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San Antonio, Texas: 2010
Alane Alvarez de Rivera, P.E.
Alane graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She completed a Master's degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1994 and has served on the board of the San Antonio Section of ASCE. Alane is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
What do you like most about engineering? Engineering involves lots of teamwork. I like working as a team where everyone gets to contribute their own expertise in order to achieve one ultimate goal.
Why do you think engineers are important? I think engineers are important because they help makes peoples' every day lives easier and safer.
What kind of engineering do you do at work? I work at the local utility company. I design structures, foundations for the structures, retaining walls, driveways and drainage systems. I also develop permits that are required for construction that makes sure the construction is executed in a manner that is safe for the environment.
What were your favorite subjects in school? I really liked math. Although I wasn't very good with math at first, I never gave up trying to learn it. Eventually I got to the point where I learned to appreciate it, and then learning it became natural to me.
Raymundo Rivera, P.E.
Raymundo graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed a Master of Business Administration degree at University of Texas at San Antonio. He completed a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) since 1996. Raymundo is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
What do you like most about engineering? I like being able to work with math and science, and computers all at once.
Why do you think engineers are important? Engineers are important because they invent things.
What are you most interested in when it comes to engineering? I am very interested in the medical devices engineers make which you will see at the doctor's office or hospital. The devices can help doctors determine out what is wrong with the patient, and can even help to save lives.
Phillip graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting. He currently teaches high school art and photography. Phillip also works as a freelance photographer and illustrator.
What made you first get interested in art? Initially as a kid, I moved around quite a bit. Drawing was always a way for me to make new friends.
What do you like most about art? I enjoy the therapeutic quality of art. Whether it's an illustration, a painting, a photograph, I'm intrigued by the creative process.