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Volunteer Spotlight: Mariajose Figueroa- Future Computational Data Science Engineering

24-Apr-2019 2:24 AM | Melanie Boyer (Administrator)

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Mariajose Figueroa

2 Semesters, 6 Ongoing Roles, 5 Organizations, 3 Conferences, 3 Scholarships and ONE INSPIRATIONAL LATINA!

Mariajose Figueroa is a Colombian/Honduran,Pittsburgh Native. This Penn State (Main) student was accepted in to the Engineering program as an incoming freshman.


Why did you choose this career path? I chose to study Computational Data Science Engineering because of my interest in computer science and artificial intelligence. Throughout High School I learned Java, HTML and later Python. With these skills and my knowledge for math and science I knew that this field was the perfect fit for me.


What is your dream job? My dream job is to one day be a Data Scientist. I want to hold a position where I would be responsible for interpreting large amounts of data using statistics, and machine learning to collect, organize and clean through data.


What is your Hispanic background? Colombian (mothers side) Honduran (fathers side)


How did you get involved with the Chamber? I started volunteering for PMAHCC my freshman year of High School, my first event being the Gala in the fall. I loved being around people from different countries around the world and listening to everyones incredible story. I later got my sisters involved and made it a fun thing that I liked to do with them.


What motivates you? Every time I learn something new and find a way to apply that knowledge I feel motivated to keep learning, and acquiring new skills to become better student, thinker, and future engineer.


Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see my future self having a job where I love doing what I do possibly with a family.


Tell us about a cultural experience you have had/ What is your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is studying abroad in Colombia when I was younger. I was very fortunate to be given this opportunity at a very young age. It opened my eyes to a new culture and outlook on life. I learned how to speak the language, more about my background, and family.


What do you like about volunteering for PMAHCC? Every time I volunteer for PMAHCC I love how every event feels like a family/friend gathering where people come together to catch up while meeting new people and have a nice time.


What do you like to do if your downtime? In my downtime at Penn State I like to take advantage of all the resources given to me. I go to the gym, sporting events, and I am involved in many of the clubs and organization around campus. I am the Treasurer of the first STEM sorority on campus that I am in the process of building and a Chair for the Society o Hispanic Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. I will also be a SWAT(Sophomore Women Ambassador Team) Envoy next year in the College of Engineering.


Tell us one interesting thing about you: I thought I’d never be interested in being an engineer. My father is a Mechanical Engineer so I always thought I had to find what I loved and wanted to study and for some reason I never thought it would be the same as his. I guess it’s in our blood.


Scholarships:

-Bunton Waller Merit Award Scholarship

-Engineering Scholarship(Spring 2019)

-Society of Women Engineers Scholarship-“Most Active Member”


Awards:

-Society of Women Engineers Award for Social Media Chair

- Society of Women Engineers Award for SWE Benefitting THON

- Society of Women Engineers Award for Most Active Member

(Given to me on April 14,2019)


Positions:

-Teaching Assistant and Grader for Computer Science course

-Freshman Representative Chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

-Social Media Chair for the Society of Women Engineers

-Director of Communication for the Society of Women Engineers (elect August 2019/May 2020)

-Sophomore Women Ambassador Team Envoy (fall 2019-spring 2020)

^ambassador for the college of engineering


Member

-Collegiate and National member of the Society of Women Engineers

-Collegiate and National member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

-Member of Women Engineering Program

-Participant of Women Engineering Program Orientation

- Member of Society of Women Engineers Benefitting THON


Conferences:

-Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference

(Cleveland, Ohio)

-Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Regional Leadership Conference (Washington D.C.)

-Society of Women Engineers Local Conference (Baltimore, Maryland)


Connect with Mariajose on LinkedIn

Email Mariajose: mjf6007@psu.edu


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