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2017-2018 team photo after a day of driving.
would be its last, the fact that we could rebuild the team and get through
that year, recruit new people, and build a car is one of the things I am
most proud of. We didn't compete that year, but we still built a car and
the team got stronger from going through it together. The next year we
were able to build a new car and attend a competition. Maybe we didn't
get the results we always wanted-being a top 10 team or winning some
of the events-but I think we won something more important, which was
building a good team of people. They were rigorously disciplined and
flexible enough to work as a team, ready to learn and improve in each
area, and adapt to the changes that involved the challenge of developing
a new prototype.
What is the most interesting project that you are working on at the
The most interesting project that I am working on at VIKUA is the
development of a tracker system for HCV vehicles and retrieval of
data from the vehicle and variables within them. This project includes
research, designing of the electronic schematics, programming of the
microcontroller, and testing. I had the opportunity to work on other
projects, which I enjoyed since they were also related to the automotive
and urban transportation industry.
Who has most influenced you on your engineering journey?
A person that had always inspired me and influenced me in my career
as an engineer is my father. He is a mechanical engineer, and we had
always shared the same passion for cars and races. From as long as I
remembered, our Sundays consisted of waking up early and watching
Formula 1 races. He is the most perseverant person I know, thriving for
perfection and doing his work with passion and dedication. Even though
our area in engineering is different, he is one of the main reasons I chose
engineering as a career.
I've also met a lot of people along my journey of becoming an engineer
that inspired me by their perseverance and knowledge. Most of them
were my peers on the Baja SAE team, and our faculty advisor. I think that
they are people driven by passion for what they like to do in their own
careers, and it inspired me to be the best me I could be for the team.
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On a rappel course in Caracas, Venezuela.
In what ways were you involved with SAE International
as a student?
I was part of the Baja SAE USB team for four years.
Along the way, I was involved in the electronics division
and had the role of captain and vice president of
the team. I also got the opportunity to attend three
competitions. My involvement with SAE prepared me
to get started in my professional life because it was an
experience where I obtained truly significant knowledge
about the different stages of an engineering project.
Why did you decide to continue with your SAE
membership as a professional?
Transferring my student membership to a professional
one given by CDS after graduating is a great opportunity.
Besides the networking I can do in this community, there
are a lot of papers, technical materials, and information
that I can access thanks to this membership, which is
incredibly helpful-specifically for its support to other
colleagues and students in the area and the projects I am
working on in this industry.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy outdoor activities such as road running and other
physical exercises. I had the opportunity to do my first
rappel course, which is an activity I want to continue
to improve in. Any kinds of outdoor activities with my
family and friends are things that I appreciate. Other
things that I enjoy doing for fun are reading, listening to
music, and playing my keyboard.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - September 2020
Momentum - September 2020
Don’t worry students, you got this!
Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
After 21 tries, Michigan Tech snowmobile team finally sleds to victory in 2020
Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
COMVEC 2020 preview
The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
SAE 101: Scholarships
Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
Networking helps keep your options open
Momentum - September 2020 - Momentum - September 2020
Momentum - September 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - September 2020 - 1
Momentum - September 2020 - Don’t worry students, you got this!
Momentum - September 2020 - Benefits U
Momentum - September 2020 - Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
Momentum - September 2020 - 5
Momentum - September 2020 - U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Momentum - September 2020 - Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Momentum - September 2020 - Air domination
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Momentum - September 2020 - Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
Momentum - September 2020 - After 21 tries, Michigan Tech snowmobile team finally sleds to victory in 2020
Momentum - September 2020 - Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
Momentum - September 2020 - 13
Momentum - September 2020 - Briefs
Momentum - September 2020 - COMVEC 2020 preview
Momentum - September 2020 - The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
Momentum - September 2020 - SAE 101: Scholarships
Momentum - September 2020 - Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
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Momentum - September 2020 - Networking helps keep your options open
Momentum - September 2020 - Cover3
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