fall semester of 2010.

Ms. Cassier joined CDM Smith and has worked as an environmental engineer in the Water Services Division (WSD) in Maitland, Florida for nearly 2 years.  Ms. Cassier has provided 3D/4D modeling and design on several water and wastewater treatment projects. She is being recognized for her outstanding contributions made to the firm. She has also volunteered to educate students at Lawton Chiles School in various environmental technologies using fun experiments as examples.

 Student Relations Officer

Nathalie Quintero

Confident in her professional experience as well as her academic background, Nathalie accepted the nomination as Student Relations chair for the upcoming fiscal year. She believes that learning never stops and will constantly accept the next challenge coming her way.

Professional Development Officer

Orlando Torres

Orlando Torres was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since he was a kid he was enthusiastic about aircraft and spacecraft.  After graduating high school he moved to Melbourne, Florida to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering.

He attended the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in the spring semester of 1997.  He has been with the Boeing Company for 20 years, working on the Space Shuttle Program from 1997 through 2011, where he started as a subsystem engineer in the disciplines of thermal protection and structures, and ended as a subsystem manager. Since 2012, he has been working Space Launch System (SLS) Purge, Vent, and Hazardous Gas Systems where he has been working in the development, design, and manufacturing of the Purge, Vent and Hazardous Gas Systems hardware for the SLS core stage.

In 2015 he assumed the voluntary role of Boeing SHPE Region 7 Florida Lead, where he has been actively engaged with the different universities in the Central Florida area, and engaged with the Central Florida Professional Chapter, and now serving as the Professional Development Officer. He looks forward to continue to work with the chapter as a board member and service the SHPE organization.

Event Coordinator

Margot Tejera

She received her Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She is currently an Associate Industrial Engineer at Universal Studios Orlando. Margot has a passion for being a mentor. She has had several mentors in her life, and has been a mentor to several students. Her goal is to help many more students, parents, professionals, and educators learn how she made the most of her time in college, and how she prepared and optimized her time. Margot wants to help students
find their dream internship, become a networking pro, gain more mentors, stand out from the rest, ace the interview, and thrive in college.


shpeCarolina Barriento

Carolina Barriento was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, also from the University of Central Florida.