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Lonnie T. Parker, IV


Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Electrical & Computer Engineering

“After an introductory summer engineering program at Georgia Tech my junior year of high school, I knew engineering would be my major. My academic path has been very diverse…It was not until I considered graduate school and my current work designing intelligent robotic surveyor systems for unexplored terrain that a special, lasting interest was formed.”

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Ebone Pierce


Dillard University, New Orleans, La.

Mechanical Engineering & Physics

“I really chose to become a mechanical engineer because I love to build and create things that will benefit others. I love to help people, and to see a smile on their faces is when I feel most accomplished.”

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Nicholas Silva


Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Electrical Engineering

“After my father taught me the mechanical ins and outs of my first car, I took it upon myself to study the electrical system. I developed an interest in car stereos, and before I knew it, I was designing speaker boxes and upgrading my vehicle’s electrical backbone. The fact that I could use my car’s engine to spin a pulley on an alternator and generate current really pushed me towards the study of electrical power.”

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Jaclyn Mathis


Parkland College-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Materials Science & Engineering

“Even at a young age, I was interested in mathematics and science. Math and science have revolutionized the world we live in today and always will with the new technology that is constantly being invented. I want to be a part of it because it is fascinating to build something from nothing, especially when the end result can benefit other people.”

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Carlos Manuel Torres, Jr.


University of California, Los Angeles

Electrical Engineering

“I grew up playing video-games and watching science-fiction movies. I would remember all the cool, futuristic technology I would use in these games, and I realized that I wanted to study how to someday make something that ‘fake’ into reality.”

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