Scholar of the Week

Alan Gonzalez      
California State University, Los Angeles

Alan Gonzalez is a senior electrical and computer engineering student at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). He is a 2014 HENAAC/Lockheed Martin Corporation Scholar receiving a $2,428.00. He was inducted into the GMiS Scholars Society as a Magna Cum Laude scholar with a GPA of 3.67. In 2013, he received a HENAAC/NASA Ames Research Center scholarship and in 2012 he received a HENAAC/Northrop Grumman Corporation scholarship.

Prior to entering CSULA, Alan participated in the Summer Transition into Engineering Program (STEP). The following year, he became a STEP Workshop Facilitator and an Academic Excellence Workshop Facilitator tutoring students and assisting professors in math for the CSULA College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology (ECST). Since then, Alan has earned a spot on the ECST Dean’s List from 2012 to 2014, and was awarded the NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) Scholarship.

Since his freshman year, Alan has been an active member of the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Program. The MESA Program serves disadvantaged students in the Los Angeles area motivating them to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Alan has volunteered countless hours in an integral role with the annual MESA preliminary competitions for the MESA Schools Program.

Alan demonstrates his leadership as an active member of the Society of Hispanic Engineering and Science Students (SHESS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).. In 2013-14, he contributed to the success of SHESS by helping the organization establish its first Noche de Ciencias, which is an event geared toward inspiring and motivating middle school students to pursue a STEM degree.

An outstanding scholar and community leader, Alan aspires to motivate youth with his similar upbringings but don’t have the support to go for their dreams. His dream is to design and develop technology such as controllers for pacemakers for medical procedures and communication to provide aid for antenna, networking, and space-related projects. Alan envisions himself as a STEM leader whether it is providing leadership or technical expertise.

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