Emilio Torres – Outstanding Graduate
B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering
Graduated from North Star Charter High School in Phoenix, Arizona
Emilio Torres’s undergraduate education was supported by the M.M. Lowry Memorial Scholarship, the W.L. Gore Undergraduate Scholarship, the W.L. Gore 4+1 Applied Project Scholarship and the Veterans of Foreign War’s Help a Hero Scholarship. He is looking forward to completing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at ASU.
What has been most rewarding about your undergraduate years at ASU? What has been most challenging?
The most rewarding part of being an engineering student is learning how everything is related to each other. It is a very eye-opening experience. The most challenging aspect is trying to find the right balance between school and life. Every semester becomes a juggling act of priorities and deadlines, and it is difficult to manage at times.
Can you name a professor who was particularly instrumental in helping you grow as a student?
Associate Professor Kangping Chen, in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, was by far the most instrumental professor I have ever had. His energy and love for engineering shows when he lectures. He has a real passion for the subject and it shows. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to take two of his courses. Also, I have to mention Associate Professor Mary Anderson-Rowland, in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. During my first couple semesters at ASU she provided outstanding guidance and leadership, and inspired me to be the best student possible. She inspired me and helped me to apply for scholarships.
What are your long-term career aspirations? What great engineering achievements would you most like to be part of making happen In the future?
I want to work for a company where I have the opportunity to give back to the public and work on new cutting-edge technology — perhaps, a national laboratory where I can work and use my skills to produce something that can better all of mankind. I would love to be part of the team that develops a sustainable form of space travel.