Delegate of the Week

Ashley Orta      
East Los Angeles College

Ashley Orta has always loved to build, enjoying putting things together. Seeking to turn her interest into a career, Ashley attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for two years before enrolling at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). Now pursuing an Associate's degree at ELAC with plans to transfer to a four-year university, she explains, “The love of building combined with the love of architecture has led me to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering.”

Her academic work brought her an opportunity as an AutoCAD Intern for the City of Cudahy, California, where she led a team in the process of digitizing six million square feet of map data, contributing to a 34 million square foot documentation project for the City. For her thorough efforts to complete it in two short months, Ashley was recognized by the California State Assembly.

Eager to support her fellow students, Ashley became the founding president of ELAC’s Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) chapter. Through SME Ashley organized events to educate others about the engineering fundamentals behind modern manufacturing methods and hosted various interactive laser-cutting workshops. In addition, she joined ELAC’s student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and has served as President for two years.

Ashley attended her first GMiS Conference in 2017 when she heard about the event through a family friend. She became more involved with GMiS, serving as a College Captain at Viva Technology Programs. As a result of her dedication as a College Captain, Ashley was selected to serve as a Delegate at the 2019 GMiS Conference. Through her time with GMiS, Ashley found the support and confidence she needed to pursue future leadership roles. She shares, “Through organizations like GMiS you find like-minded people that will become a support system for you throughout your academic career… They have shown me that ’sending the elevator back down for the others’ is something that all professionals and students should do throughout their careers.”

Ashley continues to set an example through her commitment to supporting students in STEM, and shares “The STEM fields are important now more than ever. There is a constant need for advancements in the medical field and building a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world for future generations.” For her contributions to the STEM community, GMiS excitedly awaits Ashley’s future achievements and proudly recognizes her as Delegate of the Week.

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