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GMiS Luminary Spotlight: Carolina Diaz Vargas of Shell

Congratulations Carolina Diaz Vargas, Vito Subsea Project Engineer at Shell Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and now a GMiS 2021 Luminary honoree!

As we kick off our 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, we will be highlighting members of our Class of 2021 Luminaries comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.

GMiS Luminary honorees represent professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who initiate, collaborate, and lead key programs and research within their companies. These individuals have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.

Our third spotlighted Luminary of the week is Carolina Diaz Vargas, Vito Subsea Project Engineer, Shell Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

As a strategy-focused Petroleum Engineer, Carolina Diaz Vargas has been recognized for delivering critical high-value deepwater projects safely, on time, and on budget with a rapidly increasing scope of responsibility and financial accountability.

Her current assignment on Shell’s VITO Subsea Project gives her direct financial accountability for up to $46 million worth of the project’s scope while overseeing contractor engineering, coordinating design reviews, schedule management, cost control, and numerous other responsibilities.

Growing up in Bogota, Colombia as the daughter of a college computer science/math professor and an elementary school teacher mother, Ms. Diaz Vargas arrived in the U.S. at the age of 10 when her dad went to get his master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.

It wasn’t long before she was attending the same university to earn her B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Joining Shell after her graduation, Ms. Diaz Vargas rose quickly through the engineering ranks to reach her current position in the company.

Besides her challenging technical role, she has also taken on significant leadership roles within two Shell employee resource groups: Women Adding Value Everywhere, for which she has held multiple volunteer roles since 2016, and the Shell Hispanic Employee Network, where she currently serves as Houston chapter president.

See Ms. Diaz Vargas’ acceptance speech here and congratulations to all the Class of 2021 GMiS Luminaries. Stay tuned for more exemplary Hispanic professionals in STEM as Week 1 of the GMiS Virtual Conference continues!