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Bryan Acosta

Major

Computational Engineering

Hometown

McAllen, TX

What aspect of computational engineering interests you most?

I love how interdisciplinary computational engineering can be. I have learned a lot of aspects from mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and computer science. Computational engineering applies to all of these topics using modeling and simulations to solve tough engineering problems.

What has been your most influential COE, ASE or EM course and why?

I took a course named Scientific Computation that introduced me to a lot of more advanced coding topics that I found that I really enjoyed, and it ultimately influenced me to pursue software engineering as a career path.

What has been your favorite computationally-based project?

For the previous course I mentioned, the final project was a simulation of a pandemic. I took it during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. I was able to apply so many aspects of a real-life pandemic like vaccinations, social distancing, infection rates and such. It was interesting to apply programming skills to something so relevant to everyone today.

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

Coursework is only half of the college experience. My favorite part of college is finding my community. I have met so many people with such big dreams and strong work ethics, and that has motivated me to work even harder and succeed. I am an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and that organization has helped me develop my academic, social, and professional skills, which have contributed so much to my professional successes. I have also participated in other social orgs, technical orgs, and research which has taught me so many relevant skills.

How do you plan to use your COE degree in the future?

This summer I am interning for Lockheed Martin on the Multi-domain Enterprise Simulation Architecture team. I am excited to apply modeling and simulation skills I have learned and will learn this semester with COE. After graduation, I hope to work on simulation software for space systems.

Where is your favorite place to study?

My favorite place to study is the Engineering Education Research Center (more commonly known as the EER). The building is an absolutely gorgeous piece of architecture, and I love that I always run into peers who are also working hard on their coursework. Closer to finals the building is always packed until 3 a.m. and I love being in that environment.