STEM Professional of the week

Diego Jaramillo      
Chevron Corporation

As a Telecommunications Engineer for Chevron’s Information Technology Corporation, Diego Jaramillo provides network engineering support for their North American Exploration and Production Mid-Continent Business Unit (MCBU).

Diego was born in Miami, Florida but moved to his parents' home country of Colombia shortly after his birth. His parents divorced when he was in the first grade and his mother brought Diego and his two older brothers back to the United States to begin a new life in Texas. Through his mother's personal example and by giving him the opportunity to experience the difficulties of working in a pottery factory during a summer in high school, Diego learned the value of hard work and was encouraged and challenged to complete his college education.

Inspired by his high school chemistry and physics teachers to consider engineering as a career choice, Diego applied and eventually earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M. Diego, a Computer Engineering major, became involved in the community through the SHPE student organization. Through this experience he was able to mentor many students in the community. In 2008, Diego secured an internship with Chevron, the organization that would eventually give him his first job as an engineer. Diego began his professional career as a Network Engineer with Chevron Corporation. He quickly advanced and was entrusted with a leadership role as a Telecommunications Engineer within two years for Chevron MCBU, which is one of the company's top-producing business units consisting of a team of 1,850 highly talented, diverse employees that help Chevron meet the world's energy needs every day.

In August of 2012, he accepted a position as a Network Field Engineer in Bakersfield, CA to support the San Joaquin Valley Business Unit (SJVBU). At SJVBU, Diego successfully initiated and completed an Audit Stand Down for the network team to verify compliance on all devices per the Chevron Information Risk Standards. This project was executed successfully across over 1,200+ network devices. His ability to take initiative and lead has allowed him to be selected as a regional lead for three of Chevron's business partners in SJVBU.

Diego’s strong communication skills and talent for engaging people, have made him an optimal role model. He actively participates in the Somos and XYZ employee network groups as well as serving as a college recruiter on behalf of Chevron to the Hispanic community. He gladly wel-comes every opportunity given to speak to high school students on the importance of pursuing a STEM degree and challenges them to give back to the community and serve as role models as often as possible.

He was the IT Lead for the Chevron Recruiting team present at this year’s HENAAC Conference. His appreciation for the values instilled by his mother and his two older brothers, both of whom served in United States Marines Corps, is evident. Great Minds in STEM showcased Diego's achievements during the 25th Anniversary HENAAC conference where he was the recipient of a Luminary Award.

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