Scholar of the Week



Leonardo Frem      
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo




Leonardo is a 2012 HENAAC-Northrop Grumman Corporation scholarship recipient.

Leonardo Frem is in his junior year at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), majoring in electrical engineering. He transferred from San Diego City College where he was on the Dean’s List and awarded the MESA Student of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

At Cal Poly, Leonardo is an active member of the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). To participate in the program, students must enroll in an orientation course where they are required to attend on-campus professional and academic activities, such as professional club meetings and seminars. Leonardo took advantage of any opportunity presented to him, exceeding course requirements. He showed not only efficiency in completing required tasks, but also a personal drive to learn and grow as a student and as a professional. His academic abilities have been well recognized, as he is one of the few recipients of the MESA National Science Foundation Scholarship.

Leonardo is actively involved on campus. Through MEP, Leonardo shares his passion for engineering by participating in outreach events, working with children to promote STEM by running fun and innovative engineering projects and being a part of student panels. Leonardo is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and was part of a team that competed to build and program a robot car capable of self-navigation. Leonardo produced a concept never before conceived in the history of the IEEE chapter, and using his idea, the final test times for the team’s car received first place in the competition and set a chapter record.

Leonardo’s current goal is to graduate from Cal Poly with a master’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on sensorial prosthetics. With this knowledge, he plans on aiding people with disabilities to provide them a higher quality of life.



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