Diego's Professional Learning Network
Diego's Professional Learning Network
• Ken is a professor of mainly American history at Union College. He is also my Posse mentor and has been a good friend to me since before I even came to Union College. Ken was the person who sparked my interest in politics and made me more of an active citizen. We often discuss current events and what we can do about them as well as possible career paths that I can pursue. Whenever we talk I feel like I always learn something.
• Professor Mosquera is an associate professor of Spanish here at Union College and is very interested in political relations throughout the Americas, much like myself. I met professor Mosquera several weeks ago at the Posse Plus Retreat where we exchanged our ideas on modern politics and how I, as an engineer can make a difference in areas where others may not necessarily be able to. He provided great insight on how I can possibly synthesize engineering and politics.
• Matt is a computer science professor at Union College who is particularly interested in the theory of computing amongst many other things. I had him for my introductory computer science class and he inspired me to pursue computer science. He is extremely helpful, literally always around, and has provided me with a lot of helpful insight on opportunities to pursue that mesh computer engineering and the political world.
Professor Dovidenko is my thesis advisor and also very well versed the study and applications of solar panels!
Halverson is solar panel specialist at General electric and his presentation was my original inspiration for working with solar panels!
Professor Dosiek is interested in teaching about the smart grid, alternative energy sources, and energy conversion. These interests overlap very well with my interests and work in solar panels.
Grosz gave a seminar about artificial intelligence and its possible applications that gave me the idea of what to do for my senior project!
• Galen is senior mechanical engineering major who might be the most creative and free spirited person I have ever met. He never fails to inspire and provide differing opinions and perspectives in discussions. For his senior project Galen is designing a revolutionary bouncing mechanism to be used in locomotion.
• Ben is an incredibly handworker and one of the most supportive people I know. He is a senior electrical engineering major and is currently working on his aero build and fly project which he will be competing with in Florida. He inspires me to push myself to understand things that may seem intimidating and is a great resource for 90% of my ECE homework help.
• Matthew is one of my good friends and an electrical engineering major here at Union College. He never fails to provide me with inspiration, entrepreneurial ideas, and even senior project ideas. He is the kind of person who always has ideas and that is extremely beneficial to have around.
Reid has become a source for legitimate scientific content that I can always learn from or stay up to date with!
Past & Present Supervisors/Managers
• Amanda is Union College’s Makerspace Coordinator. She oversees the 3D printing lab and is my work-study supervisor. Together we created a chapter of Enabling the Future at Union and have begun the process of searching for children with upper limb differences for which we can create and design personalized prosthetic limbs. She is incredibly creative, loves starting hands on projects, and is always looking for hackathons, and competitions to get myself and the rest of her work-study students involved in. Just this year, she has built her own working cellphone using Raspberry Pi products and is also in the process of developing a class to teach over the summer here.
• Cora is the Senior Constituent Representative at Congressman Paul Tonko’s Schenectady office and was also my supervisor when I interned there over the winter. We built and amazing relationship and keep in touch regularly. She is very interested in my work with enable and is always actively looking for participants to bring to me. She taught me a lot about speaking professionally, welcoming challenges, and assessing situations.
• Jermaine was my supervisor during my time at the Learning Environments at Union College. He is the kind of person who is always working on some sort of project in order to advance his career or improve his technical abilities. He recently produced a film titled “Man on the Move” discussing his travels and other things he has been up to. Jermaine is an unbelievable teacher and has taught me a lot about video editing, mixing music, and troubleshooting computer issues.
Paul D. Tonko-
• Congressman Paul Tonko holds degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering and found his way into congress. During my time working for him, I met him several times and he was always delighted that I was an engineer with an interest in politics.
• UncommonElectronics is an Instagram page by a user named Boddah. This Instagram page is an incredible source for unbelievable homemade electronics. Although it generally focusses on modifying Gameboys to be used for composing music, this page also showcases modified versions of other classic gaming systems and devices. For me, this page serves as a source of inspiration and shows me applications of circuitry and programming that I find fascinating.
• WeVolverApp is an Instagram page managed by an organization called WeVolver. Their Instagram page provides videos of incredible applications of homemade and laboratory made technology. For example, their latest post was a video of a battery powered exoskeleton used as an assistive walking device for people paralyzed from the waist down. This page provides me with content that often inspires me and gives me ideas.
• Nate is the founder and editor in chief of the 538, a statistic driven news blog that analyzes politics, economics, and sports. I am a huge fan of Nate and his creation because I think it is the essence of where modern journalism should go. It is also an incredible synthesis of analytics and politics. Also sports.
• Elon is the founder and CEO of Space X as well as Tesla Inc. His ingenuity and drive to revolutionize the world through technology is exactly what I strive to do and be like. His creations are not only inspiring but literally making the world a better place.
• I have just recently met Dennis, but he has already had such a huge influence on what career paths I should follow. I had a very long phone conversation with Dennis the other day about not looking for a job but instead doing what I love and finding a way to get paid for it. He recommended I read the book What Color is Your Parachute, which talks about searching for inspiration instead of a job and then the job will come on its own. Dennis is a Union ECE alum, class of 88, and is currently the VP of Corporate Strategy at Dell.
• Tariq was and I became friends through our love of soccer before he graduated from Union in 2016 as a mechanical engineer. He is now one of the lead field engineers for the Turner Construction Company that are working on building the new science and engineering building here at Union. He is a great connection to opportunities in upstate New York as well as wonderful source of insight and information about how it is to be just entering the industry.
• Victor graduated last year from Union College with a degree in Africana Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in higher education and higher education administration. He was a Posse Scholar, like myself, and always provides me with help and tips on how to break the glass ceiling in the working world.
Jorge de la Cruz-
• Jorge is my cousin and is one the first people to attend and graduate college in the United States in my family. He is sort of the pioneer of the professional world to all of us. He is currently an investment banker in New York City and is always looking for opportunities for me to pursue.
• Nicole is my cousin and a recent graduate of Sacred Heart University. She currently works for a legal firm and is part of a team that manages a tech startup on the side. Her startup is a website that plans to take advantage of the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts by connecting dispensaries and private consumers to the distributors that best manage their needs. She also runs a very successful food blog that specializes in brunch opportunities in the Boston area.
• Lorena is my older sister and recently graduated from UMASS Boston with a degree in business. She is currently working for at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department as some sort of consultant. She is very career orientated and is always actively looking for opportunities for me to pursue.