Scholar of the Week

Alejandro Martinez Bueno
San Diego State University

Alejandro Martinez Bueno has a great understanding of who he represents and the impact he must make on his community. As a first-generation college student, Alejandro grew up in an area where most adults never graduated from high school. Coming from a family of vineyard workers and roofers, he remembers the harsh conditions in which he and his father would work in the fields. His first-hand experiences with hard labor have motivated him not only to pursue higher education, but to help others obtain STEM degrees. Alejandro’s leadership skills and academic performance led him to receive a 2019 GMiS Scholarship sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU).

Alejandro believes in taking advantage of each opportunity presented to him, since his parents were not afforded the same chance to pursue their dreams. Recognizing the challenges his parents faced when moving to the United States at a young age, he notes how their efforts paved way for the next generation, “My family is now in the era of generations that have been given the opportunity to go to college because of the sacrifices my family made.”

Now attending SDSU, Alejandro serves as a volunteer at DeMarillac Academy and within his school’s MESA program. He explains how these experiences have impacted him, “When I’m with these kids, I see myself in them because I come from a similar community as them, one I want to give back to and improve.” In addition to these outreach efforts, Alejandro is active in his school’s SHPE Chapter and Club Soccer program. After suffering a serious sports-related injury in the Spring 2019 semester, he struggled to overcome the hardships he faced as a result. He attributes his success to his passion for helping the younger Hispanic community.

Thankful for the support he has received in his academic journey, Alejandro explains, “I want to help and give back to the next Hispanic generations that come, the same way they are giving to me. I am going to be a leader and role model in my community. . .” After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in May of 2020, he plans to obtain his master’s in electrical engineering and pursue work in robotics, electromagnetics, or space systems. For his remarkable achievements and leadership abilities, Great Minds in STEM proudly recognizes Alejandro Martinez Bueno as Scholar of the Week.

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