Delegate of the Week

Precious Zìté Oguonu      
Texas State University

Both a leader and an innovator, Precious Zìté Oguonu has always been fascinated by the thought of bringing new ideas to life. His desire to solve real-world problems using technology led him to the Texas State University (TSU) College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. He shares how engineering first sparked his interest, “I think STEM fields are important because it is the basis of life right now. The world is powered by technology.”

Precious is double majoring in Civil Engineering and Computer Science at TSU, with plans to graduate in May of 2020. Alongside his academic journey, Precious has made significant strides in advancing his career. For two years, he was an Engineering Research Intern at TSU conducting water quality assessments with an emphasis on monitoring for levels of lead. In the Summer of 2018, he completed an internship for the City of Houston’s Information Technology Department. He now serves as a Computer Technical Specialist at TSU and a Civil/Structural Engineering Intern at Gulf State Engineering.

Precious sought ways to help his community at TSU while developing his leadership skills. He began serving as Treasurer for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a position he would hold for two years. In addition, Precious joined the National Society of Black Engineers and rose to serve as the chapter’s President in 2018-19. As a result of his outreach efforts and academic performance, Precious has received many accolades from TSU, such as the Building Scholars Undergraduate Achievement Award, three Honors Certificates of Achievement, and two consecutive Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards.

Precious became involved with Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) when he volunteered as a College Captain for the Shell STEM Showdown in Houston in Fall 2018. He not only volunteered for the event himself but successfully assembled a group of students from TSU to provide support. At the event, the College Captains led teams of younger students in engaging, STEM-oriented competitions and activities.

After his amazing performance as a College Captain, Precious was selected to serve as a Delegate at the 2019 GMiS Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Conference allowed him the opportunity to serve his fellow students while meeting STEM professionals from across the country. Precious notes, “GMiS has shown me that I am not alone in my journey to the professional world.” Regarding his commitment to serve, he further explains, “As a student from an underrepresented community, I have found out that your environment matters a lot. I have learned to be around people who can assist me professionally and, most importantly, people whom I can assist. It is imperative that I give back because I have received a lot.”

GMiS would like to thank Precious for his exceptional contributions to the STEM community and proudly recognizes him as Delegate of the Week.

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