POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’

Dean Golshani, Mario Cordero, and Nicole Forrest Boggs
Dean Forouzan Golshani, left, with Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero and Director of Development Nicole Forrest Boggs.

Mario Cordero remembers what it was like to graduate high school and walk onto a large and unfamiliar campus preparing to study engineering. His father had immigrated from Mexico and worked at a manufacturing plant in Compton. His mother spoke little English.

“Neither one of my parents had gone to college,” said Cordero, now executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “The only professionals we came into contact with were engineers.”

His father suggested he study engineering. “Here I was—12 years old and I wanted to be a baseball player or a musician. Engineering was kind of foreign to me,” he told students enrolled in the CSULB BESST Engineering Summer Academy. Continue reading “POLB Executive Director Tells Students: ‘You can Imagine Anything You Want’”