2021 - 2022 Elections

Elected Board

Presidential Candidate

Christian Montes

Introductory Statement:
Christian Montes is an Aerospace Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), a global defense contractor. His main role within the company is to ensure all system requirements are fully developed by other engineers, and are then verified through a series of tests, and documented. Christian graduated from the University of California, Merced with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics - Engineering Emphasis. As an undergraduate, he served all of his years as an active member of SHPE while holding board positions such as events coordinator, RLDC chair, vice president, and president. As a professional, Christian also served roles as a STEM coordinator and vice president for NGC's Hispanic-based employee resource group, Adelante. He is currently serving as vice president for Delta Valley SHPE Professional. Christian enjoys playing his guitar, playing sports, and spending (virtual) time with family and friends.

Personal Statement:
As President of Delta Valley SHPE, my mission would be to ensure the productivity of the chapter continues to thrive and build based off of the previous year's successes, while working to improve on any identified weaknesses. I'd like to maintain a high level of networking among other SHPE chapters and undergraduates, as we keep providing the tools and resources for our members to continue developing their professional and leadership development. I have experience as a student chapter president, and I would plan on utilizing the tactics I used and lessons I've learned from mistakes to become a better leader for the organization. Thank you for the opportunity to run as the new chapter president.

Vice Presidential Candidate

Dianna Melendez

Introductory Statement:
Dianna is a Software Development Engineer at Intel. She plays an important role in Delta Valley SHPE’s book club where she helped bring the idea to fruition, has led monthly book club discussions, and helped other members lead their own discussions. She attended Sacramento State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in computer science in Spring 2020. She has been involved in DV SHPE as an active member from 2020 to currently. She enjoys learning, trail running, and backpacking.

Personal Statement:
One of SHPE’s four core values is familia. As Vice President, my goal is to ensure that our chapter’s actions align with that value by focusing on more inclusivity and encouraging more member participation. The dynamics of teams have changed drastically in the last year with the pandemic and it’s more important than ever that organizations focus on building a strongly connected community. Delta Valley Professionals will be known for being resilient leaders that consciously push through difficult times and come out better knowing how to serve each other and their community. Please consider my experience as an active participant in our book club, committee co-chair for the SHPEtinas Retreat in Fall 2020, and a volunteer for Ben Holt Middle School Translator Program. These experiences have all taught me what it really looks like to live by SHPE’s values of education and service. I’ve been so inspired by my fellow SHPE mates and how they take initiative to continually better themselves and those around them. This is the same passion that makes me want to follow in those footsteps and serve this chapter as best I can. I’m really excited to be considered for this opportunity!

Secretarial Candidate

Amber Pulido

Introductory Statement:
Amber Pulido is a Staff Infrastructure Engineer for Brown and Caldwell, an environmental consulting firm. She plays an important role in supporting the development of pre-design, design, and condition assessment technical reports and calculations. Amber graduated from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) with a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Water Resources Engineering. She also attended UC Davis for her B.S. in Civil Engineering - Emphasis in Water Resources Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. During her time in college, she acquired community organizing experience from being involved in the Chicanx and Latinx Engineers & Scientists Society [CALESS] (i.e. UCD SHPE & MAES Chapter), Diversity in STEM Coalition, Women Resources and Research Center, and Center for Chicanx and Latinx  Academic Student Success. As a professional, Amber is now the small fish in the big sea and working towards establishing her career credibility. Amber enjoys going on hikes, taking photos, going to shows, and karaoke nights.

Personal Statement:
As Secretary of Delta Valley SHPE, my personal mission is to support our board members in their endeavors of making our chapter become successful and to increase the size of our familia. From my community organizing experience, I am familiar with coordinating successful events/conferences, establishing a strong and organized team, writing funding proposals, and managing membership fees for the continuation of providing opportunities to our members. Delta Valley Professionals will be known for supporting their familia to thrive in industry and in life. Thank you all for this opportunity.

Treasurer Candidate

Diego Ruiz

Introductory Statement:
Diego is an Inside Sales Engineer within Air Treatment Corporation. He helps design, estimate and supply HVAC equipment for new constructions and retrofit projects across California. Diego graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A member of SHPE throughout his collegiate career, he served as Director of Events and President of the Sac State student chapter. Now as a professional, he is currently the Events Coordinator for Delta Valley SHPE. His usual hobbies include: cycling, cooking, hiking and running.

Personal Statement:
As Treasurer of Delta Valley SHPE, my goal is to establish a common budget to be used for years to come and to help expand our corporate relationships. With my current experience as Events Coordinator for Delta Valley I’ve learned the common costs for holding our usual events and will use this knowledge to create a baseline budget that will help with future planning of events and help streamline our planning processes even more. Of course these virtual events won’t be forever and once we are able to safely have in-person events, my experience with the student chapter has given me a sense of the costs for various types of activities. This will allow me to not only help plan budgets for the events held virtually, but also in person events planned by our board or future boards. Additionally, being on the current board of directors has allowed me to learn where our current corporate relationships lie and what types of groups are interested in partnering with us. With this I plan to expand our partnerships to help provide funding for our organization in order to supply you, the members, with even more engaging events. Please consider these experiences within SHPE when voting and I thank you for the opportunity to run for this position.