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Valdez Echeverria, Jose

Valdez, Jose
Mechanical Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

For my first year, I would like to focus on research. I have always been interested in getting involved with research here in UMD where there are so many teams conducting cutting-edge research in the field of engineering. To be a part of that would truly make for an awesome experience as an undergrad and hopefully it could give me a clearer idea of what I want to do in the future.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

For my second year, I would like to be involved with the entrepreneurial aspect of RISE. Over the past two years, I have been a part of various leadership positions and I hope to apply what I've learned in those positions to something like starting a company.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (Treasurer)
  • Alpha Phi Omega (Member)
  • College Park Scholars Cup (Former President)
What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Last summer I interned at Baltimore Gas and Electric, where I was able to go on "ride-alongs" with gas mechanics who respond to odor calls throughout the greater Baltimore area. It was fascinating being on the front lines and interacting directly with customers in potentially extremely dangerous situations. I also spent time shadowing various departments within the utility, such as Energy Efficiency department, which deals with long term future projects like the expansion of renewables, electric vehicle testing, and efficiency goals.