Scholar of the Week

Angel Chavira
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Angel Chavira’s passion for physics has driven him to find ways to use the world’s natural resources for the benefit of the underprivileged. Seeking to be a positive image for young Hispanic scholars, Angel is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT), with plans to attain his Ph.D. upon graduating in May 2020. As a result of his hard work and outstanding achievements, Angel has received the API Scholarship presented by Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) at the 2019 Conference.

Angel was born to Mexican immigrant parents, their experiences and struggles to survive inspired him to seek out ways to improve the lives of impoverished people the world over. In high school, Angel’s exposure in an AP Physics course uncovered a passion for the natural world and the scientific laws that governed it. Now focused on STEM, Angel excelled in his courses and was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements in both math and science.

Upon enrolling at NMT, Angel’s desire to understand physics extended his studies beyond his classes and into his own time, seeking to gain as much knowledge as possible through books of computational and quantum mechanics. Angel joined his school’s chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and participated in multiple community outreach events designed to bring awareness to STEM careers in youth.

Outside of College, Angel shared his excitement for STEM at the Explora Science Learning Center in Albuquerque, where he helped children gain interest in STEM by understanding the physical properties of matter in hands-on activities. Though focused on STEM, Angel also volunteered at arts and crafts events created to inspire interest in self-expression in kids and teens, sharing “I wanted the kids to develop an enthusiastic approach towards science and art. That way they can start being fascinated with the world around them, like I did many years ago.”

For nearly two years, Angel has been part of a research team running structural simulations with NASA’s LUVOIR program. Additionally, he was selected for an undergraduate research experience in Summer 2019 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These experiences have helped reinforce Angel’s plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering to find ways to create affordable energy solutions for impoverished areas of the world. GMiS is proud to recognize Angel Chavira as the Scholar of the Week for his great achievements and looks forward to the many ways he will be serving his community.

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