Delegate of the Week

Samuel González Ortiz      
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

As a first-generation college student, Samuel González Ortiz initially felt directionless when discussing his plans for after high school with his peers. He knew he had a fascination with technology but did not know how his interest could translate into a career. It wasn’t until one of his high school teachers suggested engineering that he began researching the STEM fields. Inspired by how quickly smartphones and other new technologies changed modern society, Samuel discovered a passion for computer engineering. Currently enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Samuel relies on his experiences as a first-generation college student to inspire others to pursue STEM careers.

In the fall of 2018, he was invited to the 30th Annual GMiS Conference to participate in the Viva Technology Program as a College Captain leading a group of high school students. In April of 2019, he was promoted to an Elevated College Captain at the first ever Viva Technology Program in Puerto Rico. Samuel remarks on the work he does in the program, “I’m grateful to GMiS for events like Viva Technology in which I’m allowed to give back to my community and to hopefully enlighten young kids about the wonder of STEM fields.”

Since becoming involved with GMiS, Samuel has also seen important developments in his professional skills. He notes that attending the GMiS College Bowl at the Conference was a life-impacting experience, “By the end of it, I knew it had changed me for the better. My shyness has kept me away from a lot of possible opportunities, and after that experience, I haven’t been the same.”

Through the Conference’s Career Fair, Samuel connected with representatives from Lockheed Martin. They asked him to participate as a guest speaker at a Lockheed Martin sponsored outreach event in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Afterwards, he volunteered at many of the company’s events and eventually found a mentor within Lockheed Martin. Most recently, Samuel accepted a full-time offer to work as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin upon his graduation.

Samuel’s determination and willingness to participate are an excellent example for other students. Through his efforts, he has not only created a solid foundation for himself but has also helped countless others find a passion for STEM, similar to how his high school teacher inspired him. GMiS proudly recognizes Samuel as Delegate of the Week.

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