Engineering Her Future
A first-generation college student, Daniela Davalos is setting out to make her mark in the traditionally male-dominated field of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “As a Latina, I’m aware that the path to success will be an uphill battle,” she said. “However, thanks o the amazing opportunities I’ve had at SMC, I am confident that my perseverance and grit will enable me to overcome any barriers.
Growing up with a keen interest in the physical world around her, Daniela chose engineering as a path to improving that world. “Whether it’s running with a prosthetic leg, flying on an airplane or launching a rocket into space — the work of an engineer is behind innovations that drive society forward.”
Daniela racked up a number of impressive achievements as a student in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at SMC — both on campus and beyond. During her first year, she interned with the Los Angeles World Airports Planning Development Group. She also conducted research on underwater autonomous drones at Caltech through Base 11, a program that connects community college students with opportunities to explore aerospace careers.
On campus, Daniela applied herself to helping fellow students as a volunteer tutor and peer mentor for the STEM Program. She plans to continue her studies at either UC Davis or UC San Diego before going on to graduate school.
“All my experiences have been made possible by coming to SMC,” Daniela said “I don’t know what I would have done without taking advantage these programs and SMC’s faculty.
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