Scholar of the Week

Edward Guzman      
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Edward is a 2012 HENAAC-NASA Johnson Space Center scholarship recipient.

Edward Guzman is in his junior year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Quite impressively, Edward possesses a 3.78 grade point average in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. Edward is described as not only an academically strong student, but a well rounded student who demonstrates the importance and value of his professional and leadership development as well as his academic development.

From the start, Edward has taken his educational knowledge and put it to the test; quarter after quarter he enrolls in more than the required minimum units, look for opportunities to expand his horizon and embraces new challenges. He was one of only a few freshmen to join and complete a university-wide leadership training course, the Student Development and Leadership Institute. After his first quarter he was awarded the only Boeing departmental aerospace engineering scholarship. After his first year, he was invited to the Alpha Lambda Delta national freshmen honor society. And because of his outstanding academic progress, he was invited to join the prestigious Golden Key International Honor Society. Edward is also now a member of Tau Beta Pi, an Engineering Honor Society and Sigma Gamma Tau, a National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society.

With Edward’s tenacity, motivation and exceptional grades, he applied to various summer research programs. He was selected to participate in one of the countries more exclusive REU’s (Research Experience for Undergraduates), the highly competitive and highly selective MURP Program at the California Institute of Technology. Edward worked on the Turbulent Boundary Layer research project with peers from across the country. This experience led Edward to continue reaching his goals and further motivated him to excel academically and pursue yet another REU. This past summer he was accepted into the research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edward is also involved in campus activities. He served as secretary for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and is a member of the Society of Hispanics in Science and Engineering and the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics.

A first generation college student, Edward hopes to continue his education and pursue a doctoral degree in engineering with emphasis on fluid-dynamics with applications that will contribute to a better environment.

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