Melissa Villegas Drake is originally from El Paso, TX. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and her Math Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from Arizona State University. She has a Master’s in Career and Technical education from Northern Arizona University. Melissa has been an educator teaching for eleven years and is working as a math and programming teacher for Dysart School District in Phoenix, AZ. She is a co-founder of Girls in Tech Phoenix.
Melissa has also served as the National President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. Melissa is a former engineer who worked at Rockwell Space Operations, United Space Alliance, Motorola and On Semiconductor.
Melissa’s life goal is to motivate youth and women to pursue careers in STEM.