Dr. Tracy Volz
It's not just what you say, but how you say it
Tracy Volz is the director of the Engineering Communication Program at Rice University and an award‐winning Professor in the Practice. She has been engaged in technical communication instruction, scholarship, consulting and outreach for twenty years. Tracy recently returned to the School of Engineering to plan and launch a comprehensive communication program for undergraduate and graduate students. From 2013‐2018, she led Rice University's Program in Writing and Communication, which includes the First‐Year Writing‐Intensive Seminar Program, the Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communication, ESL programming for international students, and communication‐in‐the‐disciplines initiatives. Tracy holds a Ph.D. in English from Rice and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa.
Diversity In The Workplace
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Raquel Tamez serves as the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). Since onboarding in June 2017, she has brought a renewed energy to the membership organization, expanding national programs, services, and resources offered to more than 10,000 members across 200 plus chapters nationwide. As the CEO, Raquel guides SHPE’s mission of helping the Hispanic community realize its potential through careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. She envisions a future where Hispanics are recognized as leading scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators.
Prior to SHPE, Raquel was the Chief Legal officer, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal for SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit agency that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Before that, she was Deputy General Counsel of Global Litigation at CSC, a global leader in next generation IT services and solutions. Raquel started her legal career as a trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Labor, moving on to become corporate counsel for Mary Kay Inc., before serving in private practice and eventually joining CSC.
Fluent in Spanish and born to Mexican immigrant parents, Raquel is a figure in the legal circles and Hispanic community. She was given the Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility in 2008, and was twice recognized by the publication Inside Counsel as a rising general counsel. The Association of Corporate Counsel and the publication Legal Bisnow named her among the “2015 Corporate Counsel Trending 40,” and Leading Latinos magazine voted her one of the 25 most influential Hispanic lawyers in 2016. Raquel has also been featured in the legal publication Vanguard, and three times has been the subject of leading stories in Hispanic Executive.
Most recently, Raquel was nominated and appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Diversity in Tech Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Raquel also serves as a Board Member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives; and she represents SHPE on the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM policy and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.
Raquel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. She is a native of Texas and currently lives in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Peter Rios
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Dr. Peter Rios earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2009. During his time at UVA, he performed research in tissue engineering and was very involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)-UVA Chapter. Upon graduation from UVA, Peter began working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Consultant for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC. At DHS, he provided programmatic support for the Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA), a resource used by government agencies to prioritize their budgets for terrorism countermeasures. Peter completed his PhD in BME in June 2016 and served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Surgery from Nov. 2016 -Aug. 2017, where he led several rodent and non-human primate research studies to evaluate biomaterial products to treat diabetes. Currently, he is part of a biotech start-up venture, and serves as the Associate Scientific Director of Research at CellTrans, Inc.. The mission of CellTrans is to develop a functional cure for diabetes. At CellTrans, he is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing the activities of multiple bioengineering/biomaterials-focused projects in the Research Department. He undertakes short-term and long-term planning and supervision of preclinical and clinical-focused projects aimed towards sustainable treatments for diabetes.
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Raul Campos is a Staff Mechanical Engineer with Fermilab’s Accelerator Division, and a co-founder of Fermilab’s SHPE Professional chapter. Raul is originally from León Mexico. He moved to North Carolina at age 18, where he attended a community college before transferring to North Carolina State University. While in school, he had internships developing the wing structure of the Airbus A350, and designing thermal and mechanical systems at Fermilab. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC State. After graduation, Raul worked at Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins for 4 years where, in his first role, led the mechanical and thermal validation testing of an exhaust aftertreatment system’s development program. He then worked as a structural analysis engineer performing simulations and defining procedures to predict systems’ life under dynamic structural and thermal loads to drive the design of future products, including the aftertreatment system for the world’s most powerful high-speed diesel engine. At Fermilab, Raul performs mechanical design, structural and heat transfer simulations, and installation of particle accelerators’ instrumentation, vacuum systems, thermal systems, and structures. He is also a committee member for Fermilab’s Summer Internships in Science & Technology (SIST) program.