Scholar of the Week

Frank Garcia      
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Frank Garcia is a senior pursuing an electrical engineering degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is expected to graduate in June 2017. With a 3.95 GPA, Frank is a recipient of a $2,000 HENAAC Scholarship sponsored by Edison International, for the second year in a row!

Frank is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Power & Energy Society, Maximizing Engineering Potential and the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He served as SWE’s Freshman Representative and managed membership outreach events aimed for freshman students. He also served at the IEEE Engineering Council Representative. He has received several scholarships, notably from The Boeing Company, Chevron, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Frank credits the Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) program with giving him the strong sense of community and professional development. In his capacity both as a peer mentor and an academic tutor for the past two years, Frank has coached students how to be problem solvers and not just work toward answering questions. His teaching philosophy is to look beyond the immediate question, and focus on learning the fundamental concept of the problem solving techniques and then finding the appropriate application for what is learned in the classroom. When tutoring in mathematics, he reminds students that computing the calculations is not as important as understanding the techniques used to solve the problem, because a computer can solve integration or convolution much faster than a human without error, but engineers need to find the application for techniques such as integration in a control system for cruise control for our vehicles.

Described by his peers as an Intelligent, effective communicator, and leader, Frank has a stellar work ethic that will serve him well in his prospective career in the power industry.

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