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Written by: A. Vargas Spark Specialist UNT Senior Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Hi, my name is Alex. I am a senior at The University of North Texas majoring in Mechanical and Energy Engineering and minoring in Math. Even though I have just recently started working at the Spark, I feel welcomed by all the staff, and it has been a joy being here. Working with all the equipment at the Spark is something I look forward to every day because of our wide collection.

Besides studying for classes and working, I am also in an engineering organization called the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. My organization has helped me get ready for interviews, edit my resume, and talk to different engineering companies. Besides that, I also help tutor others in math or mentor them to help them grow professionally. In addition, we also play a variety of sports. I play soccer, tennis, softball, but my favorite sport of all is volleyball.

Outside of school, I like to go play games with my roommate, Mike, and hang out on our balcony. Our conversations focus from philosophical discussions to talking about the wonders of space to the biology of humans to the infinite possibilities ahead of us. If I’m not hanging out with him, I go out to explore the outdoors by hiking or going kayaking.

I’m glad I came to work here at the Spark, having a job on campus and with some great coworkers. I have also learned a lot of new things since working here has exposed me to different types of knowledge. Like sewing, embroidery, Cricut, CNC, laser cutting, blender, and even building a couple of robots just to name a couple of things. Lastly, one of my current projects is building and programming a robot. The purpose of this project is to make it functional. Eventually, once the robot is in full function, it will then be used to teach high schoolers how to build and program their own robot to do various things.

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