Manuela Murillo Sanchez

Class of 2021

Undergraduate Project Manager Team Lead

Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics major

President of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at SMU

Second Century Scholar

Manuela is a junior at Southern Methodist University working towards her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. She is also a Logistics Coordinator at the Maguire Center for Ethics, President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at SMU, Tunes for Texas volunteer, and Second Century Scholar.

She was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Houston, Texas as a young child. She is driven by her passion for learning, but beyond that she strives to find areas in which she can apply her knowledge for the betterment of her community. Her current community focus area revolves around the STEM access, support, and development pipeline within minority communities. Under her vision, she spearheaded the robust SHPE SMU community service program involving mentorship, STEM workshops, and Math tutoring for students from underprivileged areas of Dallas. Due to her active support of the Hispanic community in Dallas, she was awarded the prestigious SHPE DFW (Professional Chapter) Hispanic Leadership Award.

Manuela is currently a project manager for the Hunt Institute where she translates scholarly research into driving local and global impact. While not working at the Hunt Institute, she can be found working towards building professional experience through co-ops and internships, either serving as an Engineering Data Analyst at BMW in Spartanburg, South Carolina, or working for Global Operations for the largest world’s largest companies, AT&T. In the future, she hopes to continue to build her professional experience as an engineer and eventually attend graduate school. Manuela also hopes to continue her lifelong hobbies of reading, traveling, playing tennis, and learning new languages.