March 24-27 2016


4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816


Career Fair ONLY



ABOUT RLDC / Dedicated to excellence

This Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) is held every year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) in order to increase the professional and leadership skills of engineering students from the different regions throughout the nation.

This year’s conference theme, “¡Adelante! – Leading through the Tides of Change”, directly correlates with the new shift of demand for Hispanic professionals in corporate America. Attending the conference will prepare you to become the catalysts of innovation and growth in this new demanding global economy.

Students SHPE chapters across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are coming to UCF to participate in corporate tours, leadership/professional development workshops, industry speakers, research symposium, ceremonial gala, and networking events.

As hosts, the SHPE UCF chapter is coordinating undergraduate, graduate, professional, and pre-college tracks during the conference. Several engineering companies in Central Florida and around the United States are either sponsors and/or also participating in the culminating career fair.

During the pre-college track on Saturday, middle school and high school students along with their parents will be participating in workshops and keynote speakers throughout the day. Middle and high school student will be doing hands-on workshops (hosted by Siemens) and spark their interest in STEM while the parents learn about financial aid tips, college transition, and much more.

“Con la region siete…NADIE SE METE!”

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    The deadline to sign up for the Presentations Segment of RLDC will be Friday, March 4th.

   After registering for the conference, please email our research coordinator at jennifer.parra10@gmail.com  before the cutoff date with the title of your work. The presentation segment is open to any graduate and undergraduate students who would like to demonstrate their research work, which will take place on Saturday March 26th during the conference.

   Transportation is not provided, however the locations are all within a 0.5 mile radius. Parking is $5/day and FREE over the weekend at the University of Central Florida.

   Parking at the Double Tree Hotel will be complimentary.

Hotel Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 12125 High Tech Ave, Orlando, FL 32817

Rooming details:

  • Undergrad 4 students per Room (Double)
  • Grads/Professionals 2 per Room (Double)

CORPORATE TOURS / Explore engineering

Corporate Tour Buses:

  • Siemens Wind Service Training – Bus A
  • Siemens FAST Warehouse – Bus B
  • Valencia Advanced Manufacturing Lab – Bus B
  • UCF Materials Characterization Facility – UCF “Black & Gold” Shuttle

Bus Pickup Location:

  • Siemens Wind, Siemens FAST, Valencia: Bus loop near Garage A & Garage I
  • UCF Materials Characterization Facility: Physical Science Building

Materials Characterization Facility


The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) at UCF is one of the various exclusive laboratories where you can witness groundbreaking materials science research during RLDC 2016 Orlando!

The MCF is dedicated to providing researchers and industrial partners a place to perform characterization and analysis to advance research; classroom education and hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art characterization equipment; user-friendly support services with expert advice and data interpretation; and to enhance competitiveness of industrial partners and boost economic development of the Central Florida region. More info on the AMPAC website.

Siemens F.A.S.T. Warehouse


In addition to quality workshops and talks, Siemens Energy, Inc. is also providing exclusive behind the scenes tours during RLDC 2016! Take advantage of early bird registration!

Siemens is a global powerhouse positioned along the electrification value chain – from power generation, transmission and distribution to smart grid solutions and the efficient application of electrical energy – as well as in the areas of medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics. Go check out their website.

Valencia College Advanced Manufacturing  Facility

Valencia Advanced Manufacturing

Valencia College manufacturing programs have been developed in collaboration with the manufacturing community using internationally and nationally recognized certification programs that help our students excel in the workplace.

The building is home to state of the art machinery and equipment, with a program to certify students in technical areas. Join RLDC on a tour of the facility. More info on the website.

Siemens Wind Service Training Center


Built based on LEED Gold green-building standards, the new 40,000-square-foot building is located close to the global headquarters of Siemens’ Energy Service division and features the latest Siemens’ wind technologies which are used in the hands-on safety and technical training. Two full-size nacelles (the generator portion of a wind turbine), three 30-foot high climbing towers, ladder structures, electrical and hydraulic modules, and a service crane station are located within the center, making training, safety and rescue simulations as realistic as possible. A number of technologically equipped training labs and flexible space to accommodate varying class sizes are also available at the training center.

The facility houses brand new equipment to be used to conduct world-class research, training, and simulations. The Orlando wind training center is one of four Siemens wind service training facili-ties globally, joining Brande, Denmark; Bremen, Germany; and Newcastle in the United Kingdom. All four training centers are certified by the Global Wind Organistion (GWO) as offering the industry’s highest level of safety training. Check out the press release for more info

**Tour spots are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule / Don't miss it

ENG 1: Engineering Building 1

ENG 2: Engineering Building 2

HEC: Harris Corporation Engineering Center

STU: UCF Student Union

BA 1: Business Administration Bulding 1

Event Speakers / Professionals in the field

Keynote Speakers

Barry Cordero


SHPE Board Chairman

SHPE National

Joined SHPE 10 years ago at San Diego City College because it empowered him to make an impact in his community and to open people’s minds to their own potential. His experience in SHPE helped him improve and develop skills that have made him a better leader. SHPE showed him how to leverage his skills to make something happen that would change people’s lives. He has never been able to walk away from SHPE and it has helped him in every new job, promotion and advancement in his career. Mr. Cordero believes in the social impact that SHPE makes because he has made some of it happen and has personally experienced it.

David Walsh



Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America, Inc

Dave Walsh was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. on April 1, 2014. Mr. Walsh has responsibility for all aspects of the business in the Western Hemisphere. He is a corporate officer of MHPSA’s parent company, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., in Japan. Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Projects and Services. Mr. Walsh joined the company in 2001, and initially established the service and manufacturing business for Mitsubishi in the Western Hemisphere. Previously, he had been a senior executive at Westinghouse in both power generation and industrial service roles responsible for global plant based service activities, and later responsible for their power joint ventures in China. Mr. Walsh received his BS Commerce degree from the University of Virginia and did Graduate Study, Finance at Northwestern University. He is a Board Member of Enterprise Florida, and served as a Board Member of the Seminole County Foundation for Public Education, and on the Seminole State College of Florida Foundations Board. Governor Rick Scott recently appointed Mr. Walsh to serve on the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees with a term ending January 6, 2021.

Robert Apodaca

Robert Apodaca headshot

Staff Systems Engineer / Sr. Staff Flight Test Engineer

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Early in his career, Robert Apodaca served as an Air Force Officer commanding and controlling GPS satellites. He went on to become the Chief of Mission Operations of the Flight Test branch of the United States Air Force Weapons Laboratory, where he was responsible for all aspects of Planning and Operation of highly classified missions conducted on a worldwide basis. He helped develop, test, integrate, and operate lasers and imaging, and remote sensing experiments onboard airborne platforms for the Lasers and Imaging Directorate.

During his brief active duty career in the Air Force, Robert was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Aerial Achievement Medal for his actions in his service to his country.

After Robert separated from Active Duty service in the USAF, he moved back to Alabama, where he worked for Dynetics Corporation supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency. There he performed Foreign Weapons System Exploitation, collecting and analyzing intelligence data, and making assessments on foreign capabilities and weaknesses.

After several years in Huntsville, Robert moved to Orlando, FL to start his career with Lockheed Martin in their Electronics and Missiles Division. He has worked on the F-22, the F-35, he was the lead Flight Test Engineer for the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, and has worked on many different research and development programs.

Tiana Tucker

Career Development Coordinator

UCF Career Services

Shauna Strickler

Career Development Assistant Director

UCF Career Services

Sarah Carlson

Associate Director of MBA Admissions

University of Florida, Hough Graduate School of Business

Samantha Stibi


America's Navy

Rick De La Guardia


DLG Engineering, Inc

Orlando Torres

Design Engineer

The Boeing Company

Megan Goodson

Campus Relations Manager

Intel Corporation

Marvin Corea

IT Strategist & Career Developer

Citi; Esenai; The Oxford School

Mario Villacourt

Test R&D Engineering Manager

Intel Corporation

Maria Tice

Senior Project Controls Specialist

Burns & McDonnell

Marco Sanchez

Senior Manager

Mitsubishi Power Systems

Laura Crouch

Career Development Assistant Director

UCF Career Services

Jose J. Rodriguez-Alvarez

Project Manager; Adjunct Professor

Burns & McDonnell; Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Joel A. Peña


America's Navy

Jessica Carter

Employer Relations Assistant Director

UCF Career Services

Jeannette Bardis

Recruiting Specialist

Procter & Gamble

Italo Travi

RLDC Chairman


Gonzalo Sauri



Gonzalo Barcia

Design Engineer

Northrop Grumman

Fernando Rosario



Emily Anne Vargas

Region 7 Student Representative


Doris Alcivar

Employer Relations Assistant Director

UCF Career Services

Daniela Altamirano

Flight Training Staff Analyst

The Boeing Company

Courtney Handy

Career Peer Advisor

UCF Career Services

Carmen Mandujano

Consulting Campus Recruiter


Carlos Becho

Packing Engineer

Procter & Gamble

Andres Monsalve

Project Engineer

Siemens Power Generation

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES / Powerhouses in the industry

Register now / Become a part of RLDC 2016

Event Location

University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
Engineering Building 1 – Room 149


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Contact Us / We're here to help

For general inquiries about RLDC 2016, please contact us at RLDC7@shpe.org.

For information/questions on lodging, please e-mail us at LodgingRLDC7@gmail.com.

For sponsorship and finance information, reach us at FinancesRLDC7@gmail.com.

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