Scholar of the Week

Alberto Beltran      
Purdue University

Alberto Beltran was raised in a household that encouraged him to work hard at everything he did, especially when it came to his education. He carried that work ethic throughout his years as a student in Pennsylvania. During his final year in high school, Alberto was honored with the “W. Earle Rupert Memorial Cup,” the highest award given by the school for academic excellence and the “Raymond M. Moynihan Trophy,” awarded to students that have a combination of athletic ability, academic achievement, and outstanding school service.

Following high school graduation, Alberto decided to follow his engineering interests and enrolled at Purdue University in Indiana, to continue to build a solid academic foundation as a mechanical engineering major. 

Since his freshman year at Purdue, Alberto has been member of MAES Latinos in Science and Engineering, having served as President of the university’s section in 2014. He also works directly with the Hispanic community through his fraternity, Delta Pi Rho (DPR). Through this experience, they have pushed each other academically, completed dozens of community service hours and strive to be leaders within their community. As a result, DPR has given Alberto the extra motivation and time-management skills that he now uses to better help the Latino community. They have worked together to renovate homes through Habitat for Humanity, cooked Latino food at their Latino Cultural Center for the public, encouraged each other to speak their opinions instead of being timid, and hosted study tables twice a week.

The future STEM leader, also hopes to continue his outreach to younger K-12 students, particularly those who are Hispanic, to provide them with STEM knowledge. He realizes that many young students are unfortunately unaware of the many opportunities within STEM and aspires to be a positive figure in their lives. Professionally, Alberto is looking forward to working in the automotive industry for a company with similar visions and goals as himself. 

For his efforts, Alberto received a Villarreal Family scholarship and was recognized as a 2015 HENAAC Scholar during the 27th Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA.

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