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Eric Anyanwu

Eric Anywu

Hometown
Dallas, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

High School Attended:
High School for Health Professions

Why does engineering excite you?

The idea of creating new technology to help certain aspects of society.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

My favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering is the resources and various labs that are available to the students.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I would like to conduct research pertaining to heat transfer of nanoparticles and creating more energy efficient machinery.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

The Iron Man suit….why you might ask? …..It’s the Iron Man suit….why not?

Calum Fletcher

Calum Fletcher

Hometown
Colleyville, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical Engineering Technology

High School Attended:
Colleyville Heritage High School

Why does engineering excite you?

It gives me the opportunity to help be a part of designing things that have an impact on people’s lives. It is so exciting seeing something that you have worked on yourself be realized. It also allows me to do problem solving in the world on things that have never been achieved before.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

How available the teachers are and how they have an emphasis on doing hands on work. Also all the opportunities to get involved through the various organizations and classes.

What would you like to do after graduation?

Find a job doing something that I can really be proud to be a part of.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

Something that made unlimited clean renewable energy.

Holly Gage

Holly Gage

Hometown
Pampa, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

High School Attended:
Pampa High School

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering excites me because I get to be creative and see my ideas become a reality.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

My favorite part about UNT’s College of Engineering is the faculty. They are eager to help students any way they can.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I would like to get a Master's degree in aerospace engineering and work with aircraft design.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I would design a fully functioning ‘Tumbler’ (or batmobile) from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It would include the ‘Batpod’ made up from the front and back wheels on the drivers’ side of the vehicle, and could eject itself from the ‘tumbler,’ becoming its own independent vehicle.

Jeremy Gonzales

Jeremy Gonzales

Hometown

Major(s)

Minor(s)

High School Attended:

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering allows you to create anything you can envision. More specifically computer engineering excites me because every other type of science works within the world as it is. For example, the physicist’s job is to understand how the world works, but not to invent a world in which physics laws would be simpler. On the other hand, computer scientists must create abstractions of real-world problems that computer users can understand and, at the same time, a computer can recognize and manipulate.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

The friendly students, the knowledgeable TAs, and the prestigious professors that flood this campus are great resources if you want to learn about anything. You can really connect to a great group of people and find your niche here.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I plan to become a Hardware Engineer and return for my Masters in Business in order for it to correlate well in creating my own technology start-up in the future.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I don’t have a specific product in mind, but my goal is to eventually have hardware in space, in the sky, and on land.

Ariel Jackson

Ariel Jacson

Hometown
Killeen, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

High School Attended:
Killeen High School

Why does engineering excite you?

To know that I am a minority (female) in a field that can change the way we live our lives and better the planet for our children to live in.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

My favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering is the advanced technology available to students and the open door policy the faculty and staff embrace.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I am looking to pursue my career in the automotive or alternative energy industry.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

It would be a homeless shelter that gives people a second chance on life. The facility would be fully functioned off of alternative clean energy sources.

Kimberly Krueger

Kimberly Krueger

Hometown
Justin, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Minor(s)
Materials Science

High School Attended:
Northwest High School (NISD)

Why does engineering excite you?

When I was younger, I was one of those inquisitive little kids who wanted to know what everything was and why it worked that way. I’ve always enjoyed working with my dad on odd jobs on my mom’s honey-do list, and have learned the value of hard work. I am a maker at heart, and have found myself most satisfied after completing a task where I have something tangible to display as the product of my labor. Engineering is so exciting to me because as an engineer, I can take my ideas and see them through until they are made a reality.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

I love how accessible the Professors and TA’s are here. My classes are small; they know me by name; and when I have a question, they’re always available to talk it out. The experience that they’ve had in the field and through their research has been priceless in my search for what I want to be when I grow up.

What would you like to do after graduation?

Honestly I’m still discovering all of the possibilities of what I can be when I grow up! I think that 3D printing is fascinating, especially the advancements this manufacturing method has produced in the medical field. I would love to get involved in the research that is happening in that neck of the woods because it’s so easy to see how that technology directly benefits people in need, which ultimately is what I want to spend my time doing after graduation.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I have so many dream projects, but to design K-9 (robot dog from Doctor Who) would be pretty awesome. He’s an intelligent companion robot with all sorts of cool applications, and some of the best characteristics of man’s best friend. (R2-D2 and the Star Trek replicator are also way up there!)

Oscar Medina

Oscar Medina

Hometown
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Major(s)
Electrical Engineering

Minor(s)
Mathematics

High School Attended:
Instituto Tecnologico Americano

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering excites me mainly because I can use my imagination to come up with ideas and then make them real using the skills that I learned in college. Also, engineering helps me to understand how things work and use that knowledge to design other things.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

My favorite part about the College of Engineering is that it has the best computers, software, and the best internet in all UNT.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I have recently graduated from UNT, but currently, my goal is to finish my master’s in Electrical Engineering and get a job at any aircraft manufacturing and development company.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I would definitely design a teleportation device that will allow me to be in anywhere I want.

Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno

Hometown
Pachuca, Hidalgo

Major(s)
Computer Engineering

High School Attended
Colegio Jorge Berganza y de la Torre

Why does engineering excite you?

The exciting part about engineering is the role it plays in making our lives easier. Engineering allows us to develop things that 20 years ago may have been considered science fiction. Through engineering we have obtained things such as videogames, rollercoasters, prosthesis, electricity through wind mills, and many other inventions. Engineering turns the impossible into reality. Live long and prosper.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

In addition to a faculty that is very approachable and always challenging you to think outside the box, my favorite part about the College of Engineering is that every department has a laboratory that is equipped with technologies that are fundamental towards developing your engineering skills. Bazinga.

What would you like to do after graduation?

Upon graduating, I would like to work for a company that allows me to use my engineering skills to help improve the quality of life of people in many third-world countries. It is nice to see that nowadays companies are taking their Corporate Social Responsibility more seriously. With great power comes great responsibility.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

Since designing warp speed could take forever, I would like to design technologies that help reduce the amount of natural resources we consume. For instance, I would like to design a technology that allows us to reuse water that we use to wash our hands or dishes into water that we can use to water our lawns or flush our toilets. I think we can accomplish great things if we ask ourselves everyday what we can do to conserve our planet’s resources. Peace and love.

Marina Nishimura

Marina Nishimura

Hometown
Gainesville, TX

Major(s)
Electrical Engineering

Minor(s)
Mathematics

High School Attended:
Gainesville High School

Why does engineering excite you?

I am most excited about the opportunity to creatively and uniquely design and improve upon systems to help people and fill their needs.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

I think it is so amazing and unique how the College of Engineering really takes into consideration the feedback given by students. The programs change year to year to better serve the students and prepare them for industry.

What would you like to do after graduation?

I would like to work in control systems and/or with robotics.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

Iron Man’s suit, complete with J.A.R.V.I.S. and the arc reactor.

Sarah Pena

Sarah Pena

Hometown
Sachse, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Minor(s)
Business and Mathematics

High School(s) Attended:
Sachse High School

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering excites me because it's a promise to making a difference in the world. It's not just a career, it is a tangible way to make the world a better place.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

In addition to a faculty that is very approachable and always challenging you to think outside the box, my favorite part about the College of Engineering is that every department has a laboratory that is equipped with technologies that are fundamental towards developing your engineering skills. Bazinga.

After graduation, I hope to be working with an renewable energy company and traveling the world in hopes of finding out how to improve our air or water quality. I want to be a part of something that is good for the planet. I hope to design world changing systems and lead changes in the way businesses relate to their environments.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I would design a solar-powered car. Transportation is a key to the modern world and the economy is closely reflective of its cost. Designing vehicles relying on solar energy could make American products more competitive and lower our country's reliance on foreign owned sources.

Alex Reese

Alex

Hometown
Wylie, TX

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

High School Attended:
Wylie High School

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering excites me because my imagination is the limit. All great machines started with an idea that evolved through engineering.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

My favorite part about the College of Engineering is how the faculty encourages students to be free-thinkers and individulism.

What would you like to do after graduation?

After graduation I would like to be part of a team that is working towards prosthetics with full mobility and control.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

If I could design anything it would hands down be a prosthetic ankle and foot. One that would not only allow basic functions like walking or running but could also support jumping and other complex movements.

Travis Rigsby

Travis Rigsby

Hometown
Midlothian, TX

High School Attended:
Midlothian High School

Major(s)
Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Why does engineering excite you?

Everything you see, hear, taste, smell and touch has a creator that has purposefully designed it. To be an Engineer is to understand and be involved in every aspect of this creation. It is very exciting to me to explore the science and application of Earth’s resources. I feel very privileged to be able to study the field of engineering at the University of North Texas.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

I believe the staff and faculty of UNT’s College of Engineering is superior to many well-known universities. My personal time spent with the many of the engineering professors is always fresh and enlightening. They provide clear responses to help my understanding while introducing new perspective on traditional textbook problems. I appreciate the atmosphere at Discovery Park. I also believe the overall staff is very “professional” and is the cause of many “professional” students. I like to think Discovery Park as a greenhouse, growing choice engineers for today’s issues.

What would you like to do after graduation?

There are three possible things I would like to do after graduation; continue in a masters or doctorate program, attend the Full Time Training in Anaheim CA (FTTA) for two years, or work full time.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I’m not sure yet.

Sandra Ruiz

Sandra Ruiz

Hometown
Joaquin, TX

Major(s)
Materials Science and Engineering

Minor(s)
Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

High School Attended:
Joaquin High School

Why does engineering excite you?

Engineering means inventing. It means enlightening; it means bettering. Five-year-old me had no idea what she wanted to be. Teenage me went through dream jobs like she went through emotions - architect, mathematician, pilot, anesthesiologist, nuclear physicist, astronaut, geologist, lawyer, the works. I still want to be all of these. As an engineer, I can be.

What is your favorite part about the UNT College of Engineering?

I would definitely have to say the diversity. You can board a bus headed to Discovery Park or walk into a classroom and literally hear up to 5 different languages being spoken. Our unique backgrounds grant us extraordinary views on the world, but we all share the engineering spark.

What would you like to do after graduation?

Grad school is an option, definitely. Getting started with a career sounds really good as well. Just taking it in one day at a time right now, lest stress concentration overwhelms my brain's safety factor assigned according to its cross-sectional area and the load of all the knowledge I have to diges--
Or something like that.

If you could design anything, what would it be?

I really desire to contribute my little piece expanding the human race across the known horizons; maybe something like the next-generation space suit, or deep-sea exploration habit. Archimedes once said something along the lines of, "Give me a lever - I'll move the world." I want to be the one to make Archimedes' lever.

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