Ariel Leonardo Gutierrez grew up in a small town named Diezmero, where inventing was a hobby for everybody. That remote place located in La Habana, Cuba, was the cradle of his vision as a designer. Cubans have always been self-taught designers and engineers because they learn these things to survive. Since he inherited this feature, he was always building models of wooden ships and planes. While living in U.S. he enrolled in Miami Lakes Tech where he gained proficiencies in graphic design, drafting, and sketching. He obtained an Associate in Arts degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Honors College of Miami Dade College. As a first year student at Miami Dade College he worked at St. Thomas University as a Quantum Computing Research Intern. He has participated in conventions including United Nations Millennium Campus Conference and the Washington Center Seminar. Also, he participated in the LITECAR challenge created by Local Motors and ARPA-E. In the International Vehicle Design Committee, he has sought to inspire designers locally and globally to forge new ways of saving the environment by replacing the conventional use of internal combustion engine cars with sustainable, green vehicles. He worked for ZuidWesterSloep and created 3-dimensional models of their upcoming boat.
In 2017, he co-founded and served as President of the University of Florida Section of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, where he led an executive board and taught mechanical and aerospace engineering students how to design propulsion system on ships and the basics of hull design. He is currently a senior Mechanical Engineering student at University of Florida. For his senior design project he worked in the R.E.A.C.H. (Re-enabling extension and creating happiness) team and developed an electro-mechanical reacher for people in wheel-chairs, this project was sponsored by Northrop Grumman and Cummins. His interests within the area of Mechanical Engineering include solid mechanics, design, and manufacturing. He focuses on finite element analysis and he received training of molecular dynamics (MD) as it is applied to materials science and in nanotechnology. After all, it seems that his childhood dreams and all the inventive heritage of his native people could be consolidated into a real outcome. The creative spark he carries in his veins together with all the knowledge he gathered in this land of opportunities will finally give birth to marvelous innovations.