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Miguel Guerra Miguel

Miguel Guerra is glad to be graduating. He’s eager to get started on his new career as an engineer with Exxon-Mobil. While he is rightfully proud of his accomplishments, he also realizes just how fortunate he is. Miguel chose Illinois because of the merit- and need-based scholarship support he received.  And he has made the most of his Illinois education.

Through his involvement with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Miguel is leaving his mark. In 2008 he received the Student Role Model Award which recognizes the unselfish and outstanding contributions of an honoree to his SHPE student chapter and the Hispanic community while also maintaining academic excellence.

At the fall 2008 conference, SHPE awarded Illinois with Chapter of the Year honors. “It feels good to be recognized for your achievements,” remarked Miguel.

SHPE introduced Miguel to the idea of giving back and he’s taken the idea to heart. He has mentored other Illinois students as an undergraduate counselor with the Office of Minority Student Affairs. He also mentored a local middle school student through the CU One-to-One program. And he’s already looked into Exxon’s matching gift program so he can be a donor some day.


Update: Miguel graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009. He is now a subsea engineer with Exxon in Huston. He is enjoying the city and the nice weather that allows for a lot of outdoor activities. He also feels that his Illinois education is serving him well. The rigorous engineering program at Illinois taught him how to adapt and learn quickly. He is also using many of the soft skills he learned while in college, especially the organizational skills. Miguel is still thankful for the scholarships he received at Illinois. He graduated with modest loans and has been able to start saving for his future. Thank you, Miguel, for putting your Illinois education to good use!