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Alumnus Story: Alfonso Dager, BSCPE ’07

Technical Advisor with FedEx Express

What do you do for a living now?

I am currently a technical advisor with FedEx Express in the Latin America and Caribbean Division. In this role, I perform a multitude of functions, including providing technical consultation to the IT management team; working with business partners to determine software needs; coordinating and leading software architectural design with developers and architects from across the region; and liaising with corporate teams to expand IT modernization to the Latin America and Caribbean region.

What’s your first memory of the College of Engineering?

As a senior in high school, I participated in a program where seniors could take the Introduction to Engineering Course as a Saturday class with Dr. Ram. It was my first time visiting the UM campus. My dad and I left the house and started what was only supposed to be a 45-minute journey. As luck would have it, there was a marathon taking place that included the campus perimeter as part of the course. After dodging numerous traffic detours, we arrived 45 minutes after the class was scheduled to start. I ran to CoE, arriving out of breath with Dr. Ram standing at the top of the stairs giving the “slow down” signal. As it turns out, day one’s activities were only to arrive, learn the area and meet the other students. Needless to say, we learned the area quite well that day.

When you last volunteered with the College of Engineering, how did that make you feel?

This is a Spock in “Star Trek IV” type of question. …  In my case, it was a bittersweet experience. Allow me to explain. The last time I volunteered, it marked the end of a five-year leadership commitment with the College of Engineering Alumni Association. At that time, I had the opportunity to reflect on my time with the organization and I felt pride in all that we accomplished as a team, delight in knowing the alums and students that we helped, and nostalgia for the journey that the new leadership team was about to embark on. I will definitely be volunteering in the future, but this one marked the end of a great journey. Live long and prosper to the CoEAA.

What do you wish other people knew about the College of Engineering?

I wish people knew the potential that is about to propel the College of Engineering. The new leadership of UM President Frenk and CoE Dean Bardet, along with the generous $100 million gift from Phillip and Patricia Frost, has laid the groundwork. Followed with a renewed focus on entrepreneurship and an eager student body, it is leading to a perfect storm that will expose the CoE as a force both on campus and in the engineering world. Add to it the passion of a dedicated and successful alumni base and the possibilities are endless.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with the College of Engineering.

That person would be Mirella Avesani Suarez. She was involved with the establishment of the CoEAA and recruited me to join the board of directors in 2011. Then, after a year on the board, she also is the one who approached me to take on the role of president-elect. After a soft push from my fiancé, I decided to answer the call.

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