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Joseph Schmidt

Bio: Joseph graduated from IB Lamar high school in McAllen in 2015 where he participated in the robotics team for 4 years and danced in several talent shows. For his undergraduate career, he attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Physics and Pure Mathematics in 2019. While at UTRGV, he participated in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as a chair of the petroleum committee, helped with resume building, and directed coding workshops. He continued to dance at UTRGV in the Filipino Student Association (FSA), working with NASA to design a microsatellite, and was awarded a patent for research conducted in nanofibers under Dr. Lozano. Throughout this undergraduate career, he has interned with professors at UTRGV, participated in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at UT Austin, interned at Chevron’s headquarters, and conducted two internships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in microsatellite propulsion.

Joseph is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas (UT) Austin in Physics using coding & simulations to study fusion energy reactors. He is an invested member in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and the Physics Circus where he participates in demonstrating physics concepts to grade schoolers! In his free time he is either coding apps or videogames, writing poetry for his book, practicing his dance moves, or relaxing at the park and reading. In the future he plans on owning his own company and conducting research as an independent researcher. 

Mentoring interests: College transition, undergraduate research, graduate school, professional development