Engie Merino is the Project Manager for the HSFI NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) Project. As Project Manager, she focuses on increasing and supporting awareness of NASA student opportunities at Hispanic Serving Institutions nationwide.
Prior to joining HSFI, Engie was an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, with a focus on STEM academic programming and retention at the University of the District of Columbia. She played a strong role in increasing the collaboration between STEM program departments and the Office of Academic Advising & Retention. Before relocating to Washington, D.C., Engie supported outreach initiatives focused on increasing higher education access to minority student populations through the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dedication to creating college-going-communities went beyond student efforts, as she fostered the involvement of community parents, supported educational staff on college admission and advising practices, and represented the UCLA Bruin Caucus in statewide advocacy initiatives.
Engie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography: Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles. She looks forward to continue servicing minority populations towards increasing college completion rates and representation in STEM careers.
Coming from a low-resourced community, educational access programs instilled in me the confidence to dream of college. HSFI is giving me the opportunity to pay it forward.