Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
St. Edward's University (Bachelor's of Math with a Physics Minor) and Washington University (Bachelor's of Chemical Engineering)

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
While in the Dual-Degree program after my first semester here Fall 2018, I took a co-op position for the Spring of 2019 to work at Exxon Mobil Chemical in Baytown, Texas. While working as an intern, I realized that I wanted to pursue an MBA. When I came back to WashU for school Fall of 2019, I had a conversation with Peggy and she talked about becoming a Full-Cycle Engineer through the Masters in Engineering Management Program. This masters is essentially a more technical MBA, sort of like an Engineer's MBA.

Why did you pick WashU?
While studying my math degree at St. Edward's University, I learned about the Dual-Degree program, earning a liberal arts math degree and a more technical, chemical engineering degree, in only 5 years. When I visited WashU, I was amazed with the technology and research opportunities that they offered.

What was your favorite course and why?
My favorite courses were Mass Transfer Operations (MTO) and Engineering Management & Financial Intelligence. MTO was one of the most challenging courses I took as a ChemE and I got a chance to see a lot of connections from my internship at Exxon in school. I really enjoyed Engineering Management & Financial Intelligence because I learned a great deal about what it truly means to manage people as well as learning financial jargon. This was my firsts time learning about basic return on investment (ROI) calculations and it was a very applicable course.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
This is very hard to answer. While being at WashU, I was very fortunate to meet a great deal of professors who have directly impacted my undergraduate and graduate career. If I had to choose one professor, it would have to be Dr. Janie Brennan. She taught several ChemE classes and a graduate class for numerical methods. I first met Dr. Brennan through WUSEF (Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship) and had her as a teacher multiple times. She greatly impacted my decision to pursue a PhD in ChemE following the masters program and was a great mentor.

What advice would you give to a new student?  
I would definitely recommend them to explore St. Louis as much as possible. Unfortunately, during my first year at WashU, I was too focused and hung up on school that I didn't venture out as much as I would've liked to.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
My favorite thing about St. Louis is IMOs Pizza and Schnucks. When it comes to IMOs, I have found out that people either absolutely hate it or they love it, there's no in between.

Where are you from?
I was born in Mexico City and moved to Kingwood, Texas when I was seven.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
I got a chance to be the secretary and then a general group member for SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. I would recommend trying to join any engineering social group which offers yearly national conventions. While at SHPE, I was fortunate enough to go to their national conventions in Kansas City 2017 and Cleveland 2018 to present research I was doing at the time. The convention's offer an enormous career fair with over 200 employers. At the 2017 SHPE convention is where I found out about a summer research position at Cornell University which I later did and I was interviewed and offered a job with Exxon at the 2018 SHPE convention.

Are you presently in the workforce or have any work history?
With the Dual Degree taking 6 years total, I was fortunate to get a lot of different work experiences. During the summer of 2017, I worked as a research intern for Dr. Foston's Lab at WashU through WUSEF. That same August, I worked for three weeks in Colorado at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The following summer 2018, I worked with Dr. Stroock at Cornell University, conducting research on the Coastal Redwoods and went to PeekWeekend at Harvard Business School (HBS). I then took the co-op with Exxon Mobil Spring 2019 and worked for a small Nano-Tech company the summer of 2019 called Molecular Rebar Design (MRD) in Austin, Texas. During the internship, I left for a week for the Summer Venture in Management Program at Harvard Business School and confirmed that I wanted to pursue an MBA. Following this internship, I was honored to be chosen as a Forbes 30 under 30 scholar. Lastly, during the summer of 2020 I worked for Dr. Julia Greer's group at Caltech remotely due to COVID on a project focused on running molecular dynamic simulations of nano-crystalline zinc oxide.

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?
I got a chance to work with the BALSA foundation this semester.

What are your plans for the future?
I recently accepted an offer to work for Exxon Mobil Research in Engineering (EMRE) for the summer of 2021 and will start the doctorate program this coming August 2021 at the University of Texas in Austin, pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering.