Being born and living my childhood in Mexico gave me the advantage of developing my Spanish to a proficient level. I can read, write, and speak Spanish perfectly as well English, since school required me to learn the language fast.
As part of my functions in the Technical Affairs Committee, I was involved in the front end development of the Texas A&M's SHPE website. I learned HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap through YouTube, which helped me correct mistakes and formatting issues throughout the website. In addition, I got experience using GitHub as means of checking with the other leads on the progress made and to easily combine our ideas into the main website.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, SHPE, has a system that allows the members with the most points get sponsored to go to the SHPE National Convention. Each event has different ways to earn points which are then tallied manually by the Secretary, a tedious task often taking up to two hours weekly.
From this, different leads in the committee improved the code into something that successfully automated the previously tedious job. The code reads in the different Google Form submissions, calculates the points earned by the member from that member, then looks for the member to add the points to their overall total. If it can't find a member, it highlights the member to show that it is a new member.
In order to prepare for formatting the main SHPE website, the Technical Affairs Chair tasked us with the creation of our own personal website that would act as support to our resumes. I sought different resources to improve my website further; carousels, navigation bars, cards, etc. Finally, I deployed my website on GitHub in order for recruiters to be able to scan a QR code and access it.
In addition, I created a guide for members seeking to create their own website but not knowing where to start. I added a YouTube playlist with all the videos that helped me through the process, what elements to include in what tabs, pictures and videos showing the installation process and helpful resources.
Throughout this internship, I was able to not only work on a project that could save hotels thousands of dollars, but also grow my technical skills. Different to conventional internships, this SEC Directed Internship was accompanied by classes that ranged from market value/ research, to personal skills like journaling and time management.
I worked in a team of 5 as well as having the support from a professor of practice and industry mentor. Together, we developed a smart showerhead that could track data from a shower and display it on a website to visualize shower patterns and spending. In addition, our ingenious design would allow for a higher pressure and lower water spending.