Andrew Hernandez - Hall of Fame 2020
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew Hernandez, B.S. '84, is a principal electrical engineer for the U.S. and Americas operations at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, where he consults and oversees infrastructure and process design, safety, hazardous classifications, and other electrical subject matters. Before joining AstraZeneca in May 2011, he spent more than 28 years combined with General Motors and Delphi. After graduating from Wayne State in 1984 with a bachelor's in electrical engineering, Hernandez was hired by Detroit Chevrolet Gear and Axle — where he was a co-op electrical engineer while still in school — as an associate engineer. He advanced to the General Motors Saginaw Steering Gear division, where he developed a six-year preventive substation maintenance program that became the standard for both Delphi and General Motors sites. In 2003, Hernandez became the Delphi corporate staff electrical engineer and helped develop and roll out the company's electrical safety program at 49 U.S. sites and 15 sites throughout Mexico. Hernandez is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Industry Applications Society (IAS) and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a past chairman of the IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems department and has received numerous awards for his published works. Besides his professional standing, Hernandez works through both the IEEE Delaware Bay section and AstraZeneca's mentoring program to help children acquire a passion for engineering and science through STEM activities and competitions.