Scholar of the Week

Jennifer Soto      

Jennifer Soto, a senior in industrial engineering, at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is a recipient of the 2012 HENAAC/Robert & Debbie Amezcua Scholarship. Jennifer is described by her faculty and peers as technically proficient and professional in her technical analyses, and represents the excellent caliber of students at UTEP.

Jennifer’s commitment to her community drives both her enthusiasm for her education and involvement and advocacy for student success.

Jennifer is a committee chair for community engagement and outreach projects for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has shown great momentum and enthusiasm with this position. One project she spearheaded for SWE was the MAES Science Extravaganza. Working with members of MAES – Latinos in Science and Engineering, Jennifer was responsible for creating a mechanical engineering-based project for the event, which hosted local middle and high school students. Jennifer has also been involved with middle and high school students tutoring at Richardson Middle School and Bel Air High School, both located in El Paso. Jennifer hopes to continue her community outreach, as a professional, by making presentations about the importance of pursuing a STEM degree to local community organizations, especially those serving underserved youth.

Jennifer aspires to complete her first undergraduate degree by fall 2014 and later pursue a second bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Her goal is to apply her education, awareness, abilities and insight within her community. By engaging local companies responsible for the development infrastructural projects in pro-bono engineering projects related to her field, Jennifer seeks to give back to the community. She wants nothing less than a better future, superior technology, and a greater opportunity for innovation, in her community.

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