Eliseo Iglesias is a first-generation Salvadoran American who earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In August of 2021 he completed his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During the later years of his PhD work, Eliseo was an adjunct faculty member at Trinity University, where he advised several senior design capstone projects and taught introductory and second-year engineering design courses. He has presented his research in conferences all over the country, and oversees in Russia and Greece. He plans to continue his academic journey and become tenure-track college faculty. Eliseo hopes to use his own experience to create a path for other young students in underrepresented and underserved communities to achieve positions of leadership in the STEM field. He has served on STEM panels at UTSA, the KIPP School Summit, and at various KIPP schools in the San Antonio area. Additionally, he participated in KIPP’s Pay It Forward program, mentoring a young KIPP alum at the University of Houston.