Contact: Elvia Bautista
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2015
SHPE Boston Announces New President and Board Members
Boston, MA – The Boston Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced on July 9, 2015 to its members that Axel Vigo & Juana Paniagua have been elected as the new President and Secretary of the organization, respectively.
Vigo is currently part of the board of directors of SHPE Boston. He assumed the presidency on July 1, 2015. Axel Vigo has been part of the SHPE Boston Board serving as the IT Director since 2012. He has provided his technical expertise to the Boston Chapter throughout his time in the professional chapter and has also helped organize the Region 4 Leadership Development Conference in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by leading IT and Marketing efforts.
Axel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and studied Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, he moved to the Boston area and has been working for multinational companies as well as small startups as a software engineer and product manager. He’s currently working as an independent Software/IT consultant.
Paniagua is currently part of the board of directors of SHPE Boston. She assumed her role as Secretary on July 1, 2015. For the past 4 years Paniagua has been part of the SHPE Boston Board of Directors working in communications and membership. Juana is fully committed to the mission and vision of SHPE Boston of helping the Hispanic community of New England excel in STEM related fields and is eager to continue to work with the SHPE Boston team to develop activities and programs that will benefit our community.
Paniagua was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States after completing high school. She attended UMass Lowell where she got a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and later attended Manhattan College and obtained her Masters. Juana has previously volunteered for non-profit organizations in The Bronx, NY, providing basic computer and ESL classes to adults. Throughout her career, Juana has worked for several pharmaceutical/biotech companies in research, manufacturing and quality. Currently, she is the Sr. Quality Assurance Manager at Fortress Biotech in Burlington, MA.
Other Board Changes
On September 1, 2015 the Board of Directors of the Boston Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) appointed Elvia Bautista as its new Vice-President. Bautista has been member of the advisory Board for SHPE Boston Chapter since 2011.
Bautista most recently founded eBaux, an IT consulting company for non-profits and startups. She has held various management and engineering positions with companies including Sun Life Financial, JP Morgan, ITAM and Systemas Abiertos de Computo. She volunteered as VP of IT at ALPFA Boston and served as National IT advisor of ALPFA National.
She holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Master in Computer Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She also earned a Master of Science in Network and Information Systems for Enterprises from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Rennes, France. She is originally from Mexico City, Mexico.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
For more information on SHPE Boston or to become a member visit: www.shpeboston.org.