Former student named one of the 50 most powerful Latinas of 2017 by Fortune

Aleida Rios 

In March, Fortune Magazine released a list of “The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017.” The list was compiled by the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and was based upon four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career—resume and runway ahead—and their social and cultural influence.

Ranked at number 10 on the list is Aleida Rios '91, a graduate of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Rios serves as the vice president of operations for BP Gulf of Mexico. In choosing Rios for this honor, Fortune points out that she is “responsible for the safe, reliable and compliant operations on BP’s four offshore platforms in the deepwater gulf, which produce 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.”

Not only does Rios oversee such a major component of BP’s petroleum operation, she has made a significant impact on the culture at the company.

According to BP’s website, “Rios strives to create a work culture where everyone’s contributions are heard and valued. She makes it a priority to be visible and accessible to all of her colleagues and she is always willing to offer advice and counseling.”

Rios also serves on the leadership council for BP’s Million Women Mentors program. This program is aimed at mobilizing 1 million mentors, male or female, to “inspire and instill confidence in girls and young women while empowering them to pursue careers in STEM-based industries.”

The significance of this honor was not lost on Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&M. In a statement, Young recognized the accomplishment:

“Being one of only 50 Latinas in the nation selected for this honor is certainly a testament to (Rios’) superior leadership, strong character, sharp intellect and tireless work ethic. Please know that I am truly proud and grateful to have (Rios) as a member of our Aggie family. Thank you for all you do to represent our university in such a superior light.”

Rios also currently serves on the Advisory Council of the of The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.