Delegate of the Week

Osvaldo Castro      
California State University, Los Angeles

Osvaldo Castro has set his sights on making an impact in the lives of others through hard work and dedication. Inspired by the continuous support of his loving parents, he enrolled in courses at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), where he plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2020. He notes, “I wanted to make them proud of not only my hard work, but the difference I would make to change the world for the better.”

At CSULA, Osvaldo has proven himself to be a valuable leader in his campus community. In 2015, he began serving as a Mathematics Supplemental Instruction Leader to help others with Calculus courses. The same year, he became involved in CSULA’s SHPE Student Chapter, eventually becoming the group’s President. Furthermore, Osvaldo has volunteered at numerous MESA events in his area, including many of the organization’s middle school and high school programs. In addition to his outreach efforts, Osvaldo has worked to improve the school’s University Day Care Center by adding features, such as a tortoise enclosure and garden beds.

Looking to use his academic skills to help others, Osvaldo joined the Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) as a Researcher and worked with a team of student researchers to design a solar-powered beach cruiser for paraplegic clients. As a participant in the CSULA Mad Scientist Lab, Osvaldo lead teams to finalize research on the beach cruiser project and design a prototype brain rehabilitation device for hand movement. Additionally, he began working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as a Student Engineer to improve power systems in his area.

Outside of CSULA, Osvaldo has also made many contributions in the LA area, serving as an After-School Program Mentor at the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights and participating in fundraising events for The Crystal Cuevas Down Syndrome Support Fund.

Osvaldo discovered Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) through his university and attended his first GMiS Conference in 2016. He has since volunteered as a College Captain at GMiS Viva Technology programs and was selected to serve as a Delegate for the 2019 GMiS Conference. Osvaldo credits GMiS for offering him endless networking and job opportunities that have taught him professional development skills. He explains, “These events and activities not only got me out of my comfort zone, but also led to my personal growth. With the support of GMiS, I am one step closer to achieving my goal as I transition from a student to well-rounded engineering professional.”

Now a senior at CSULA, Osvaldo continues to set an example for other STEM students. Through his outreach efforts and volunteer work, he has made an undeniable impact on the lives of many. For all of his contributions to his community, Great Minds in STEM would like to thank Osvaldo and proudly recognizes him as Delegate of the Week.

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