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STEM Professional of the week

Keila Martinez-Camacho      

Encouraged and motivated to pursue her goals and strive for excellence, Keila Martinez-Camacho demonstrated leadership and a strong sense of responsibility early on in life. Born into a Puerto Rican family, Keila and her three siblings had hard-working and dedicated parents who would teach them how to prepare for the future.

After graduating high school, Keila began her quest for an engineering degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. During her first year in college, Keila made sure to pursue Co-op’s and summer internships in an effort to obtain experience and work on projects that provided early exposure to the industrial engineering in the corporate world. Shortly after graduating from college, Keila was interviewed by IBM representatives and invited to New York for a second interview, where she would eventually receive an offer from the corporation and started working in 1999.

For the past 15 years, Keila Martinez-Camacho has been a valued employee at IBM, having made tremendous professional impact in both industrial engineering, technical and leadership management capacities. She started in the organization’s Microelectronics Division, where she led several high-profile strategic projects and today, Keila is a Global Hardware Execution Operational Leader, where she is responsible for leading and assisting on critical big plays for IBM Integrated Supply Chain. The position also gives her responsibility for Order to Cash execution across IBM’s portfolio of hardware technologies which represent several billions of dollars of revenue.

As part of this role, Keila is also to co-lead the ISC Global Women organization to continue the IBM efforts to provide professional growth to women leaders. During the first few years with IBM, she was actively involved with the Hispanic community, mentoring high school students and working in local libraries helping Hispanic students and parents strengthen their computer skills. She was also part of the IBM New hire network, and coordinated many activities to engage employees at the Fishkill NY site. Her influence on growing and mentoring young people is not bounded by the walls of the factory. She actively mentors several students in academia as well as across IBM. She has also attended HENAAC conferences where she has had the ability to work with and mentor students through critical thinking exercises. She participates annually in the National Engineers week programs, leading discussion and inspiring young students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for several age groups.

Keila graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from both the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in business administration respectively. Keila was honored with a Luminary award by Great Minds in STEM in October.

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