Humans of BSOE

Francisco Beltran
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (2014)
"The skills and lessons I learned at UC Santa Cruz have largely influenced the manner in which I approach my current research on a daily basis. The high standards for rigorous statistical analysis have carried forth into all aspects of my work."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Since I was a kid I was interested in computers and really wanted to know how they work from the inside out. The curiosity is what led me to engineering."
Brenda Betancourt
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (2015)
"From learning English to receiving an outstanding formation in Bayesian Statistics, my time at the Baskin School of Engineering was a life-changing experience for me."
Computer Science and Engineering
"I think what makes engineers really special is their tenacity and ability to take on a challenge and make it work because at the end of the day when you finally do that it feels so rewarding."
Computational Media
"I enjoy being creative but I also have an interest in technical stuff. Computer game design is a nice balance because there’s a technical-based program supplemented by art, so I can pursue both those interests in that major."
Computational Media
"SpokeIt is a big team project I’m working on. It’s a game with this overarching narrative and within that game there are a bunch of therapeutic mini games that focus on different kinds of speech therapy."
Computational Media
"The most exciting thing to me about engineering is that anything is possible. You gain the tools you need to create anything. If you see something wrong with the world around you, you can enact change and make it different."
Computer Science and Engineering
"The mind of an engineer is very versatile because it’s problem solving. If you’re good at problem solving and you’re a good engineer, you can be good at a lot of things and you can take that thinking cap with you to a lot of fields."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"You’re definitely going to struggle a lot while you’re trying to achieve something. At the beginning of a project, we consider the final result as our goal but after we finish, the things that happen during the process become your treasure."
Biomolecular Engineering
"The faculty here are really remarkable in the field and it’s kind of surprising when you can just walk by someone who worked on the Human Genome Project. That’s probably the coolest part about the school."
Computer Science and Engineering
"I like having the freedom to solve problems in multiple ways. There’s never just one way in computer science to solve a problem."
Computer Science and Engineering
"Getting involved with student orgs really helps you build community, whether it be a sorority, fraternity, an internship or becoming a BESA ambassador. It helps you find support wherever you go and it’s super helpful."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"It’s important to have diversity in engineering because it brings different experiences and ways of thinking to a project, allowing for new and different approaches to problems."
Computer Science and Engineering
“Students tend to work too hard. Take care of yourself and learn to give yourself time. Making sure your brain is in good shape means giving it a rest.”
Computer Science and Engineering
"One thing I’d like to tell students has to do with the genius myth. They often feel like, 'I’m not that genius and therefore, I cannot contribute.' It’s really important to bust that myth."
Computer Engineering
“If you really understand something, that’s better than a grade. Concentrate on learning the foundations.”
Biomolecular Engineering
"I’m on the iGEM team. We’re developing a cheap and maintainable contraceptive for women in third world countries."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
“I like having an influence on the students I meet. Here, I can really help launch students’ careers in a direction they might not have thought about. I’m really proud of the students."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"I was drawn to robotics because it’s the intersection of different types of engineering all coming together so you get a splash of flavor from different worlds that prepare you to go into many different aspects of engineering."
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"I get to work with UCSC astronomers who pursue knowledge about the stars purely for knowledge and I feel like that is so noble. It’s awesome that I get to have a project with a similar philosophical framework.”
Alexandra Stambaugh
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"I decided I wanted to work with optofluidics. My principal investigator, Holger Schmidt, wrote the handbook on optofluidics, so I thought, 'I should go work for him.”
Jordan Liss
Electrical and Computer Engineering
"People in the Baskin School of Engineering are willing to collaborate and talk about their projects and be open about the things they’re doing."
Emmanuel Kayede
Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Within BSOE there are many outlets for getting yourself established and that’s a really great thing about UC Santa Cruz. You can always find a place you can consider your home.”
Computer Science and Engineering
"I’m working on this human trafficking project. The broad question was whether environmental events affect human traffickers. We found an increase in mentions of certain ethnicities after hurricanes in these ads, especially ethnicities from Caribbean countries."

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