Scholar of the Week

Paulina Almada      
University of Texas at El Paso

Paulina Almada, a mechanical engineering senior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a perfect 4.0 student! She is a member of the UTEP Honors Program, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and was on the College of Engineering Dean’s List for the Fall of 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013.

She is a 2014 HENAAC/Cummins, Inc. scholarship recipient. As a HENAAC/Cummins, Inc. scholarship recipient, she was also selected to participate in a Cummins internship.

In the classroom Paulina consistently demonstrates her eagerness to learn and contribute to the classroom learning environment with timely critical inquiry and outstanding peer leadership. Her high quality math assignments, attention to detail, innovative problem solving and high examination scores are testimony to her pursuit of excellence.

Paulina is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) where has served as president, and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES). Through her membership in these organizations, she has become involved with her community by introducing students to the exciting possible STEM careers and encouraging them to complete their college education. She has been actively involved in the El Paso Catholic Diocesan Science Fair, the St. Pius Science Fair, the MAES Science Extravaganza, which serves 600 middle school students participated in an exciting day of exhibits, hands-on activities and motivational presentations, UTEP Project Move, the Gear-Up Program as a high school tutor for physics and mathematics, and the Race for the Cure.

Already trilingual in Spanish, English, and French, Paulina will expand her international experience by completing a study abroad program in Sweden this academic year. A member of Miners Going Global, she will have the opportunity to work with other study abroad students to learn and share information about other cultures and countries.

Paulina’s inspiration is her mother. Her strength and ability to always move forward in search of providing the best for her family has always inspired Paulina to give her best. Her mom’s words - El que da, recibe – continue to resonate in Paulina’s aspiration to become a professional engineer. She hopes to use her knowledge and skills to design and engineer innovative machines and, creating more efficient products and technologies that contribute to the welfare of others.

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