Miriam Casas

Miriam Casas

Name: Miriam Casas
Age: 21
Major: Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
Class: Senior
College: College of Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Edinburg, Texas
High School: South Texas World Scholars, Edinburg, Texas 

I chose to attend UTRGV because it was close to home. After my first semester, I really developed a huge appreciation for the university that offered a great education at a great price. 

What made you decide on your current major?
I’ve always been passionate about space exploration. When I was younger, I’d read books that my parents had discussing the inventions and innovations that allowed mankind to learn about space. Even though I like space exploration, I also understand the importance of caring for Earth in the present. A degree in Mechanical Engineering will allow me to achieve my goal of working in an industry that drives the curiosity of man and hopefully I can invent new ways of space exploration that won’t harm our current planet.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I have so many goals when it comes to my career. My goal is to work with an aerospace or aviation agency with either design or testing of aircraft. Eventually, I’d also like to get private and commercial pilot licenses - a lifelong dream of mine. During my time in college so far, I realized that I enjoy learning new things on all kinds of subjects. I’d love to come back to the structured college setting to major in aerospace engineering. As excited as I am to complete my Mechanical Engineering degree, if given the chance, I’d probably spend my whole life in school learning about all my other interests too. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
I appreciate the quality of education that I’m receiving. I’ve had amazing professors who are a great support system and are very passionate about what they teach. Working as an Involvement Ambassador, I also have amazing supervisors, who work with me and encourage me to grow in both my personal and professional development. There are also so many opportunities for everyone.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means being proud of my heritage, achievements, and everything that I’ve worked for.  It’s great to attend an institution that has a diverse culture and supports their students.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
Through campus employment, I’ve met so many people who have similar work ethics to mine. It’s been a great opportunity to make new friends with my coworkers. The opportunities I’ve had from involvement in organizations are also great. I’ve met so many people who are in the same field of study as I am. I’m currently the vice president of NASA MINDS, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of being a leader and helping others reach their leadership potential.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
Be passionate about what you’re learning. Obstacles are inevitable. If you’re passionate about what you’re learning or doing and you encounter an obstacle, take time to recover, but don’t give up. No dream is too small if you’re willing to put in the effort and time. Do not be afraid or too proud to ask for help, whether it be from friends or professionals that can help in your personal and professional elements. Be kind.