Delegate of the Week

Luna Vazquez      
University of Central Florida

Luna Vazquez’s creativity and aptitude for problem-solving first manifested when she was a young child. Growing up in Florida, the nation’s “space coast,” she became fascinated with NASA’s rocket launches and the engineering that made them possible. Noticing this passion for learning, Luna’s mother nurtured this interest and involved her in activities that focused on innovation and critical thinking, such as her school’s robotics team, a problem-solving club, and a theater club.

After graduating high school, Luna attended Eastern Florida State College, where her creative talents and academic excellence led her to graduate with an Associate of Arts in May of 2017. She then went on to attend the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She notes, “I’ve always wanted to create something and do something that would make a difference. I feel that pursuing an electrical engineering degree opens the door to these opportunities.”

At UCF, Luna joined the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Chapter, for which she served as Outreach Chair. This position allowed her to gain experience in fundraising, managing projects, and developing workshops for other STEM students. Furthermore, she became a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), through which she learned about Great Minds in STEM (GMiS).

Looking for ways to impact the STEM community, Luna began serving as a GMiS College Captain in 2018. In this role, Luna participated in her first Viva Tech program at James Madison Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a young student. At the event, she served as a mentor to guide students through STEM-based learning activities. She explains why she enjoyed her experience, “GMiS gave me the opportunity to give back directly to the community I grew up in.” Luna’s continued efforts led her to be selected as a Delegate for the 2019 GMiS Conference. Although this was her first time attending such an event, she effectively forged lasting friendships and connections with professionals in her field. She explains, “With GMiS, I feel like I’m part of a big family.”

In addition to her outreach involvement, Luna has taken every opportunity to develop her professional skills. Most recently, she completed an internship at Black & Veatch, where she worked in the Power Protection and Controls department. In addition to her current focus on engineering, she still finds time for artistic outlets, “Aside from the creativity it takes to be innovative and solve a problem using engineering principles, I really enjoy the arts. I love to draw, paint, and play instruments.” Luna’s hard work, dedication, and creative passion make her an exceptional role model for students across all disciplines, and Great Minds in STEM proudly recognizes her as Delegate of the Week.

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