Scholar of the Week

Angela Pereda      
University of Delaware

Angela Pereda is a sophomore working towards her chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. Angela is a 2013 HENAAC Scholar; she earned a Cummins-sponsored scholarship for $1,275.

Angela chose to study chemical engineering because she feels it will allow her to partake in transforming our world into a perfect world. She feels her engineering degree will help her to understand how and why the world works the way it does. Angela explains, “in order to solve problems in society, it is important to understand why they exist.”

A cumulative 3.62 GPA is reflective of her academic performance. Her advisor describes one of her attributes saying, “Angela is one of a small group of students that have reinvigorated the organization this academic year.” She is an honor student in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and has been involved with the SHPE chapter since her freshman year.

Her peers describe her as being, “an avid participant and an eager learner, often encouraging others to be as well through her lighthearted air and encouraging nature, in every setting she is put in.” Others admire her for her determination and confidence because it reaches far beyond the classroom. She is always there to support her friends providing advice regarding social life or balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities never failing to be the voice of reason. To many, she is more than a peer or tutor; she is a role model because of her thirst for knowledge that extends far beyond taking notes in class as she is always eager to share her newfound knowledge.

Angela understands perseverance and hard work is necessary. To that extent, team work is just as vital in being able to develop and refine existing technologies and advances. She strongly believes that learning to work in collaboration with others, whether scientists or engineers, is an integral part of improving upon existing practices. There is no doubt Angela is well on her way to not only accomplishing her academic goals, but to becoming that individual that will leave a remarkable imprint on our society.

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