Scholar of the Week

Valerie Valero      
Texas A&M University

Valerie Valero, a civil engineering graduate student at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) is a recipient of the 2012 HENAAC-Najera Consulting Group Scholarship.

Valerie received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and architectural engineering from TAMUK, where she worked hard to maintain her academics above par while balancing two part-time times and honing her leadership skills. A part-time Vision Center consultant at Wal-Mart, Valerie used that energy to motivate her to not only finish her degree, but to eventually obtain a part-time job as an engineering technician with the City of Kingsville. In this position, she worked on several project proposing plans for drainage, sewer lines, and waterlines. Working with the City of Kingsville has provided the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the residents of Kingsville and improve the conditions of the municipality. This job opened her eyes to the real world of civil engineering and set her on a course to further her education as a graduate student to become a City Engineer.

Giving back to the community has always been important to Valerie. This mindset, helped her aspire to president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) presented the opportunity to give back to students by providing resources for professional development, a skill set not often learned in the classroom. Valerie’s leadership carried over into her academic department. She helped lead her senior design team win the Overall Best Structural Design Project Award and helped organize student input for her department’s ABET engineering accreditation. In her senior year, Valerie was awarded the Distinguished Overall Architectural Student.

Valerie looks to continue to challenge herself through her graduate education and look for additional opportunities to give back to her community.

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