Texas A&M University (2016 – 2018)

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BTD XII Student Biographies

Alejandra Torres-Marrero

Alejandra Torres-Marrero

Ph.D. - Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Texas A&M University
BS Chemistry at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Career Goals - "My goal is to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills while pursuing a doctoral degree to provide a meaningful advancement in the crop improvement field."
Asenath Francis

Asenath Francis

Ph.D. - Chemistry, Texas A&M University
BS Chemistry at Louisiana State University
Career Goals - "My primary goals is to conduct research in nanoscience and technology and to teach at the university level. As a research professor, I will also teach and encourage students, especially young African American women, to engage in chemical research. It is important to promote diversity at the university level in the science fields and I want to be a part of the movement that diversifies chemistry. "

Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Electrical Engineering at University of Massachusetts Boston
Career Goals - "To become a knowledgeable scientist and engineer so I can make an impactful contribution in my field."
Felipe Beltran

Felipe Beltran

Ph.D. - Material Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Chemical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University
Career Goals - "After completing my graduate studies at Texas A&M, I wish to continue research in bio-material/tissue engineering to improve current techniques and develop future technologies."
Glendimar Molero

Glendimar Molero

Ph.D. - Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Career Goals - "To constantly grow professionally and personally as I pursue a graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering. To always improve and challenge myself in every aspect of my life and to be a role model for next generations of young Hispanic females"
Jaileen Rivera Rodríguez

Jaileen Rivera Rodríguez

MS - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
BS Wildlife Management at University of Puerto Rico - Humacao
Career Goals - "I am generally interested in conservation biology, endangered species ecology, biodiversity assessment and protected areas management in the tropics. Once I finish my masters degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, I want to get a PhD degree with a focus on tropical diseases. In the future I would like to work as a part of government conservation agencies."
Jon Paul Elizondo

Jon Paul Elizondo

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University College Station
Career Goals - "I hope to join academia and become an outstanding teacher, mentor, and researcher."
Joshua Prince Ebin

Joshua Prince Ebin

MS - Petroleum & Energy Resource Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology
Career Goals - "My long term goal after graduate school and years of industry experience is to develop an energy development firm to cater for the energy needs of people in the developing world while being a team player for advancing technology in the energy industry. I would like to pursue a PhD in Energy Resource Engineering as a technical platform to figure out how to innovatively integrate various energy sources including petroleum and renewable energy. I hope to partner with entrepreneurs, corporations, academic and industry professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds to achieve efficient energy integration and to find the energy balance around a stable, comfortable, and environmentally responsible energy future."
Matthew Martinez

Matthew Martinez

MS - Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "I‘d like to have a career in research in either desalination or energy transformation and eventually run my own design firm. As an end-of-career move I’d like to become a professor so I can perform research as well as teach."
Michael Lee Salinas

Michael Lee Salinas

Ph.D. - Nutrition, Texas A&M University
BS Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "There is continuous research and discoveries being made on nutritional sciences and its contribution not only to health and well-being, but also to potential alternative treatments and its combinatorial therapeutic effects. My long term goal is to be able to teach and conduct research at a medical education institution. I hope to contribute to the ongoing research and provide novel information that will promote utilizing nutrition as a preventive medicine."
Ricardo Perez

Ricardo Perez

Ph.D. - Biology, Texas A&M University
BS Biochemistry at Texas A&M University
Career Goals - "My goal after completing the doctorate program is to be in a position where I could coordinate academic, industrial, and government organizations in order to accelerate research and research product deployment using informatics. "
Tokunbo Falohun

Tokunbo Falohun

MS - Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
BS Bioengineering at University of Maryland College Park
Career Goals - "Our healthcare system is unstable because current medical solutions to health problems are expensive and, in many cases, ineffective. My career goal is to design cost effective biomedical devices that incorporate the use of biomaterials for drug delivery."