Mauro Rodriguez Jr. earned his B.S. degree with honors in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He then earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Caltech Mauro was a Ford Foundation fellow under the mentorship of Professor Tim Colonius. In 2021 he joined the School of Engineering at Brown University as an Assistant Professor. His work there uses high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics to study wave and bubble dynamics in and near hard/soft materials. He is passionately committed to increasing underserved and underrepresented individuals, diversity, equity, and inclusion across all levels of STEM, especially in his work with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.