HSF Scholar, EDGE Fellow (Stanford), GEM Fellow, Latina, engineer, blogger
I was born in a relatively small city in Western Colorado. Here, I grew a deep respect for nature. In high school, I took AP calculus my junior year, and AP physics my senior year. I fell in love with physics and math and decided to pursue my bachelor’s degree in physics at William Jewell College and chemical engineering at Columbia University. In September 2020, I will be starting my PhD at my dream school, Stanford University, with full funding.
Of course I will talk about my family in my bio because I value them. My parents are immigrants from Mexico, and I think very highly of them. I thank them for teaching me two languages and instilling in me the importance of education. My family has supported me throughout my time in college both financially and emotionally. I am indebted to them; I am especially thankful to my brothers for their support and for setting an example of doing what it takes to get what you want.
Growing up as a low-income student, the struggles were as real as it gets. I would spend a lot of time using the computers at the public library to do research. I wasn’t planning on attending college, but it was my HS physics professor that inspired me. All he said was something along the lines of, “Daniela, you are really good at physics. You would be a great engineer.” That was all I needed. Someone to believe in my capabilities.
I would love to be a mentor for someone, so if you know any student that is facing similar struggles, please reach out!
Some people realize their passions in high school, others in college, and others much later. I developed mine in college and am still figuring it out. My goal is to create technologies that will benefit both the environment and society. I plan on using my skills to work on research that will be implemented in the industry. Eventually, I would love to be a leader, but that goal is still loading.