Desarae Echevarria in Nicaragua with Global Brigades.

Desarae Echevarria has been named one of the 2017 New Faces of Engineering – College Edition by DiscoverE. The DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation) mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism.

Echevarria is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at MSOE. In addition to her studies, Echevarria is a student-athlete, participating in cross country and track and field. She is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and the servant-leadership organization Global Brigades, which recently took her on an infrastructure building trip to Nicaragua.

New Faces of Engineering – College Edition recognizes engineering students who have dedicated themselves to using their skills and education to help engender a better world. Echevarria was nominated for the New Faces of Engineering honor by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

“NACME inspires and encourages excellence in minorities,” Echevarria said. “My drive to be an amazing engineer coincides with NACME’s mission.”

Originally from Melrose Park, Illinois, Echevarria graduated from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy before coming to MSOE. Her ultimate career goal is to use her knowledge and skills to work with others to create positive change. Echevarria is a currently a junior. She has interned at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois and JW Speaker in Milwaukee; and has participated in research projects at the University of Illinois and Loyola University Medical Center.