Héctor is committed to fostering a culture of support and empowerment for LGBTQ+ students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Héctor is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University, with a focus on the culture of engineering and the experiences of LGBTQ+ students in STEM. Before attending Purdue for a PhD, Héctor obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on Computer Architecture. Héctor has worked on a variety of research projects, from computer engineering, engineering student identities, to the values that inform students choice of engineering major. He is driven by the tension between human/social concerns and technological focus traditional to engineering approaches.