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2013 Scholars

Amanda Vanderbeek


Graduation Year: 2017
College: Cullen College of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School: Douglas Macarthur High School
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

About Me

I am a southern person, enjoy everything outside, hunting, fishing and kayaking.I love to play volleyball, racquetball and mountain biking.I have an interest in reptiles and recently started taking up breeding themI drive a Trans Am and a Cummins, and have started a club called LSX Force for trans ams and other lsx vehicles with over 1900 strong.I love to shoot, and also started a club called Skeet Trap Pull with over 2400 strong.

Campus and Community Involvement

In high school, I was a member of the National Honors Society.  I enjoy playing Volleyball, Architecture class, and Autotech.

Awards and Honors

I received multiple athletic awards.I was in the National Honors Society and graduated with suma cum laude.I have received multiple awards for my Trans Am at car shows

Study Abroad

I took American Sign Language in highschool. I think it would be interesting to study abroad in a Australia, Switzerland, Italy or Venezuela. What interests me the most would be the nature, and wildlife, of the place, due to me being an outdoorsy person. Venezuela would be fun to see all the different reptiles of the Amazon nearby.


Research in any type of aeronautical, mechanical, or weapon mechanics interests me. I have not completed the research component. I am not sure how to begin my researching projects

Future Endeavors

I plan to work in the engineering field for a place such as GE or Boeing, or anything of that sort. Possibly Cummins or Caterpillar. I would like to do the Air Force Reserves also. I might do Aeronautical engineering for a graduate degree, not sure yet.

I would like to complete some interesting projects such as swapping a 4bt Cummins into a 1st or 2nd generation Trans Am or a Barracuda. Also an I6 Cummins into a newer model Ford F350.