MiniBio Series - Oscar Barrios, PMI Houston Director of Membership

    Tell us a little about yourself!

    I am Oscar Barrios. I was born in Queretaro, Mexico. I am a mechanical engineer and I have a Master of Science in Materials from Center of Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.

    How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

    I have been working in Project Management since 2007 in different companies like General Electric Aviation, Mabe Technology & Projects, and CIATEQ Advance Engineering Center. Currently, I am working at EP America Inc as Project Manager and Strategic Planner in logistics.

    How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities?

    I have been involved with the Houston PMI Chapter since January 2016. I volunteered in the PMI 2016 Houston Annual Conference and I joined the PMI Membership area in March 2017 as a Membership Analyst. Currently, I am volunteering as Director of Membership and I have been in this position since Jan 2018.

    What are the biggest benefits you’ve realized from volunteering at PMIH?

    The first benefit is being part of a group of people with remarkable personal and professional qualities and learning from their experiences whilst also sharing my own experiences with the team.

    Also, I have participated in different PMI events – such as the PMI regional leaders conference, which has helped me to understand the Project Management tendency and expand my networking in a very friendly atmosphere.  In summary, my time as a PMI Volunteer has highly contributed to my personal and professional growth. Thanks, PMI!!!

    Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

    This is a difficult question because I have more than one interesting project to share.

    While I was working at GE Aviation, I led a project which required the production of two new aircraft motor components: Main fuel Pump and Main Fuel Filter. It was a challenge because these were new products that needed detailed customer requirements, design, audit suppliers, testing, manufacturing, assembly, and production – using the NPI and PMI methodologies. These 2 components also had to comply with high-quality standards (AS-9100) – all within budget!

    Then, while I was working at Mabe, I led a project which required developing an appliance with a new textile prewash system. This project was a challenge because I coordinated a multidisciplinary team of marketing, product planning, engineering, industrial design, suppliers, manufacturing, compliance and sales executives. It was a challenge to focus the team on customer needs through the different project phases. As part of the results, I awarded a patent in US, Canada, and Mexico market. Right now at EP America, I am working on very interesting projects but this time in logistics field where I am learning a lot about this field.