Mauricio

Mauricio

I am the oldest of four children and moved to the United States from Mexico when I was four. My parents taught me the value of education, hard work, and determination to prepare me for my journey towards what may have once seem impossible – a college degree as an immigrant student.

I have always been a hands-on-learner. What was I to do for a career? My passion became evident to me when I watched aerospace related videos on the Discovery channel with my father. Since then I knew engineering was my future. At 12 years old I started playing with tools, assembling and disassembling bicycles. In my first year of college, I joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and became a member of the Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC). It was here that I put my bicycle knowledge to the test and learned about designing and manufacturing an aerodynamic trike from scratch.

Having learned what it’s like to work in a team, to present innovative and creative ideas, and to work with all types of machinery to develop a design, these experiences have fueled my ambition. I now work towards obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering; however, I have not been able to rely on my parents for guidance throughout college. With the help of America Needs You, I hope to sharpen my skills and hone new ones in order to complete my undergraduate studies and compete and transition successfully into the professional world.

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