Scholar of the Week

Alberto Luna      
University of Southern California

Alberto Luna grew up with four younger siblings under the care of Mexican immigrant parents who taught him the value of education, human compassion and dignity. 

Determined to be the most positive role model for his brothers and sisters, Alberto decided he wanted to become an engineer. He knew that being the first in his family to attend and graduate from college would take a lot of work and determination, but he was eager to work towards his goal. The immediate first step towards his dreams came right after high school when he enrolled at Whittier College, a private liberal arts college in California. By 2014, Alberto had fulfilled his first educational goal by earning a bachelor’s degree in physics. The next step took him to the University of Southern California to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, which he did in May of this year. 

Alberto’s interest in becoming an electrical engineer came from his desire to improve the condition of the world. It is also the reason why he chose to intern at Southern California Edison. The idea that he could assist in the distribution of electricity was an opportunity he is grateful for and undoubtedly will help him reach the next level in his professional career. 

While Alberto realizes that having a dream and a diploma are phenomenal starts to achieve success, he is also devoted to helping his community. He has volunteered for many hands-on competitions for middle and high school students provided by Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and USC.

Alberto was part of the Class of 2015 HENAAC Scholars and was awarded a Henry W. Brady Memorial Scholarship at the HENAAC Conference in October. The scholarship is sponsored by past HENAAC Award Winner, RADM Patrick Brady (Retired) of the U.S. Navy.

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