Scholar of the Week

Leticia Santana      

Leticia Santana, a senior electrical engineering student at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) is the 2012 HENAAC-Jose Silva Memorial Scholarship recipient.

This scholarship, sponsored by Raytheon Company, is awarded annually to an outstanding engineering student to commemorate the legacy of Mr. Silva. For 25 years, Jose had a successful engineering career at Raytheon, before being tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident, on his way home from attending a football game at his alma mater, Cathedral High School.

A resourceful, mature, intelligent, and focused student, Leticia has been able to manage her time well given the course load she has taken over the past years. Since her freshman year, Leticia has made the Dean’s List every quarter and has earned the recognition of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Tau Beta Pi is the nation's second-oldest honor society and the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession.

She is not only dedicated to her academics but also committed to giving back to the community. Leticia has participated in the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Day, the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology (ECST) Open House/Boeing Day, the ECST Leadership Convocation and Raytheon’s Shadow and Engineer Day. She tutors students in various subjects at the CSULA Tutoring Center, and she is an active member of student organizations including the Society of Hispanic Engineering and Science Students and Engineers Without Borders. Her participation in the MESA Engineering Program has not only motivated her to excel academically and professionally, but also encouraged her to take advantage of the resources CSULA has available.

Leticia Santana is a great role model to her peers as well as to middle school and high school students. She aspires to serve the community by innovating advanced technologies which will bring about positive change to her community. In particular, her intended goal is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of solar power technologies for the betterment of the environment and environmental policy.

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