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BUILD Students of the Week: April 12, 2019

Every Friday we'll highlight one BUILD Trainee from each of the Learning Communities -- 295, 395 and 495 -- so that you can get to know them better.

UNIV 395

Jose Escobedo

Jose Escobedo
Year One Scholar

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hails from: Los Angeles, Calif.

Research Interests: My research interest is in metamaterials and their applications in robotics and soft robotics

Personal Interests: hiking, reading, watching scary movies and playing dungeons and dragons

Favorite Scientist: Dr. Adam Steltzner, American NASA engineer who worked on several flight projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers

Fun Fact: I was part of the team that designed and developed a rover that won in NASA's Community College Aerospace Scholar Program in 2015

UNIV 495

Rhea Mehta

Rhea Mehta
Year Two Scholar

Major: Psychology

Hails From: Chino Hills, Calif.

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, aging and memory processes

Personal Interests: Dancing, singing, reading, binge-watching Netflix shows, The Bachelor

Favorite Scientist: Dr. Arturo Zavala - My mentor/PI is both an inspiration and great motivation. He has taught me that my passion for my research/what I'm interested in will be the driving force behind my success, and that's helped to shape me into the student I am.

Fun Fact: I'm a triple threat! I started singing, dancing, and acting at the age of 11