Albert and Ethel Herzstein UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment
I put my faith in God first in my life and try to uphold the teachings of the Bible every day. As a mechanical engineering major, much dedication and hard work has to be put into my studies. Even though I put so much time into studying, I make time to be active with friends and campus activities. I have had two engineering internships: Superior Energy Services and Bayer Material Science. At Superior Energy Services, I was able to learn about the oil industry – specifically the completion process for wells. This included, among many other things, assembling and disassembling tools and testing the functionality of a new valve design. At Bayer, famous for its pharmaceuticals, I worked in the Material Science division, specifically the Coatings, Adhesives, and Specialties (CAS) unit at the Baytown site. My work there included using P&IDs to predict corrosion under insulation, which is a very expensive and potentially hazardous condition experienced at many industrial plants in the Gulf region. I also worked on improving the safety and ease of pump inspection by adding clear coupling guards to pumps. When I am not studying or interning, I enjoy bowling and playing racquetball with friends.
Campus and Community Involvement
During my time at the University of Houston I have been involved in Cougars for Christ, UH Robotics Club, UH Fencing Club, and intramural sports including flag football and dodge ball. I am a frequent patron of the Campus Recreation Center and Cougar Grounds, a campus coffee shop.
Awards and Honors
I have received several academic honors during my college career. I am a member of four honor societies including Pi Tau Sigma, an international mechanical engineering honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. I am also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. In the 2012/13 school year I began my study of the German language, and I received an award for outstanding first-year student.
I would like to study abroad in Ireland if my class schedule will allow me to.
Upon graduation I plan to enter the workforce. I will be continuing studying German until I attain fluency. I would like to travel some with my work, but for the long term I plan to remain in the Houston area.