2016 Top 10 Seniors Announced
ESMERALDA TREVIÑO | May 9, 2016 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
As Spring Commencement approaches and another semester draws to a close, The University of Texas at El Paso Alumni Association presents the Top 10 Seniors award. The award is given annually to UTEP's most promising future alumni as they prepare to go out and pursue their careers. The award reflects the true spirit of what it means to be an outstanding Miner.
"The UTEP Alumni Association is proud to announce this year's Top 10 Seniors who, once again, demonstrate their tremendous accomplishments at UTEP," said Richard Daniel, Ph.D. associate vice president for university advancement and executive director for alumni relations. "These Top 10 Seniors enter the next phase of their lives prepared to create success, and we expect that they will do greater things as alumni of UTEP."
The Top 10 Seniors for 2016 were selected based on a combination of academic achievement, involvement, leadership and service both in the community and on campus, as well as the impression they made on others during their time at UTEP. Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and be receiving their first undergraduate degree within the current academic year.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Future plans: Medical school at Boston University
Roya Edalatpour partook in internships with companies including Exxon Mobil and General Electric Aviation throughout the summers of her undergraduate career. Applying the knowledge she learned in the classroom to the professional setting took her to the White House Tech Inclusion Summit, where she discussed underrepresented youth in the technology sector. She is taking classes at Boston University for a year in residence to prepare herself for a graduate career in the medical field.
Paulina Almada Felix
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Future plans: Career as a mechanical engineer
An active member of several engineering organizations, Paulina Felix has been a dedicated leader throughout her undergraduate career. Volunteering for Project MOVE and the Baja SAE Competition through UTEP, Felix has accumulated several hours of volunteer work and community service. The aspiring mechanical engineer plans to "use her knowledge to contribute to the creation of new, more efficient products that will positively impact today's society."
Major: Industrial Engineering
Future plans: Master's degree in systems engineering
"The many doors that UTEP has opened for me throughout my years as an undergraduate have allowed me to expand my knowledge in various subjects," Ileana Rubio said. After her first year at UTEP, Rubio decided to become more involved in the University and take advantage of the opportunities that were available to her. Interning at Lockheed Martin and leading the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as president only scratch the surface of the activities and organizations in which she has participated.
To view the complete 2016 Top 10 Seniors list, please view the announcement from University Communications.