Celebrating Diversity - Our Stories

Our Stories

Andrea Paola Arguelles taking a selfie
Q&A with Andrea Paola Arguelles
Ph.D. 2016, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, UNL
Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanic, Penn State University
"My heritage is an integral part of my identity. I did not realize how much until I left my home country [Venezuela] to pursue higher education in the U.S. The biggest lesson I carry with me from my Hispanic upbringing is the importance of family."

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Q&A with Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Donald R. Voelte, Jr. and Nancy A. Keegan Chair of Engineering and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
“I think engineering is a wonderful career. The most important attributes for being an engineer are being creative, a good communicator and being curious. It's not important to be at the top of your math and science classes. Be inquisitive and ask a lot of questions about how and why things work!”

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Alisa Gilmore speaking at the opening ceremonies of the Nebraska Robotics Expo in February 2020
Q&A with Alisa Gilmore
Associate Professor of Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Take advantage of the Complete Engineer competencies. These will serve you well throughout life. It is no longer viable for engineers to be one-dimensional technicians. Become well rounded so that you can address the complex issues of the present and future with social insight, inclusiveness, and effectiveness.”

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Sydney James
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Graduate student in Civil Engineering / B.S. in Civil Engineering from UNL, 2019
“One piece of advice I would give anyone considering or pursuing a career in engineering would be, why not you? You belong here. No one shows up to the first day of Calculus as a pro at deriving and integrating. The skills required for an engineering career take practice, determination, and grit. Every engineering student has had that moment when they thought it was too hard. Don’t quit, you belong here.”

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Courtney Keiser in the lab doing what she loves most!
Q&A with Courtney Keiser
Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Ph.D., Materials Engineering
“Find a group of people that will support you professionally and personally. You are not on this journey alone, and these people will be your reminder that you are smart and capable of anything put in your way.”

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Sussan Moussavi at the UNL Spring Research Fair
Q&A with Sussan Moussavi
PhD Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
“I try to constantly promote women in engineering by attending different events like "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" and the "Women in Science Conference." My mom (an Environmental Engineer) continues to serve as a great role model for me, and I strive to do the same for other women in the field.”

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Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Q&A with Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Associate Professor, Hydroinformatics and Predictive Analytics, Department of Biological Systems Engineering /
Associate Professor, Integrated Hydroclimate and Geospatial Analytics, School of Natural Resources
"In my lab, as in the classroom, I create a welcoming environment that extols the virtues of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity as a means to civic and intellectual advancement."

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Noelle Atieno Mware at the Universidad Del Pacifico; summer 2016
Q&A with Noelle Atieno Mware
Graduate student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
“Remember, if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go with others. In this marathon (not a sprint) having a sense of support from like-minded individuals is beneficial to your success. Also, being open to other perspectives is vital for growth. Always stick to your values and stand up for yourself and others.”

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Stephanie Perez and her boyfriend Bailey at Sioux Falls
Q&A with Stephanie Perez
Civil Engineering major, College of Engineering
"I have always held the belief that my heritage is what keeps me, and my family grounded and allows us to have a unique outlook on life that we otherwise would not have."

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Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Q&A with Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Senior assistant director of student development, College of Engineering
"As a first-generation female of Mexican descent, I believe I’m a living testimonial that although there may be several challenges one might face in life, these can be overcome with perseverance (or “ganas” as my dad would say)."

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Leen-Kiat Soh
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Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
“Be persistent and invest time and effort. Be inquisitive and ask questions. Be mindful and think about your learning and acquiring new knowledge. Be open-minded and appreciate different viewpoints. Be caring and consider the impacts of your work. Seek help if you are doubtful.”

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Aaron Young
Q&A with Aaron Young
Undergraduate student, Architectural Engineering
“Remember to give back to the community that you have come from in order to support the aspirations of our future generations. Engage in on-campus organizations, connect with like-minded achievers, and be the student that engages with teachers on a deeper level. The work we do is hard, but it is worth it. God blesses the hand of the diligent.”

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