Engineers Make a Difference

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Engineers Make a Difference

IFEES GEDC IUCEE Global Webinar
 
“Engineers Make a Difference”
 
Wednesday July 1
 
Pablo Garcia
Sandia National Laboratories
(Retired)
 
 
Wednesday July 1 at 2:00 pm GMT
(7:30 pm IST, 10:00 am EDT)
 
 
I developed the first version of this talk during my participation in the “What Education Has Done For Me” series organized by the local United Way and given at a public school in a low-income area of the city. I have continued updating it and have presented it a number of times at public schools to promote STEM careers with students.
 
I start the presentation by talking a bit about my childhood in a border town, the son of parents who did not have education opportunities and who worked very hard to make sure their children did.
 
I then talk about what engineers do, using a common device we all use and take for granted, the smartphone, as an example of how engineers make a difference and the range of engineering fields that work together to create these devices.
And finally, I close by providing some additional opportunities that may be available with a strong technical foundation.
 
Mr. Garcia retired in 2019 from Sandia National Laboratories after 34 years. His last position was as the Chief of Staff and Technical Deputy to the Sandia National Laboratories Labs Director. He held other positions as a Senior Manager, to include organizational and program responsibility for Global Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation, Interdependency and Consequences Effects Group, and Resilient Infrastructures. In this capacity, he also had leadership responsibility for the Sandia portion of the joint Sandia-Los Alamos National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) program that the two national laboratories perform for the Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to these assignments, Mr. Garcia was the Technical Deputy to the Vice President for the Energy, Security and Defense Technologies Division and the first Sandia Program Manager for the Joint Strike Fighter and the Joint Technical Program Office, working with technical organizations throughout Sandia in developing and managing enduring relationships and programs with the United States National Security Industrial Base.
Before this series of assignments, Mr. Garcia spent over 12 years at Sandia’s Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) as a member of the technical staff, first level manager, and later Deputy Director. At the ISRC he worked in developing technologies and delivering systems for application in environmental restoration, manufacturing, demilitarization of old munitions, coating applications, and other unique one-of-a-kind automation systems.
Now in retirement, Mr. Garcia has started an English and Spanish YouTube channel on nature and travel photography (Pablo GE Foto) and he is the Vice-President for the Enchanted Lens Camera Club in Albuquerque, NM. In addition, he is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Know Do and an instructor to children and adults for over 30 years.
Mr. Garcia has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He continues to stay involved in Nuclear Non-proliferation and Homeland Security activities.
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