I was born in Tucson Arizona but grew up in a small town in Mexico called Nuevo Casas Grandes so I could be close to family. When I was a little kid, I never expected to become an engineer or a scientist since college degrees were not common in my family. It was until High school when I met Juan de Dios Fajardo, a science teacher that I was inspired to follow a career path that was related to STEM. Mr. Fajardo was an extremely knowledgeable and smart person who completed a degree in chemical engineering. I enjoyed particularly learning about reduction and oxidation, as well as balancing chemical reactions.
As a double major in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Physics, I am always faced with the challenge of pursuing excellence characteristic of an engineer. Outside of the classroom I also assume responsibility for helping raise my younger siblings, which I hope to inspire to work hard for a better future.
While pursuing my degree at New Mexico State University (NMSU), I enjoy having other extracurricular responsibilities. My responsibilities include several leadership positions in student’s organizations, such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Engineering Council, and the Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU). In AIChE I been an officer for over two years, where I serve mainly as the Liaison between the NMSU AIChE and BMES student chapters. About two years ago I founded the NMSU BMES student chapter on campus since then BMES has made a significant impact at NMS. BMES helps students get involved in projects such as building a bionic claw and get engineering experience. Last Semester I became a representative at the Engineering Council, which supports engineering organizations get funding and get recognized by NMSU, it was here where I was elected to fill an open position for the College of Engineering Senate. In this position, I served as an interim Senator and a couple of weeks ago I was sworn-in as an official College of Engineering Senator.
I have participated in three different research projects: confined chemical reactivity, perovskite-based solar cells, and solid state polymer electrolytes. This Semester I can continue my research in the field of polymers thanks to the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program. This semester with the support of my advisor Dr. Reza Foudazi, my coworker Aaron Lindsay and the AMP program I got accepted to the prestigious University of Minnesota (UMN) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) REU program. This summer at the UMN MRSEC program REU I will be working the direction of Dr. Timothy P. Lodge, who is a leader in the field of polymer science research.
Being an Undergraduate Research Scholar (URS) in the AMP program at NMSU has opened many doors for me. It is allowing me to pursue goals that otherwise would be difficult to reach. The well-structured workshops which include how to build a personal statement, research presentation techniques and speakers allow me to explore more options for my future as a scientist. In the future, I hope to be able to pursue a higher level of education so that I can give back to society.