Meet The Team
Professor Andres Tremante is the Director of the Center for Diversity and Student Success in the College of Engineering and Computing (CD-SSEC). In this position, Dr. Tremante is responsible for all aspects of the College’s K-12 programs and pre-college STEM outreach activities, working closely with the college advisors and associate deans to improve student success, graduation & retention rates and in advancing the mission of the college. He also supports the Industry-University Cooperative Programs and the ERC’s Workforce Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion thrust areas for PATHS-UP and CELL-MET. He has been the deputy director of the CELL-MET and PATHS-UP Culture of Inclusion & Diversity Thrust Areas. Dr. Tremante also serves as the Principal Investigator on the NSF Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP), the National Action Council for Minority Engineers (NACME), the Children’s Trust funded FIU ENLACE project, and the Florida Action for Minorities in Engineering (FLAME).
Professor Tremante received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from “Universidad Simon Bolivar” and his Doctoral degree from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers” in Energy Conversion and Transportation. He joined FIU in 2008 after 25 years of experience in Europe and Latin America, mostly in academia and the oil industry, and he is also a Teaching Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department. He brings forward a long record of teaching, scholarly research, academic service, and strong credentials for leadership as the director of CD-SSEC.
Associate Director of Academic Services
Andrew Green serves as the associate director of academic services for the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this capacity, he supports the center in all aspects of the college’s K-12 programs, pre-college STEM activities, and the student success initiatives. Andrew comes to the center after previously working with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the dean’s office as program director for strategic initiatives. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from FIU and he’s currently enrolled in the higher education doctoral degree program.
Senior Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Education
Julie Vallejos serves as the Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Education within CD-SSEC. She is the event lead for the Annual Engineering Expo and manages the school visits for the Engineers On Wheels program. Julie acts as the College’s liaison for all Engineering & Computing Student Organizations, assisting them with university wide and community engagement, leadership training, and fundraising strategies. Julie is also the primary liaison for all college-wide and minority based scholarships. Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology Behavioral Sciences, received a certificate in Applied Behavior Therapy. Prior to joining us at FIU, Julie spent 6 years working in the medical field helping children on the Autism spectrum and learning disabilities. She has been with FIU for 5 years and is pursuing a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Affairs.
Junior Special Events Manager
Mrs. Barrueco brings years of exemplary customer service experience earned at the prestigious American Express where she managed the Latin American Franchise Partners and Global Network Services Relationship Directors, Regional Business Leaders and Operations/Technologies worldwide.
Additionally, she cultivated her compassionate and diligent service to students during her years at the highly acclaimed University of Miami.
While at the Biomedical Engineering Department, the innovative and energetic Barrueco transformed how events were planned and executed by implementing digital processes that accelerated turnaround times and eliminated redundancies and duplications of duties. Passionate about and committed to helping people, always finding herself in the middle of planning fun and memorable events for the students and handling stressful event situations with grace. Regardless of the activity, Mariam is always determined to create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.Mariam brings a “can-do” attitude to everything she does to create a positive impact on those around her.
Program Director, FIU-ENLACE/Children's Trust Project
Francisco Fins serves as the director for the FIU-ENLACE / Children’s Trust Project for the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this capacity, he supports the center’s outreach efforts in all aspects of the college’s K-12 programs and pre-college STEM activities. Francisco has extensive experience in the area of k-12 pre-college educational programs and has been involved with managing and directing pre-college programs for the College of Engineering for the past 22 yrs. He earned his bachelors degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from FIU and has completed school-age Childcare Certificate training with the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Program Assistant, FIU-ENLACE
Kristian serves as the Program Assistant for FIU-ENLACE. Kristian maintains the online database for The Children’s Trust and acts as a Parent Liaison at Kendale Elementary for the afterschool program. With The Children’s Trust, Kristian assists with data entry; monitoring student’s intake forms, attendance, and tracking student growth in their individualized tests throughout the school year. For the Kendale Elementary afterschool program, Kristian is involved with student tutoring, updating parents as a Parent Liaison, administering Trust Central’s required tests, and assisting the Site Coordinator.
Learning and Mentoring Specialist
Dr. Carnegie currently serves as the Center’s Learning and Mentoring Specialist where he works closely with our peer tutoring and Engineers on Wheels program. Dr. Carnegie is responsible for analyzing tutoring query data and hosts professional development workshops for our tutors on a monthly basis. As part of the Engineers on Wheels program, Dr. Carnegie works alongside CD-SSEC staff and K-12 teachers on the development of outreach programming that is aligned with state educational standards and curriculum guidelines. Dr. Carnegie brings over 30 years of educational expertise to the team. He received his doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern and holds a B. Sc.(Honors) degree in civil engineering from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, as well as a M. Eng. degree in civil/structural engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. E.), in multiple International jurisdictions.
Trina Fletcher has an interdisciplinary background with both her education and full-time experiences. Fletcher holds a doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University and has industry experience including roles with Johnson & Johnson, Eaton Corporation and serving as the director of pre-college initiatives for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
JEDI Ambassador Faculty Lead
Stephen Secules is an Assistant Professor in the School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) and the STEM Transformation Institute. He teaches a core course on Foundations of Engineering and Computing Education to the PhD students in the SUCCEED cohort. He also runs an Equity Research Group where members engage in weekly discussions and independent equity research. He is the lead investigator for our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Ambassador program where he provides training in research methods, educational design, and leadership to our undergraduate student ambassadors.
Thelma Del Cid
Office Assistant &
Engineers on Wheels
Engineers on Wheels
Graduate Assistant/JEDI Mentor