Scholar of the Week

Michael Fernandez      
Temple University

Michael is a 2012 HENAAC-NASA Johnson Space Center scholarship recipient.

Michael Fernandez is in his senior year at Temple University where he is in the Honors Program. He is majoring in electrical engineering with a computer concentration.

Michael is described as having a strong aptitude for engineering. He is an excellent student in all of his courses and displays a great interest in a variety of engineering issues. Michael routinely participates in special projects related to his courses and is highly respected by all of his instructors. In 2011 he completed a very successful internship with Lutron, a local Pennsylvania company that works closely with Temple University. Lutron is a highly selective engineering company that hires less than ten percent of the students they interview. To be selected for a summer internship is a phenomenal accomplishment in itself.

What makes Michael special is his commitment to professional development. As an underclassman, he was elected president of the Temple University Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a first in their Department. Students normally spend several years working their way up the chain, however as a take-charge type person Michael quickly established himself as a leader. Under his leadership, IEEE has initiated a series of hands-on laboratories that have been well attended by the undergraduate students and have become an integral part of their education. Students from across the College of Engineering attend these events. The skills they learn prepare them for their upper level engineering courses and laboratories. For many of these students, this is the first time they have done hands-on work not related to their coursework.

Michael is also a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Engineering class. Along with other teaching assistants, Michael introduces students to all of the possible engineering fields. As a result of designing the labs for this class, he has developed various low-cost technical projects that serve to pique students’ interest even when they have no technical background. Michael is an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and through his involvement is working with a local high school to have the chapter members demonstrate some of these projects to their students.

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