Computer Science major Rafael Hernandez is a recipient of the National Engineers Week of Santa Barbara & Ventura County Scholarship, which rewards high-achieving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics scholars.
Rafael Hernandez is all-around impressive: an exceptionally “responsible, driven, dedicated, and intelligent young man,” says Oxnard College Academic Counselor Marcos Lupian. He holds a 3.89 GPA and is an accomplished campus leader. He is the founder and president of Oxnard College’s first Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, which he recently made into a nationally syndicated chapter. He is also the Vice President of the OMEGA Club and a First Year Experience Peer Mentor.
Rafael has participated in undergraduate research at both CSUCI and UCSB. This summer, he will join the Naval Research Enterprise for a paid ($5,400) 10-week summer internship. This exclusive opportunity provides scholars with valuable hands-on experience working under the mentorship of full-time scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology programs.
Rafael has another year of studies before he transfers to a four-year institution. His top choices are UCSB and UC Davis. In the future, he would like to get an MBA and work in private industry or as civilian in the Navy. He is well on his way.