Regional Graduate Representative
Santiago was born and raised in Southern Los Angeles. He is currently attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a thesis in Supersonic/Hypersonic Aerodynamics. He currently serves as the Alumni Relations officer for Cal Poly SHPE chapter and continues to be involved with his community back home by giving talks at his high school about Cal Poly to increase enrollment of minorities at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has participated in programs such as Upward Bound, Cal Poly SLO Summer Bridge Program, and Engineering possibilities in College where he has mentored first generation high school students in their studies and how to apply to colleges, recent first generation high school graduates attending Cal Poly SLO during the fall on notetaking, learning, and social skills that will help them during their college education and professional endeavors, and finally providing high school students with an insight into engineering through a summer camp where students learn about different engineering disciplines through hands on activities and workshops. These experiences as an undergraduate student has instilled a belief of giving back to his community by leaving behind a road so that others can follow and providing guidance to those wishing to leave their mark. Upon graduating, he hopes to one day start a company in hypersonic weapon defense systems and launch vehicles for space insertion while providing mentorship and scholarship programs to students of all demographics especially those from disadvantaged communities. He strives to one day be a SHPE National Leader to give back to the SHPE community that has helped him throughout his undergraduate and graduate education by being a Board Member in hope of promoting community involvement in disadvantaged communities to keep young minds away from gang life and giving them role models to look up to. During his spare time, Santiago spends it weightlifting, learning how to program, reading, writing, and learning how to start and manage a company.