Beto Gonzalez Campos
Multicultural Leader and Graduate Researcher in Cleveland, Estados Unidos
[Pictures above tell my story at CWRU from 2014-2018]
Nickname: Beto Gonzalez /BE-toh GAHN-za-luhz/
Hola! My full name is Jose Alberto Gonzalez Campos, but almost all my friends and colleagues on campus call me Beto. I am a Mexican International Engineering Grad student at CWRU. My interests range from Mexican Soccer to Salsa/Bachata Dancing. I am also a Star Wars, Batman, the Office, and Breaking Bad fan. Aviation is my passion, and what inspired me to be an engineer.
Due to this enthusiasm for aircraft, I am pursuing my B.S/M.S in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The MechE to learn how to be a full-hardcore engineer and the Aero to learn how to build, design, and fly airplanes; great decision to have both backgrounds (though, #TeamNoSleep). Due to my desire for both areas, I started to research Wind Turbines, specifically the Vertical type ones (spin around the z-axis; "spiral" looking). Soon enough, I got caught up in the aerodynamics and the multiple blade design configurations possible. Therefore, I got further interested in other forms of renewable energy systems and their sustainable industrial implementation (Hence, me being a ThinkEnergy Fellow).
During my college career, I have developed many personal and academic interests. Some of them include:
+ Thermal-fluid sciences, flight mechanics, and dynamics, as well as control.
+ Rapid prototype and design.
+ Diversity and inclusion initiatives.
+ Accessibility to resources for minority STEM students through the CWRU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter. I worked as President and Vice President of External Affairs, pushing forward our mission of making sure more Hispanic graduate higher education, inside our SHPE Familia!
+ Latinx empowerment and advocacy, through La Alianza, the Latino cultural group on-campus.
+ How to be a proactive and useful engineer. (that is why I study abroad in south India this past Summer 2016).
+ Latin music dancing (either Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, (but mostly salsa!)).
I want to keep pursuing these interests in the future, while at the same time learn about others. As I am looking for a professional opportunity before/after graduating, I wonder where my future holds for me. Nonetheless, I am confident that I will always continue to strengthen my human development by continuously learning from my mistakes and by trying to be a better person each day.