Biographies

Annachiarra "Nani" de'Ettorre

 

Nani is a civil engineer, with a concentration in Construction Management and Water and Wastewater Treatment. She was born in Italy, and moved to the Venezuela at the age of four (4), where she obtained her BS in Civil Engineering in Venezuela at Universidad de Carabobo in May of 2001. That same year she moved to Atlanta to pursue her MS in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 2003.

 

She worked in the engineering and construction management field in both Georgia and Florida from 2004 to 2009, when she took a break from managing water and sewer projects to start managing her newly grown family. She stayed at home with her son Nicolas and worked part time in retail space planning until this past November, when she joined the Crowder Construction Team in Roswell GA, to work in Water and Wastewater Treatment projects again. Currently, Nani is working on the W.B. Casey WRRF Expansion Project in Jonesboro GA, and obtaining her Professional Engineer Certification.

 

Nani has been involved with SHPE since her start at Georgia Tech, where she was part of the student board for two (2) semesters as the Internal VP. She was also part of the South Florida Professional Chapter board for two (2) years, and currently holds the VP of Memberships for the Atlanta Professional Chapter.

When not at work, Nani loves to spend time with her son Nico and new puppy Nutella, playing, hiking or planning new adventures with her family. She also volunteers for local rescues as a foster home for hunting dogs waiting for new homes. Ultimate Frisbee is her favorite sport, and she is a big Lego fan. 

Javier Irizarry

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Luis Ulloa

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María Daniela Vetencourt

 

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Martha Bucaram

 

Martha is responsible for negotiating, drafting, managing, and advising sales and other internal stakeholders with respect to all aspects of software license and professional services contracts for Manhattan Associates, Inc., the global leader in sophisticated supply chain, omnichannel and inventory software systems for the retail, consumer goods, grocery, pharmaceutical, wholesale and manufacturing industries, and third party logistics companies. She is responsible for overseeing and supporting all aspects of the Latin American business of Manhattan Associates as well as co-leading the company’s Global Compliance Program. Prior to that, she worked for Kilpatrick Townsend, an international full-service law firm, and two non-profit organizations, focusing on aspects of immigration law and human rights issues.

 

During her career, Martha has provided legal expertise regarding cross-border transactions as well as the drafting and negotiation of various technology, licensing, services, and distribution agreements. She is familiar with employment law, intellectual property law and corporate law implications for clients entering the market in Latin American countries.

 

Martha is fluent in Spanish and has basic knowledge of Portuguese. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she obtained her Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LLM) at New York University, after spending a summer at Harvard University Extension School. 

Juan "Lalo" Rubio

 

Juan (Lalo) Rubio started working as a Construction Field Engineer in June 2018 in the Vogtle 3 & 4 project at Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security, and Environmental Global Business Unit. At Plant Vogtle, Lalo started working in the unit 3 Turbine Island with the steel structure team performing work package closure paperwork, then he was assigned material tracking activities for the entire building.

 

Lalo graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and 3 minors, which include Mathematics, Chemistry, and Business Administration. During his time in LSU, Lalo was involved in several student organizations such as AIChE, AWMA, SHPE, and some honor organizations such as Tau Beta Pi, Golden Key, and Tau Sigma. During his senior year, Lalo served as the president for AWMA, SHPE, and secretary for Golden Key. Lalo’s greatest involvement was noted in SHPE where he helped revive the chapter increasing its membership from 7 members to 36 during his term and created a presence of SHPE in LSU and the Baton Rouge area. Lalo helped start community service activities, STEM outreach to local elementary schools, and tutoring sessions for Hispanic students for the SHPE chapter.

 

Lalo was also involved in research projects for 1.5 years working in the ChE department. His research was focused in Ionic Exchange Membranes (EIM) synthesis and testing for electrochemical device experiments such as Ammonia Flow Battery (AFB), fuel cells, and Membrane Capacitive Deionization (MCDI). Lalo’s work with membrane synthesis led him to be included in 3 scientific papers published with his name as a co-author.

 

Lalo was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the USA at the age of 13 years old. He is a first-generation college graduate and the first engineer in his family. Now he is looking for community service activities to join with Bechtel, such as STEM outreach in local schools and teach the importance of STEM to young Hispanic students. Lalo hopes to stay involved in SHPE as a Bechtel professional and give back to the community helping students the same way he was once helped at the SHPE National Conference.

Yanelis Torres

 

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Steven O'Neill

 

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Kattelie E. Thys

 

Born and raised in Riobamba, Ecuador, Kattelie migrated to the US when she was seventeen looking to obtain her engineering degree. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. While in school Kattelie was part of GT-SHPE and hold various leadership roles, from SHPE Jr Secretary to Recruitment chair. Additionally to her involvement in GT-SHPE she was also part of the Georgia Tech Tour Guides Club, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Georgia Tech VIP program. Upon graduation from Georgia Tech Kattelie joined Georgia Pacific LLC. Ever since her integration into Georgia Pacific, Kattelie has developed a strong career inside the company. In her role as a Strategy Sourcing & Procurement Analyst Kattelie supported Operating supplies, Engineering Services, and the Automation categories. Kattelie was also a part of the Continuous Improvement program as she built the back bone for the reporting of the program. Since September 2017, Kattelie has been part of a major digital implementation project for Georgia Pacific where she leads the implementation of four different processes and also two major interfaces with third party systems.

Pedro Medrano

 

Pedro is VP of Engineering and Program Management at Sebacia, a development-stage, private medical device company dedicated to creating new, light-based therapies for the treatment of dermatological conditions. Prior to Sebacia, Pedro held Program Portfolio, Product and Business Development roles at various companies including Ventana Medical (Roche), Philips Medical, CIBAVISION (Novartis), The Innovation Factory, and St. Jude Medical. He received a B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

 

Pedro’s prior involvement with SHPE was with the SHPE-San Jose Professional Chapter (now SHPE-Silicon Valley) where he served as VP of Education for several years and also led the SHPE-SJ committee in the Region 1 planning of the National Conference.

 

When not working, Pedro enjoys spending time with his family, watching any Stanford sporting event and mentoring youth about STEM careers. Pedro has a keen interest in medical technology entrepreneurship and collaborates with new entrepreneurs, doctors and organizations both in the US and Mexico.

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