National Mentoring Month Celebration with Mentor Dr. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos
In honor of National Mentoring Month, Yareni Lara-Rodríguez, mentoring lead of the SWE Latinos AG, speaks with Dr. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos, professor and researcher at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Together they discuss his interest in mentoring women in STEM and how mentoring has been helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yareni P Lara-Rodríguez
Yareni holds a manufacturing engineer degree from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), Mexico. She earned a master’s degree in materials and manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM). Yareni is a graduate student member of UPRM SWE section and serves as mentoring lead of the SWE latinos affinity group in FY21. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and her research focuses on bioengineering. Yareni has participated in several events in Puerto Rico and Mexico as a mentor and women in STEM roles to encourage young girls and women to pursue STEM careers.
Dr. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos
Dr. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos is a professor and researcher at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Dr. Cabrera-Ríos is a professor in the industrial engineering department. He has more than 16 years teaching and doing research in the industrial engineering field. Professor Cabrera is the director of the Applied Optimization Group and has an extensive list of scientific publications in simulation, optimization, and Bioinformatics. Last year he received the prestigious Tocher medal from the Operational Research Society, awarded by the Journal of Simulation to the authors of the best article in a period of two years. He is currently the faculty advisor for the UPR Mayaguez Chapter of SWE, and has mentored many aspiring female engineers.