Tag Archives: College of Science and Engineering

Alumni: Krystle Moore

Fearless learner: Asking questions opened doors to scholarships, mentors, career path for biology grad

studio portrait of Krystle Moore

Krystle Moore ’13

By Billi London-Gray

It’s hard to believe brilliant people who tell you, “Don’t be afraid to feel dumb.” But these words are the motto of Krystle Moore, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at Texas State University. Her brave, inquisitive attitude has led her to one great opportunity after another. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Seema Kulkarni

From algorithms to data architecture,
computers stoke grad’s creativity

By Billi London-Gray

Seema KulkarniSeema Kulkarni recently experienced the thrill of developing a successful search-engine algorithm. As a soon-to-be graduate from Texas State University’s computer science master’s program, learning to devise such solutions is the key to finding satisfaction in her work.

But Kulkarni states it another way: “I do what I love.” Continue reading

Happenings: Texas State Commencement

Graduation ceremonies
to take place Friday, Saturday

By Mary Kincy

A Texas State graduation candidate's mortarboard.

A onetime Bobcat decorated her mortar board with the year of her graduation.

More than the fall 2011 semester is drawing to a close for a select group of Texas State students participating in commencement exercises this weekend.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Texas State will host the first of four commencement ceremonies in Strahan Coliseum for the colleges of Education and Health Professions. At 2 p.m., the College of Liberal Arts and University College will participate in exercises, followed by the colleges of Fine Arts and Communication and Applied Arts at 6 p.m. A final ceremony, at 10 a.m. Saturday, is for students in the McCoy College of Business Administration and the College of Science and Engineering. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Saul Villarreal

Villarreal engineers success with
top honors at HENAAC Conference

By Catherine Harper

Saul Villareal, the first-place winner at the Oct. 8 Hispanic National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

Once in motion, the forces of knowledge can accelerate at an unstoppable speed. For Saul Villarreal, a Texas State industrial engineering student who captured first-place honors for his semiconductor research presentation at the Oct. 8 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), an unbeatable drive continues to build momentum toward success.

Villarreal’s graduation from Texas State is set for December 2011; however, his passion for learning has not yet reached its finish. With his vigorous undergraduate experience behind him and charged career goals for the future, Villarreal’s ambitions are set to full speed.

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Around Campus: Texas State Physics Camp

Cold water that boils?
Deflated marshmallows?
Welcome to Physics Camp!

Local students watch water repidly evaporate in a vacuum chamber.

By Catherine Harper

This week at Texas State, local kids are learning about science. And loving every minute of it.

The Texas State Physics Camp, a student-run program sponsored by the Society of Physics Students, offers kids the opportunity to interact with physics through hands-on experiments and demonstrations by Texas State physics majors and student volunteers.

SPS started the camp in 2008, as the brainchild of student Amanda Gregory. She recently graduated with her master’s in physics. From the start, there has been no cost for children to attend; the one-week camp is funded by donations and SPS fundraising efforts. Continue reading

Spotlight: Krissy Vasquez

Through NASA and scholars program,
the sky is no limit for Vasquez

Krissy Vasquez

By Billi London-Gray

Krissy Vasquez has been a standout student throughout her college career. But for the electrical engineering senior at Texas State University, success is secondary to the rewards of simply enjoying her work.

“I just like to think, design and build,” she says.

Vasquez says choosing her college and career path was not difficult; her father and two aunts attended Texas State. Thanks to an exceptional opportunity in high school, choosing her major also was a no-brainer.

“I discovered my major while working on a NASA experiment,” she says. “I was doing engineering before engineering was my major.” Continue reading