Aixa G. Lopez-Santiago is a dynamic professional woman who is trained in a non-traditional profession for Latinas, Engineering.
I met Aixa through the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and she impressed me with her sparkling eyes and easy smile. As I got to know her better, I also discovered a smart and sensible woman with strong ideas and willingness to build community around her.
Aixa has over 20 years of experience working with public agencies and private companies in Puerto Rico and New Jersey since she obtained her US-NCEES professional Engineering License in 1992. She is also an active member of the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Surveyors.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus. She worked eight years for the manufacturing industry with companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, Med Rel in Puerto Rico.
Following that experience, Aixa was appointed as the first non-civil engineer and female director of the Department Of Public Works for the Municipality Of Trujillo Alto, PR, managing over two hundred employees and multiple field crews.
Due to her background in industrial engineering, when the Highway and Transportation Authority was planning on starting the operation of Tren Urbano, she was appointed as the Quality and Safety Manager overseeing the O&M contract on behalf of the Puerto Rico Highway Authority.
Aixa also worked at the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) as Sr. Project Manager for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) -Metropolitan Region. She was in charge of overseeing multi-million infrastructure capital improvement projects participating on the conceptual development of projects, interfacing with architects, engineers, contractors, and vendors throughout the entire project.
She then moved to New Jersey nine (9) years ago and has worked as a business development & marketing manager for small engineering firms helping them reach out to new markets. Aixa has successfully implemented CRM systems and has facilitated ways to integrate project management/client focused reports as business tools.