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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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Tamara Cottam

University of Alabama, Huntsville

Aerospace Engineering

“I started to grow an interest in space when my mom would take me outside and teach me about the night sky. I became greatly interested in the technologies man designed to utilize and study space. This led me to the easy decision to major in aerospace engineering.”

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Brian Wybrecht

Michigan State University, East Lansing

Civil Engineering

“As a young kid, I would spend hours playing with Legos. I loved having thousands of them at my disposal to design whatever I could dream up. In fifth grade, I was assigned a project to write about where I saw myself in 20 years. I explained to my teacher that I enjoyed playing with Legos, and she said that I should consider engineering.”

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Isabel Anderson

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.

Naval Engineering & Maritime Systems

“I grew up learning how to sail with Sea Scouts, and from those experiences, fell in love with boats. Since I decided I wanted to learn how to design and build boats, the study of naval engineering was the perfect path for me, and I hope to be around water for the rest of my life.”

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