Francisco Plaza

Francisco Plaza


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Francisco Plaza is a mechanical engineering professional with 3+ years of experience managing a variety of programs in sustainable development, product development, research, digital transformation, and technology acceleration and adoption services. His skillset allows for the strategic implementation of projects at the intersections of design, engineering, and business. He has led projects ranging from industry research to understanding future job pathways in mechanical design and manufacturing industries to the acceleration of technology-led ventures looking to mitigate the environmental and social impact of artisanal gold mining in the Amazon region. He has a natural tendency towards energy and water systems, informatics & digital transformation, product development, user experience, marketing, and continuous education. At a personal level, he is empathetic, open-minded, optimistic, creative, curious, and spontaneous. He is passionate about product design (software or hardware), K-12 & undergraduate education, and sustainable development. In his off-time, he is a rock climber, martial artist, and photographer.

Francisco was a 2021 Fellow with E4C working on optimizing a DC solar fridge for rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his Fellowship, he was selected as one of the finalists in the 2020 Innovate for Impact, Siemens Design Challenge with a novel desalination solution for Ecuadorian, coastal, low-income communities. Francisco graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University San Francisco de Quito and did one year of coursework and research at Purdue University.