Hispanic Faculty

Luis San Andrés

Mast-Childs Tribology Professorship

Luis San Andrés obtained his Engineering Diploma at Escuela Politécnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. He obtained master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and Texas A&M University in 1982 and 1985, respectively. In 1990, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at TAMU as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and to Professor in 2000. He is a notable role model for the Hispanic community through his many accomplishments. In 2005, he was awarded the Mast-Childs Tribology Professorship in recognition of his outstanding research work. He has established research and student exchange programs with universities in México and the Andean countries, and serves pro-bono to the petrochemical companies in Latin American countries. He advocates diversity and collaborates with TAMU and NSF on the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority faculty in engineering.

Manuel Piña

Manuel Piña, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. He teaches a graduate course in grant writing and is Associate Director of the Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center (MALRC), responsible for its financial development. Prior to joining MALRC, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Programs in the Agriculture Program, Texas A&M University System. In this capacity he raised over $8 million between 1994 and 2005 for projects improving access to higher education for Hispanic youth. An example of such work that continues to date is the Hispanic Leadership Program in Agriculture and Natural Resources that is supported by the USDA at $750,000 annually. He was also program director with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for four years, a training director with the International Potato Center (Lima, Perú) for 11 years and a communications specialist with Texas Cooperative Extension for five years. He is a Vietnam veteran, reaching the rank of Major in
the U.S. Marine Corps.

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