Delegate of the Week

Felipe Valdovinos      
California State University, Los Angeles

Felipe Valdovinos has always been his family’s go-to tech support thanks to his love for tinkering with electronics. His talent for fixing things, paired with his mathematics skills, first sparked his interest in engineering. In Spring 2019, Felipe graduated from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. The only engineering student on CSULA’s soccer team, he used the team’s GPA requirements as motivation to excel in his studies. However, Felipe largely credits his success to the support of his family, “Soccer helped me finish my education, but my parents’ sacrifices were the most motivating.”

In addition to playing soccer for the CSULA team for two years, Felipe found many other ways to get involved. In 2013, he joined his school’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program. While serving in MESA, he organized events and activities that aimed to get more students involved in STEM. In 2015, Felipe worked as a STEM Teacher Assistant at Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, where he shared his knowledge with a generation of soon-to-be college freshmen. Additionally, he served as an Academic Tutor for challenging electrical engineering courses.

Looking to get more underrepresented students involved in STEM, Felipe also joined the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at CSULA. Through the organization, he helped provide resources to assist STEM majors in their coursework. Recently, Felipe led a team of senior engineering students in CSULA’s Crystal Growth Furnace Project. This position not only provided practical experience in industrial design but allowed Felipe to develop his skills as a leader.

Felipe later applied his leadership experience by serving in programs sponsored by Great Minds in STEM (GMiS). After hearing about GMiS through a colleague, he began assisting with Viva Tech programs in January of 2019. Through Viva Tech, Felipe was able to teach younger groups of students about the importance of STEM and the many pathways it offers. He was later selected to serve as a Delegate at the 2019 GMiS Conference, where he had the opportunity to network with STEM professionals and learn more about careers in the STEM fields.

Currently, Felipe works for the U.S. Department of Defense Naval Base in Ridgecrest, California. He is on a rotational assignment with the Navy and has served as Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineer and Flight Test Engineer. He will soon be working on planning missions for the Navy. As a result of his hard work and perseverance, Felipe has distinguished himself as a mentor and role model for others. GMiS would like to thank Felipe Valdovinos for his service to the STEM community and proudly recognizes him as Delegate of the Week.

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