Scholar of the Week

Luis Silva      
University of California Merced

Luis Silva is a rising senior at the University of California, Merced, where he is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Luis is a 2014-15 HENAAC Scholar, and a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Oracle.

Luis is characterized by his peers and faculty as a well-rounded aptitude for learning. He has a good rapport with people and makes interaction enjoyable.

His good-natured character is a great asset as a math tutor at the UC Merced Bright Success Center where he tutors pre-calculus and calculus. He has also interned with Energy Service Corp in their education department, where he educated K-12 students about energy efficiency at different schools. Prior to then, he conducted a summer internship in a biochemistry laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. His research project focused on developing biodiesel from algae oil.

The engineering program has pushed Luis’ work ethic to its limits, challenged him to tweak his way of thinking countless times, and has rewarded him with various positions to grow as a leader and make his presence felt at UC Merced. Due to his strong work ethic, he was recognized on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Honor List in the past three semesters. He was recently accepted into the UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees) program, which will prepare him for graduate school.

Outside of school, he has volunteered at the Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital and held various leadership positions. Among these positions included Theta Tau Pledge Class President and Technology Chairman; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Regional Committee Representative, and mentor in the UC Merced Police Mentor Program, where he mentored fourth graders who were at risk of engaging in a street gang lifestyle.

Luis’ career goals are to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to obtain a doctorate in computational science and engineering. Afterwards he plans to go into the Research and Development (R&D) department of NVIDIA.

In his spare time, Luis is a dancer and a dance choreographer for the school’s dance club.

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