Eliseo Esparza: "My dream job is to use engineering to create change in the world through diversity."
Commerce City, Colorado
Why did you choose to come to Mines? What have you enjoyed most about being here?
I chose Mines because of its competitive academics and for being the top engineering school in Colorado. I enjoy spending time at the MEP (Multicultural engineering Program) house and planning events with my best friends through SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers).
Tell us about something you're working on right now that you find exciting, fulfilling or challenging?
In Senior Design, I am currently converting an old Formula SAE vehicle to be fully electric. The most challenging aspect of the project is finding parts that can be integrated into the vehicle and still maintain its competitive performance.
Have you done an internship or co-op or been in a professional job while at Mines? Tell us who you worked for and what you were doing. What stands out?
I have completed an internship with RK Mission Critical as a project engineer intern working on a first-of-its-kind turn-key cryptocurrency mining container. Crypto mining is a booming industry, and I directly worked with the engineering team responsible for designing 2MW mining rigs in crypto containers.
What communities, groups or organizations—on- and off-campus—are important to you and why?
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is a student-run organization under the Multicultural Engineering Program that serves the largest minority communities on the Mines campus. SHPE hosts over 35 annual events ranging from social to professional development and averages 60 students at our biweekly industry meetings where we provide free food, internship and job opportunities, and insight from a professional engineer at a well-known company.
What are your plans for the future? What's your dream job?
I have accepted a full-time offer at Proctor and Gamble to be a product engineer for Tide Detergent. My dream job is to use engineering to create change in the world through diversity.