• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
Sulianet Ortiz is a Staff Facility Controls Engineer at the Disneyland Resort where she is now responsible for the park’s Energy Management System and the automation of Resort-wide Utilities.
In her position, Ms. Ortiz supports the planning and implementation of energy efficiency programs including the building tune-up and building metering, Facility Time Scheduler, and the Utility Report Card. She also manages the EPA Portfolio Energy Profiler for the DLR buildings and tracks the energy performance of TDA and the Hotels to qualify for the EPA’s Energy Star Award. Her basic objective is to design, develop, test, document, and sustain automation and data reporting software for the Resort’s Central Energy and Utility Plants.
Before she became a Disney Cast member, while still growing up in Puerto Rico, Ms. Ortiz dreamed of one day earning an engineering degree to help her parents financially and to live in Southern California. Her interest in STEM led her to Iowa State where she studied for her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and also was a member of the school’s Air Force ROTC program.
The anger towards foreigners in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks led Ms. Ortiz to feel like an outsider in her own country despite being a U.S. citizen in a military organization. The sense of “otherness” led her to help found and publish a multicultural student magazine on campus which eventually went on to earn 2nd place in the Best Student Magazine category for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Award.
That experience, along with her other extra-curricular activities, also led to other awards including a Women Impacting ISU award and a Multicultural Student Affairs Leadership Award. After a semester abroadin Switzerland,taking engineering classes in French and learning Italian, Ms. Ortiz landed a job with General Mills in the southern California she had always dreamed of. Within two years she had moved to Disney and gained her Professional Engineering license. She is currently pursuing an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.