Harvey Vazquez, Mechanical Engineering

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) – East Los Angeles College, California

Winston Churchill once said, “To be great is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” I’m a student who searches for new experiences to enhance my horizon.

I’m studying mechanical engineering with a second major in physics and astronomy at California State University, Long Beach. Some of my interests include nanotechnologies, programming, design and mathematics.

As a chemistry, math and physics tutor at LACCD, some of my tasks included developing lectures for professors, helping students build rockets, and helping them program and build their own robots.

I’ve worked in the Zettl Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where I developed a method to purify using synthesized boron nitride nanotubes. I also worked at The Impact Group at Cal State, Long Beach, where I studied rigid polyurethane foam in quasi-static and dynamic environments.

I believe that being task-oriented, innovative and reliable are at the core of my work ethic. I’m no stranger to fields outside of science, having spent more than 10 years as a merchant in my family’s business.