Scholar of the Week



Carlos Martinez      
University of Southern California




Carlos Martinez, a first-generation college student, is a graduating senior in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). He is a 2014 HENAAC Scholar, who received a $2428 scholarship sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Carlos is described by his peers as a well-rounded individual that shines academically, leads naturally, is well-spoken and strives for excellence in every aspect of his life. He is an innovative STEM leader with the ability to foster creative thinking, understanding customer needs, and the willingness to take risks. He is a regular volunteer at most of the engineering school’s outreach events, while he juggles a full-time class schedule, a part-time job, and leading the engineering school’s top organization.

Carlos has interned with Northrop Grumman designing and implementing test conditions for power converters and utilizing various lab equipment to test and analyze power converters. Through INROADS, he also interned with UTC Aerospace Systems where he created a database that increased efficiency, performance, and productivity and reduced company costs by over $85,000. In Summer 2011, he participated in the USC Center for Engineering Diversity Summer Institute where he researched online learning algorithms, created an algorithm by collecting and analyzing data from an online game, and applied the algorithm in order to obtain maximum results in the game.

In 2013, Carlos stepped into the leadership role of the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) after the resignation of the former president. Carlos helped to secure over $30,000 in funding and increased membership by 150%. Since 2014, he has served as Assistant Director for the Latino Student Assembly, an entity that oversees 20 diverse Latino organizations at USC.

For his leadership and academics, Carlos has received recognition as the 2013-2014 Latino of the Year, Cisco Diversity Scholarship, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship, and a HENAAC/Northrop Grumman Scholarship.

Carlos is proud to state that all the academic, cultural, and social encounters he has experienced at USC have prepared him to embrace his role as a future STEM leader.



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