Scholar of the Week

Gabriela Gil      
University of Texas at Austin

Gabriela is a 2012 HENAAC-Lockheed Martin scholarship recipient.

Gabriela Gil is in her junior year at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) where she is pursuing a dual major in electrical and computer engineering.

Gabriela graduated from Madison High School as class salutatorian and president of the National Technical Honors Society. As a high school student, Gabriela had an electrical engineering mentor, Mr. Steve Gomez, who motivated her to start a robotics club which generated interest in fellow students. She received many honors including scholarships from Schlumberger, Conoco Philips and the Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship.

In her first semester at UT, Gabriela was a participant of the First Year Interest Group (FIG) where she was a proactive participant and stood out in her group of twenty-seven students. She also became involved with a number of campus organizations. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society of Women in Engineering, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She has also served as director of the ACE Program where she was responsible for organizing “Noche De Ciencas” (Family Science Night) and the “Young Engineers and Scientists Day” where more than 100 middle and high school students visit the campus to learn about engineers through hands-on activities and workshops. In 2010, Gabriela was also a participant in the National Hispanic Institute in Washington, D.C.

In 2011 Gabriela was offered the opportunity to intern as Qualcomm Software Intern in San Diego, California, where she created a dynamic web application for the Android testing team in order to easily input/retrieve test results for difference benchmarks into and from the MySQL database.

Upon receiving her degree, Gabriela hopes to follow in her mentor, Mr. Gomez’s footsteps and make an impact on her community so that she too can inspire others.

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