October 2010 Archives

USASEF Expo 2010

Hello guys,

This past weekend I was in Washington D.C helping out in one of the UML exhibits at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. This festival had more than 700 booths from schools and companies around the USA, even Mythbusters were there. I was helping out in the group called "Service through Engineering" which represents both the SLICE and the Assistive Technology Program here in school.  It was a pleasure of being part of this activity, especially because the main purpose of this festival was to increase the interested of kids and youth in science and engineering.
The mission for this festival was:

"Our mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States."

In our booth we had two projects:

1. The first one was a "Pill Maker" in which kids and also adults had the opportunity to make a dye indicator pill for the Peru Project. This pill helps people in Peru to drink bacteria-free water because the color of the water after this pill in put in it indicates whether or not the water still has any bacteria in it. At first, the pill turns the water blue and after it's been exposed under the UV rays of the sun, the water turns back to it's clear color indicating the water if safe to drink.

2. The second project was a "Voice Recognition System" in which by using only voice commands the users turn on and off either of the three items we had displaying. We had a fan, an aquarium and a lamp. People were very amazed with this project. Kids were the best, their faces were priceless when they turned the objects on and off by only using their voice. They were really excited and they couldn't believe what was happening. I will never forget their faces. They always put a smile on my face.

I had a very long weekend and we worked very hard for long hours but it was very worth it. I'm so happy I was asked to be a participant in this festival. It was an experience I'll never forget and I would be more than happy to do it again.

Here's the website in case you guys are curious to know more about it: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

See you next week!

Hello guys, 

I want to start today with a quote I found online: "College is the best time of your life". I might not be feeling this quote much today because I had a long and a very busy one and the rest of my week does not look any better... I had a test today and I thought that studying for it wasn't gonna take much time but it did.. There was a lot of material to study and I almost run out of time... At least I think I did good on it.. I wished I started studying earlier, that way I could've gone to the gym this morning and not be so stressed out all day.. But well, there's nothing I can do at this time...

Right now graduate school is not that hard but I'm getting busy with all the projects I have assigned.. They're all cool projects but they take a lot of time...The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy as well... I have reports and labs due but I also need to work on my thesis for my master's degree... And I know for a fact that I will be busy because I'm going away the next two weekends. I'll be in Washington D.C and Cincinnati, One of these trips is to represent UML in the USA Science and Engineering Fair and the other one to participate in the SHPE Conference (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), a club where I belong to since my freshmen year. 

I may not be sounding too excited about college but after all this craziness goes away I will be looking back and laugh about it. That's why I think College is the best time of your life... It's a moment in our lives where we get to share with a lot of people and learn on the every day basis..College is an experience that we will always remember...

You guys may be experiencing the same stress and frustration I feel sometime but just keep moving forward that one day you will look back and laugh about it... The idea is to look into the future and finish what we have started... 

That's all for today.. Enjoy the rest of the week and good luck with all the assignments you guys have due....

Thanks for reading! Yu guys are more than welcome to send me any comments... :)  

Hi guys, 


I just came back from my trip. Florida was awesome… not only because of the great weather but because I had so much fun and I was totally inspired afterwards. The HENAAC conference focuses on identifying, honoring and documenting the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American in science, engineering, technology and math. They are dedicated to highlight Hispanic Talent in the United States and inspire future generations. This is the third time I attend this conference and every time I come back home very motivated. The HENAAC conference was a great opportunity to meet professionals who have succeeded in the STEM field. I had the opportunity to network with professionals from companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Chevron, Ford, NASA, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and more. As well, I was able to network with other Engineering students in the United States. I met people from MIT, Penn State, Cal Pomona, and Florida International University. As a scholarship recipient by Booz Allen Hamilton I’m very thankful for the opportunity to attend the HENAAC conference and meet the Hispanic community in the STEM field.


After three days of extensive work, Great Minds in STEM gave away World Disney passes to the HENAAC attendees. This was my first time in Disney World and it was unforgettable. I always wanted to go to Magic Kingdom and meet Mickey Mouse.


I had a fun long weekend and I'm very motivated to keep working very hard because I want to be like all these people I met over the weekend and want to people to hear my story one day!


Have a nice short week… See you next week!


Going to Disney World!

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Hey Guys, 

I'm blogging earlier this week because I'm gonna be pretty busy over the next few days.. I have two exams this week, labs going on and work. I'm trying to manage my time wisely so I can accomplish everything I need to do before I go to Disney World this weekend. I'm traveling to a conference I usually go to over the Fall term. The HENAAC conference is taking place this year in Lake Buena Vista, FL in one of Disney World's resorts. 

I'm very excited for the trip because I usually enjoy them a lot. I get to meet a lot of people, have fun and this time I'm gonna try to get a job for next year when I graduate. However, I'm more excited for the fact that is going to be my first time in Disney World. I may be a little too old for this stuff but I always loved Mickey Mouse and his friends. I always thought that Disney World was a magical place and I always wanted to go... Now that I have the opportunity I'm going to enjoy it too the fullest and take advantage of both the conference and the place. 

Next week when I get back I will tell you guys how was my experience in Disney World.. I'm really looking forward to it.... 

Have a nice week!!!

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