Gustavo Armando Alvarez Escalante
Mechanical Engineering/ Global Poverty and Practice
What are some of your involvements?
Hispanic Engineers and Scientists, La Undiad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated, EOP Peer Academic Counselor, GPP Peer Advisor
What are your career goals?
To develop water filtration systems to provide clean, drinking water to impoverished communities in 3rd world countries.
What are some of your hobbies?
Taekwondo (red belt), basketball, swimming, hiking, playing with my dog Chita, TRAVEL
Why are you a EOP STEM Coordinator?
I didn't want students to experience the same difficulties I experienced throughout my first years at Cal in the STEM fields due to imposters syndrome, or not relating to students/professors. I desire to witness the success of low-income, 1st generation, historically underrepresented, and/or undocumented students in STEM.
A little bit about yourself:
I was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the US when I was 2 years old. I have a younger sister who is my partner in crime and I am absolutely a Mamas boy.
The reason we immigrated to the US was because I was born with a kidney and a half (people normally have 2 kidneys) and the half was fused with the full. Salvadorian doctors didn't have the technology to diagnose me, thus, US doctors had to figure out my anomaly. Interesting RIGHT!