Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), assistant membership and resources officer; Texas Theme Park Engineering Group, outreach chair and secretary; FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1477, scouting and strategy mentor; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
What achievements, recognition, and/or awards have you received?
UT Austin Engineering Honors Program; IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Large Student Branch; 1st place in UT Austin’s Embedded Systems Class Design Competition; The Woodlands High School 2020 Commencement Speaker; National AP Scholar; National Hispanic Recognition Program
Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?
Overcoming the language and cultural barriers I faced when I first came to the United States from Peru. At first, I was worried I would be left behind in learning, compared to others, but I refused to tell myself I couldn’t learn at all. This drive, along with assistance from English Second Language (ESL) teachers, allowed me to achieve just as much and do just as well in class as everyone else, and beyond.
What are your plans for the future?
After college, I plan on developing new technologies and experiences in the themed entertainment industry.
How has HSF helped you?
Not only has HSF allowed me to focus more on my education, rather than my ability to pay for it, but with such amazing resources and opportunities, like the National Leadership Conference, I am able to learn more about what I can do with my future and how to develop as a leader, both in college and in my future career.