Scholar of the Week

Emmanuel Aguilar      
Texas Tech University

Emmanuel Aguilar is a senior computer engineering student at Texas Tech University (TTU). He has maintained an excellent 3.42 GPA while volunteering in several community service events. His passion for programming and willingness to give back to his community has earned him a spot among the Class of 2013 HENAAC Scholars with a $1,000 Davila/Trevino Memorial Scholarship.

Emmanuel's passion for computers emerged long ago. At a young age, Emmanuel knew he wanted to be involved with computers one way or another. It was not until he attended Lubbock High School that he took the initiative in educating himself in Cisco Networking and became A+ Certified at the age of 17. Once he graduated from high school, Emmanuel became a part-time computer technician at the Community Health Center of Lubbock. His experience as a computer technician urged a desire to enrich his knowledge in computers. It was then that he decided to begin his journey toward a computer engineering degree.

In college, Emmanuel has participated in several academic programs and student organizations. He was chosen by his professors to participate in the Aerospace Scholars Program while attending South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He was also accepted into the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Texas at Dallas. This NSF-funded program provides an invaluable learning experience for Emmanuel, where he conducted exciting research with advanced transistor materials to improve contact resistance in novel device materials and structures. Emmanuel has also volunteered for numerous events planned by the Tech Marketing Association (TMA), including the Ronald McDonald House, the animal shelter, and fundraisers for the High Cotton Affair. Due to his heavy involvement in TMA, Emmanuel was presented with gold status membership and a TMA scholarship.

Emmanuel's academic drive and community service has earned him a number of awards. In 2012, he was awarded the TTU Semiconductor Device Engineering (S-SDE) Scholarship for his admirable progression through curriculum and potential to be an engineer. He has also been awarded the TTU Ward Scholarship, the TTU Presidential Transfer Scholarship, and placed on the dean's list.

In the future, Emmanuel hopes his STEM degree will ultimately lead him to change the software industry. Whether he contributes by helping create revolutionary technology or by engineering an innovative piece of hardware, his passion will undoubtedly make him the next pioneer in his field.

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