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2012 Scholars

Leo Bartos

Leo Bartos

Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Cullen Engineering/ Honors College
Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School: Clear Brook High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

I am an active individual with a good work ethic. I am inquisitive and especially like to learn how things work. I am eclectic and have done many things from snow skiing in the Canadian Rockies to getting SCUBA diving certifications. Music motivates and inspires me. I also like making music and enjoy playing French horn and mellophone for a pastime.

Campus and Community Involvement

I've volunteered in many ways throughout my life starting at a young age including helping at church, cleaning coastal waterways, community recycling efforts, assembling bikes for underprivileged kids, and other activities. As a Lieutenant in the Lunar Rendezvous philanthropic organization, I collected cleaning supplies for local shelters, supported a local fun run, and helped raise funds for charities in the Bay area. In high school through the Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) organization, I volunteered at nursing homes and local elementary schools. I like to play community league baseball and enjoy bowling.  In high school I was a member of the National Honor Society, on the Band Council as the Junior Representative, and a two-year French Horn Section leader. I am in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band where I play mellophone.

Awards and Honors

I graduated Summa Cum Laude and in the top 6% of my high school class of 590 students and graduated on the Distinguished Achievement Plan.  I received an AP Scholar with Honor award and the Director's Award.  In 10th grade, my Science Fair project advanced to the District level. I earned a team silver medal at Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships with my high school indoor winter drumline where I marched cymbals. I applied for the Air Force Academy and received a nomination from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. I have received scholarships from the Lunar Rendezvous organization, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), St. Bernadette Catholic Church, and Clear Brook High School Band Booster Club.

Study Abroad

In high school I enjoyed three years of Spanish.  I would like to participate in a study abroad program in Europe or in Asia. I am most interested in seeing what the world is like and the physical applications of what various Mechanical Engineering teams around the world can do.


I am open to all types of engineering research that can be applied to my major of Mechanical Engineering.  The wide variety of applications for mechanical engineers offers a plethora of options.  I am very interested in robotics, transportation, and other practical applications of my field of study.  Any of these possibilities could have numerous opportunities for research.  As I get further along in my curriculum, I intend to develop a passion for a particular area which would lead to my research project.

Future Endeavors

I would love to get a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as it would enable me to dig deeper into specific aspects of topics that are presented in the undergraduate degree.  A master's degree would also afford me the opportunity to work closer with professors and others from whom I would learn other things which would enhance my skills for outside employment.