Who am I?

Carlos Fernando Mantilla Peña. Born and raised in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Passionate about water availability, education and helping out.

What do I currently do?

  • PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, focusing on Residential Water Metering Infrastructure Conditions and Sustainability of Water Distribution Systems.
  • Teaching Fluid Mechanics for CEE (Instructor of Record).
  • LAIGSA (Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association) – Academic and Well-Being Officer.

What have I done?

  • Graduated with BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia in 2010.
  • Completed my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources) at Virginia Tech in May 2014.
  • Member of multiple student organizations throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for multiple courses. Lab-instructor and grader.
  • Mentor for undergraduate students.
  • Represented high school/university in diverse sports competitions. Mainly soccer and table tennis.

What am I looking for?

Share and exchange ideas about where the current higher education system is taking us, what needs to be analyzed? transformed? improved? and how to do it?

I haven’t set a “one path only” after completing my PhD. I am open to explore academia and industry possibilities, but more inclined towards a teaching oriented position.

Population is increasing. Stress on water resources is increasing. Do we have sustainable drinking water distribution systems?

Some quotes/messages:

“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open” …  Thomas Dewar (1864-1930)

The problem of doing nothing, is that you don’t know when you are done… Paraphrased from “Plum Island” a novel by Nelson DeMille