Scholar of the Week

Jose D. Rodriguez      
Manhattan College

Jose D. Rodriguez, an electrical engineering senior at Manhattan College, is a 2012 HENAAC-Lockheed Martin Corporation scholarship recipient. A transfer student from Bard College, he continued his academic achievement at Manhattan College, where he is slated to graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

Jose began his journey into the STEM world as a middle school student. His school attained the top score in the city-wide science contest, with Jose leading the way by scoring first place in mathematics. Later, in college, he won first individual and team place at the Florida Mathematics Olympics, a competition where the top Florida college students compete in a ten-hour applied mathematics challenge.

His competitive mindset, has led him to acquire some unique internship experience. He has served as an Engineering Analysis Intern at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. There, he conducted failure analysis on network transformers and network protectors. He also earned an electrical Engineering internship at WSP Flack + Kurtz Engineers in New York. In this position, he designed emergency lighting and fire alarm systems for a five-tower hotel expo center in Shanghai, China. In addition, Jose has also worked as an engineering assistant for InterAlum S.A. de C.V. Merida, in Mexico, where he designed hurricane proof shutters using a computer program.

Given his academic focus and internship work, Jose still finds time to involve himself in campus activities. He co-founded and presently serves as Vice President of Operations for the Association of Cuban Student Engineers at the University of Florida, where he attended as a visiting student. He also serves as board treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, at Manhattan College. Jose even serves as a mathematics tutor, passing on his knowledge to fellow STEM students.

Jose intends to pursue a career in the power systems industry. His dream is to design and implement electrical infrastructure systems, as well as more efficient and cleaner electric generation equipment. To achieve his dream, Jose plans to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and conduct research on energy conversion and renewable energy sources.

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