Scholar of the Week

Irving Olmedo      
University of Texas at Tyler

Irving is a 2012 HENAAC-Jose R. Silva Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Raytheon scholarship recipient.

Irving Olmedo is in his senior year at the University of Texas at Tyler where he is majoring in electrical engineering.

Irving has been described by one of the electrical engineering department professors as “one of the best students whom our department has seen in many years”. As a freshman, he was hired as a research assistant by one of the department professors. During that time he performed research in the area of power systems. His responsibilities included assisting graduate students in the programming and development of the code used for the research project. He was later hired by another department professor to perform research related to FPGA design. Both professors expressed satisfaction and content with his performance. This past year, Irving was selected for the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) where he performed research in the area of computer engineering.

Not only does Irving participate in research projects, but he is also involved in school activities and helping fellow students meet their potential. He served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader where he prepared study sessions and held a weekly office hour helping students on a one-on-one basis. Three years ago he started a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Since that time he has worked hard to make the chapter strong and successful. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) where he serves as a chapter officer. He is also a member of the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) and, in 2011, was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

Irving comes from a very humble family with parents that never finished high school. Now he is motivated to continue on to graduate school. As a future STEM professional, Irving plans to provide the inspiration and serve as an example to others in his community.

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