Scholar of the Week

Ana Guzman      
University of Texas El Paso

Ana Guzman is a junior pursuing her studies in civil engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is a recipient of the Leticia S. Montiel Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by GMiS Board Treasurer, Rudy Montiel, in honor of his mother. This memorial scholarship is awarded to a qualified student attending UTEP, which is the alma mater of Mr. Montiel.

Ana is disciplined, responsible and dedicated to her studies, her extra-curricular activities, her volunteer work in the community, and her pre-professional engineering experiences. Ana's vision for the future is based not only on her own endeavors and successes, but also on the success of her classmates.

In 2012, Ana was one of 45 students selected to participate in Engineering Emerging Leaders Institute (EELI) funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. EELI is an innovative program with a goal of developing 21st century leadership skills - conflict management, trust, cooperation, strategic thinking, and goal setting – among aspiring engineers.

In addition to EELI, Ana is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, America Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. As an ASCE member, she is part of the Steel Bridge Team and the Concrete Canoe Team.

Since 2013, she has worked as an undergraduate research assistant managing, coding and analyzing qualitative data collected for a National Science Foundation research project. Her maturity, professionalism, self-direction and interactions with the research faculty, are highly regarded by her professor. She is also a math tutor at El Paso Community College

For all her work, including achieving a 3.77 GPA, Ana has been recognized with several scholarships, most notably, the 2012 UTEP Presidential Scholarship, 2012 Top Ten Percent Scholarship Award (for graduating in the top ten percent of her high school graduating class), the 2013 HENAAC Scholarship sponsored by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and the 2014 MAES Academic Achievement Award.

Ana’s superb academic record, her campus and community volunteer experience, her pre-professional engineering experience make her an excellent role model to her community.

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