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Computational Engineering


Miguel Aleman, Mexico 

What aspect of computational engineering interests you most?

The aspect of computational engineering that interests me the most is the fact that you are not restricted to one area to work in. It's a new degree with a lot of different fields and UT gives you the opportunity to explore many of them, whether through classes or by doing research. Not being restricted to just working in one area is something that I looked for and this degree offered me that. 

If you are a transfer student, how did you adapt to UT Computational? 

I transferred from ASE and before that I was undeclared but adapting wasn’t bad at all. As a student in UGS, I took several math and programming courses so I wouldn’t be behind if I were to be accepted into the Cockrell School of Engineering. I got into ASE and then found out about COE. I was on track to graduate at the same time in both and having already taken a couple of programming and math courses put me in a position where I went straight into engineering and computational courses once I got into COE, which made it a really smooth transition. 

Has involvement in student groups and/or organizations made a difference in your education? 

Definitely. Being involved in different organizations has helped me make a lot of friends from different backgrounds, some of which I have in the same classes so we can work on homework or study together. It’s also a great way to expand your resources. Organizations want the best for their members so they are constantly informing them about different opportunities available. I am a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and through it I have been given different opportunities and resources to help me through college. Everyone in SHPE is super friendly and welcoming and we are always having a great time as one big familia! 

If you participated in study abroad, please include a brief description about your experience.

I studied abroad this summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina and it was amazing! It was a completely different lifestyle to what I am used to and it really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone the first couple of days. I did not know anyone else from the group of students that was going with, but after the first day we all got along really well. We got to explore a lot of the city including some of the museums andthe gardens, we tried a lot of delicious food, and we also got tango lessons! We had a 5-day weekend at one point and most of us traveled to Salta, Argentina, known for its wine and landscapes. I highly suggest to anyone that if they have the opportunity to study abroad to do so. 

What are some things you really enjoy about living in Austin, TX?

My favorite thing about living in Austin is that there is always something to do. You can go kayaking, or to Zilker Park or Barton Springs with some friends and have a good time. It also has so many restaurants with different food so there is always a different type of food to try. It's also relatively close to home for me which makes it a perfect place to be away from home, but still close enough that I can drive back on any weekend if I have to.