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Student Ambassador Profile – Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza, PhD in Civil Engineering ’19

Name: Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza
Class: 2019
Hometown: Legazpi, Spain
Major: PhD in Civil Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
As a secord-year PhD candidate at the University of Miami (UM), I felt I could be a unique resource for incoming and prospective students. I owe the UM student community the same assistance and guidance that my peers offered me.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
New engineering students should be as proactive as possible because you never know when an exciting opportunity may present itself.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
Everyone at the College of Engineering makes you feel like you’re part of a family. Additionally, the variety of activities and leadership positions offered at the CoE makes it unlike many other institutions.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
I only recently became an engineering student ambassador, but I’m prepared to help the CoE as much as possible and look forward to engaging in opportunities throughout the school year.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
The CoE helped me refine my leadership skills.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
I have been heavily involved in the Graduate Engineering Student Council (GESC) and the UM American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter. Both organizations have furthered the development of my research and education.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
As an engineering student ambassador, I expect to gain memorable experiences as well as meet new and prospective students, faculty, staff and many more.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I expect to have many more great things to say about the CoE by the end of the year. Being a Student Ambassador is a deeply rewarding opportunity both on a personal and professional level.

 What did you do during your summer 2018 break?
During the summer break, I went to Spain; my family and friends are crucial in my life.

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