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A&M-Kingsville student to receive Student Engineer of the Year Award

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The Nueces Chapter of Society of Professional Engineers named Analyssa Hernandez, an engineering student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, its Student Engineer of the Year Award.

 

Hernandez, from Corpus Christi, is a first-generation college student and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Mathematics in May 2020. She was recognized for her outstanding achievements in class, internships m undergraduate research activities and leadership skills.

 

Dr. David Ramirez, Professor and Chair of Environmental Engineering, said the department is excited that Hernandez was selected for the award.

“It is truly an honor for our department to know that one of our students was recognized as the student engineer of the year. Analyssa is a high achiever student who has shown excellence not only in academics but also in research and extracurricular activities,” he said.

 

Hernandez has been an undergraduate research assistant working in two research projects on water availability under near-term climate change and on treating wastewater effluent to produce reclaimed water. Outcomes of this research were presented at the 2019 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Conference.

 

Hernandez said she chose to study engineering because of her passion for math and science.

 

“I chose environmental engineering specifically because I have always had a passion for the environment since I was a kid. I had always been curious about the gases that were being released into the air by refineries, the trash in waters, and more and how this was affecting human health and the overall environment,” she said. “With my degree, I hope to make positive impacts on the environment for the sake of our future generations.”

 

She is the founding member of the Water Environment Association of Texas and the Texas American Water Works Association (WEAT/TAWWA) Joint Student Chapter at A&M-Kingsville where she currently serves as the President. Hernandez has held multiple leadership positions within Theta Phi Alpha fraternity and is an active member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. She is also a Student Ambassador of the Environmental Engineering program.

 

Hernandez will be presented the award at the Engineers Banquet on Feb. 21, 2020.

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