Scholar of the Week

Eric Chaidez      
Texas A&M University

Eric Chaidez is currently a masters electrical engineering student at Texas A&M University, expecting to graduated in May 2016. Born from parents that immigrated from Mexico at a young age, Eric graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is one if the recipients of a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by the Intel Foundation. Along with this scholarship, Eric has the opportunity to accept permanent, full-time employment with Intel.

Eric has completed several internships at NASA. Most recently, he completed an internship at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Pathways Intern supporting avionics engineers by completing various assignments pertaining to Launch Services Program, through the development of software tools to monitor critical flight systems. In the summer of 2013, he was a Student Intern at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) where he worked in the EV8 Wireless Communications Branch creating a software interface for communication and satellite devices. The summer prior, he interned at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) where he was involved with the Dynamics Test Branch in the project titled “Active Lateral Fluid Harmonic Absorber Development” for frequency algorithm applications.

Eric is a NASA Student Ambassador. Early in 2015, he was featured in Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute (HSFI) newsletter and the NASA One-Stop-Shopping-Initiative as a “Student Spotlight.” Eric is also an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, MAES - Latinos in Science and Engineering, Hispanic Outreach & Leadership Alliance (HOLA), and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Coming from a low-income family, Eric appreciated the importance of hard work and determination. Eric quotes former president William Clinton, “It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit.” As a long term goal, Eric aspires to work for NASA KSC.

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