U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regional Student Representative
University of Connecticut
Regional Graduate Representative
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Adrian is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Houston (‘12).
Looking to gain industry experience after his undergraduate education, Adrian began working in oil and gas for Cameron International as part of the subsea engineering rotational program. After a series of promotions, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions, he became a Subsea Wellhead Design Engineer within Schlumberger’s OneSubsea Wellheads department. After receiving his Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in Texas, Adrian left Schlumberger to work for 3M where he was a product engineer reviewing designs and documentation regarding Gas and Flame Detection equipment 3M had purchased from Tyco International. During the time he was studying for the P.E. exam and as a result of his experiences at 3M, Adrian decided to return to academia and pursue his Ph.D. Whilst at Virginia Tech, he is actively involved in organizing SHPE meetings and events for graduate members, researching Twinning-Induced Plasticity Steels with Dr. Alan Druschitz, and playing for the Virginia Tech men’s water polo team.
Adrian’s motivation for becoming Regional Graduate Representative of Region 4 comes from his desire to give back to the community that has supported him throughout his entire academic and professional career. SHPE has helped him meet great mentors, friends, colleagues, and mentees that have helped him learn how to job hunt effectively, how to find funding for graduate school, and feel a sense of community thousands of miles away from his home. Adrian wants to become a resource for all students in Region 4 wishing to acquire funding for school, assist all SHPE chapters in the region to increase their graduate student population, and ensure that SHPE supports all students in Region 4 to attain their educational and professional goals.