Director of Programs & Professional Development
Emily Anne Vargas is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is working on the process-structure and structure property relationships for oxide-oxide Ceramic Matrix Composites. Emily Anne is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, GEM National Consortium Fellow, and USC Viterbi Graduate School Fellow. Emily received her Master of Science in Materials Science in May 2020 from USC and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in May 2017 from Florida State University. Post-graduation, Emily Anne worked for the Boeing Company as a Product Development Materials and Fabrication Engineer and the Eaton Corporation as a Corporate Research and Technology Nano-Polymers and Composites Engineer. She has been a member of SHPE since 2013 and is a SHPE Lifetime Member. During her undergraduate career, she held multiple roles within SHPE on the local, regional, and national level, while also completing multiple internships. Currently, she is the Graduate Representative for the SHPE-USC Student Chapter, Director of Programs and Professional Development for the SHPE-LA Professional Chapter, and co-chair for the National Graduate Assembly within SHPE to achieve social parity for Hispanics in STEM with advanced degrees in Academia, Government, and Industry by providing the support and development from their undergraduate studies through the successful completion of their graduate degree.
Emily Anne is originally from Northern Cuba, also known as Miami, Florida. She likes to describe herself as American with the Cuban parts. She comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and is a proud to be a first-generation college graduate and the first engineer in her family. She was massively influenced by the role models in her life to pursue engineering, without even knowing what it was to begin with. Her abuelo taught her math, her papi taught her about inventando and how to use power tools, and her mami taught her art and creativity. Besides engineering, she likes to sing in the car and the shower, draw and paint, Latin dance, weightlift, hike, and eat double stuffed Oreos.