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Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month

Aldo I. Sosa
CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar
Dallas, Texas
B.S., Electrical Engineering 
Texas A&M University              

Howdy! My name is Aldo Sosa, an electrical engineering major from Dallas, Texas, but more importantly I am a loud and proud member of the Fightn’ Texas Aggie Class of 2017! My first semester in college just ended, and I am amazed at how much I have learned and grown during my time at Texas A&M University.

The classes I took during this past semester included the standard introductory engineering courses – calculus, physics, and introduction to engineering. Although all of these courses were difficult, they were also manageable and I was able to complete the semester with a GPA of 3.4. Yet as much as I learned academically, I feel the experience I have acquired outside the classroom is even greater.

About four weeks into school, I was invited to participate in an undergraduate research project under the department of nuclear engineering. The purpose of the project, named Zero Gravity Mass Inventory Gauge System (ZGMIGS), is to develop a system capable of measuring and locating liquids within containers in reduced gravity environments. The prototype we are developing to test this concept uses LED lights and photo-resistors in opposing sides of a transparent container, using the photo-resistors to detect fluctuations in lighting due to light being blocked by liquid within the container. Two weeks ago NASA replied to the proposal submitted to the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. It has been accepted and we have been given the opportunity to test our experiment in a microgravity environment aboard the Zero G aircraft in the summer of 2014.

More recently I became involved with a second engineering project by joining the Chem-E-Car competition team. The project consists of designing a small vehicle to travel a given distance, which is announced only moments before the competition. As the name implies, the majority of the team members are chemical engineering majors, and are in charge of constructing the battery and designing the timing mechanism. Yet students from other engineering disciplines, primarily mechanical and electrical, are also part of the team and are responsible for the construction of the vehicle itself and the design of the electrical circuitry controlling the vehicle.

Through these projects I have experienced firsthand the application of engineering concepts. During this last semester I have learned how to make a blog, program in C++, program a microcontroller, and have gained experience in project management. Both of these will continue into the spring semester, and I am excited of what is to come.

On a different note, I see my time in college as a chance to try those things I always wanted to do but just never quite got around to. I am learning how to play the guitar and piano, and am considering getting a piloting license while in college. I have also become much closer with church, I have made many friends there and will be helping at a retreat during next fall. I believe I have grown during my time in college thus far, and am looking forward to the remaining three years.

Past Scholar of the Month

Mariam G. Lopez - August 2015 Scholar of the Month
Daniela Carbajal - July 2015 Scholar of the Month
Beverly Apodaca - May 2015 Scholar of the Month
Edwin Hurtado - April 2015 Scholar of the Month
David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month
Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month
Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010