College of Engineering – Class of 2020


Hello graduates, initiates, family and friends. To all our graduates, I’d like to say that
this is truly a special time and I’m sorry that we can’t celebrate in person. However, we still want to celebrate your wonderful
accomplishment and until the time that we can celebrate in person, we are honoring you
with this video. Conferral of an Engineering degree is a milestone
marking a great accomplishment and signifies your entry into a wonderfully rewarding profession. The Engineer’s Council for Professional
Development, describes the engineering profession as having five attributes. Paraphrasing the second attribute: The engineering
profession includes activity, exercise at a high intellectual plane where A) the knowledge
and skills are not common in the general public but are the result of experience acquired
through special discipline of education. And B) The practice of engineering requires the body
of distinctive knowledge or science and art; the creativity to acquire the science in you
in effective ways. So welcome to this distinguished proof. This is an important philosophy to internalize
at this point in time. Although life has changed significantly, remember
that coming out the other side of this, which we will, you are well-equipped to join the
workforce in a different capacity as the member of the engineering profession. To the Order of Engineering Initiates, today
you become a member of the order. A group much bigger than one individual, one
degree or one graduating class. It’s all the people in the order (Past,
Present and Future) that practice engineering. The Ring is a public invisible symbol of your
commitment to the profession and the oath. The oath is a lifelong commitment, so I welcome
you as a fellow member of the order. Congratulations, we’re proud of you and
GO MINERS! Hello everyone. My name is Paola Perez, I will be receiving
or will have received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering depending on when
you watch this video. As we move forward from the place that the
majority of us have called home for several years, I want us to reflect on our experiences
at UTEP. Think about all the friendships we made, the
mentors that supported us throughout our academic endeavors and all the people that had an impact
in our scholastic careers. During my years at UTEP, I’ve come to understand
what resiliency really is. Resiliency is about the time I joined too
many extracurricular activities only to realize I needed to refocus on my academics. It’s about the time I took the class that
made me rethink my major and questioned my abilities as an engineer. It’s about waking up early enough to get to
my 7:30 AM classes. It’s about letting go of toxic relationships. It’s about realizing that mental health is
just as important as physical health. Resiliency is really about knowing when to
step back in order to move forward. Finding gratitude and appreciation is key
to being resilient, especially during these uncertain times. Be proud of all the ventures you have accomplished
and always strive for more. Congratulate yourself for all the challenges
you took on, and then once you were brave enough to step away from. This is a remarkable accomplishment of great
significance for us and our loved ones. Congratulations, fellow engineers. We made it! Dear initiates, professionals and graduates. You will be receiving your stainless-steel
ring soon that symbolizes your ethical responsibility to the profession. So, without further ado, please join me as
we recite the Obligation of the Engineer together. I am an Engineer. In my profession, I take deep pride. To it, I owe solemn obligations. As an engineer, I pledge to practice integrity
and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and dignity
of my profession. Conscious always that my skill carries with
it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of the Earth’s precious wealth. As an engineer, I shall participate in none
but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall
be given, without reservation, for the good. In the performance of duty, and in fidelity
to my profession, I shall give my utmost. Initiates, you have now been formally initiated
into a most honorable profession. Never lose sight of your responsibility and
privilege. Wear your ring as a reminder of your calling. Display your certificate. It is your creed. Both your ring and certificate should be regarded
with humility and worn with pride as you are engineer. Congratulations to all and thank you! To the College of Engineering graduates of
2020. You have reached a huge milestone and it’s
probably a milestone that you thought about even in your elementary school and high school
years. As you well know, engineers are known for
solving problems and you’ve obviously been solving problems through your career. I encourage you to continue on that track
until you get your PE, Professional Engineer designation. And I would also encourage you to come to
the University, and, mentor some students that were in the same position as you. Mentorship is a wonderful way to help bring
along some additional engineers. You guys are standing well above everybody
else as the College of Engineering is probably one of the hardest colleges at any university
campus. You’ve done well! I encourage you to continue. Wish you well. Congratulations and be sure to say thank you
to your professors and thank you to your parents. Have a wonderful, wonderful day. Hi there. My name is Noel Longuemare. It’s a real honor for me to have been asked
to speak with you today. I’m also without doubt the oldest person you’re
going to hear from, and it’s probably a good thing that there are not any more. You know, back when I was in college, we used
to carry slide rules hung from our belt. This was a badge of honor that we displayed
in order to show that we were engineering. Today, I wouldn’t be at all surprised that
very few of you even know how to use a slide rule and even if you did, it would be of very
little practical value. I bring this up to emphasize a very important
challenge that you’re going to be facing. As all of you know, the technology explosion
is expanding at an exponential rate, the knowledge and the world is doubling every few years
and there’s no end in sight. Even while you were here at UTEP for the last
four or five years, a lot has happened. This raises a legitimate question. How well prepared are you going to be to enter
the workforce as an engineer given all that has changed? In reality, even though you’re graduating
as an engineer, your education process has just begun. You have just begun to learn. You’re about to enter a very steep learning
curve and probably will learn something new every day. I know this has been true for me for my entire
career. Fortunately, UTEP has taught you one skill
that is probably more important than any other. It has taught you how to learn. It has also given you some very basic tools
to help in that process. Now, right now, of course, we’re plagued with
the coronavirus, but this is a temporary set of problems that’s going to go away. All of you can really look forward to a very
exciting and bright future. Fortunately, the technology revolution is
creating new jobs, new opportunities every day and a lot of these are going to be in
fields and areas that none of us can even imagine right now. So, when you’re presented with an opportunity,
as you step out into the workforce, go for it. Take those challenges and don’t be concerned
because just remember life is an ongoing learning process. The nice thing about it too is it can be a
lot of fun along the way. Again, it’s been a real honor for me to have
had the privilege of speaking with you. I know each one of you can look forward to
a very bright and exciting future, even though there’s not going to be any formal graduation
ceremony. Savor the moment. Enjoy this very special time as you take this
next step into the future and as usual, remember, Go Miners! This month, a very selected group of women
and men from The University of Texas at El Paso will be graduating with engineering degrees. I want to congratulate you for having achieved
your goals. I also want to welcome you to the engineering
profession. We need your talent, your knowledge, your
skills, your ingenuity and your ideas to address the current and the future challenges that
our profession is facing. On behalf of the department of Civil Engineering,
I want to wish you a lot of success in the future of your careers, wherever life takes
you. I also want to encourage you to stay in touch
with us. We want to know about what you are doing and
we want to know about your future achievements because this is not the first time that we
will be bragging about you. Good luck! On behalf of the faculty and staff at the
Computer Science department, I would like to wish each and every one of you, our Spring
2020 graduates the best of luck in the future. This is a bittersweet moment for all of us. While we are disappointed to have missed the
chance to be with you and to congratulate you during graduation ceremonies. We are absolutely thrilled for all your accomplishments
and are extremely proud of each and every one of you. We hope that you will continue to show the
same level of resiliency and grit you have shown over the past few years. We also hope that you will remain connected
with the department, and to share your successes with all of us and with future generations
of computer science students. Best of luck, and congratulations again. Go Miners! Greetings to our graduating students and their
families who are joining us today to celebrate this important milestone in the life of our
students who soon will be receiving their bachelor, masters or doctoral degrees in the
College of Engineering. I want to particularly give my regards to
the students of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want
to congratulate you in this joyous occasion. Getting a college degree is a remarkable achievement. It shows your commitment and resiliency to
meet your personal and professional goals. This is more remarkable in these challenging
times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will now become UTEP ambassadors wherever
you go. Whether it is a job in industry or continue
your education in a graduate or a professional school. Your UTEP education gives you the tools to
succeed. Drop us a note about your achievements. We’re looking forward to hear them. We wish you the best. Take care, be safe and Go Miners! IMSE Class 2020, congratulations on the completion
of your study. Your hard work finally paid off. I would like to take this opportunity to thank
all parents, faculty and staff members who support our graduate. Without you and these provisions our kids
won’t be able to acquire a degree today. Here, I would like to provide my professional
advice. The SWL (S: Stop; W: Watch and L: Listen)
principle when you encounter life difficulty, stop complaining and watch how people doing
better and listen to the good advice. During this COVID-19 pandemic period, please
protect yourself. I wish you and your family all the best. GO Miner! Class of 2020, congratulations on your hard
work and the achievement you’ve made in getting your bachelor’s degree in engineering. We are so proud of all you’ve done. I know this path has been marked with many
challenges and also things that you had to overcome to get to this point and that’s something
to be very proud of. I know when I graduated, the world was before
me, and I encourage you to take advantage of all the great opportunities that exist
out there. More than anything else, I hope you’ll remember
where you started from, and remember that UTEP is always here to support you in any
achievement you make, so as you go forward, remember, we’re one proud Miner Nation, so
as you go forward, keep your head up and always remember to Go Miners! Well, congratulations on this significant
milestone in your life. While you know, arguably this is not an ideal
situation and at the risk of sounding a bit, hackey, I think, I like to suggest that there’s
a possible silver lining to the situation we are in. This, presently in this year. So, UTEP and Mechanical Engineering students
in particular have always impressed me with an outstanding degree of persistence and resilience
to adversity in general. And this has always been recognized highly
by faculty and by employers. And also, this is probably one of the more
important characteristic traits that engineers can possess and in particular into their success. So, I just wanted to share with you a poem
by Longfellow I think does a better job probably illustrating this attribute than I can. So, this is called Success. We have not wings, and we cannot soar; But
we have feet to scale and climb. By slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy
summits of our time. The mighty pyramids of stone that wedge-like
cleave the desert airs, when nearer seen, and better known, are but gigantic flights
of stairs. The distant mountains, that uprear Their solid
bastions to the skies, are crossed by pathways, that appear. As we to higher levels rise. The heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were
toiling upward in the night. So, you know, as you live here, I think you
possibly benefit from added persistence in light of this year’s events, both, throughout
the world, the nation and in El Paso. And look upon that as a strength that you
have moving forward. You know, so maybe in the words of another
poet, more align with the theme of this, or thoughts event. Do or do not. There is no try. This is a happy time as we celebrate our Spring
2020 graduates earning degrees in Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering, Biomedical Engineering minors, Master of Science in Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering, Ph.D.s in Material Science and Engineering and Ph.D.s in Biomedical Engineering. Based on the foundational knowledge you’ve
gained while at the University of Texas at El Paso, you will soon be working on exciting
and innovative solutions by designing and creating new materials for medical, structural,
and extreme conditions, examining failures, identifying causes and making recommendations
to avoid them in the future. Mining and creating processes for efficiently
producing materials for the benefit of society and studying diseases, biomaterials and methods
to help individuals overcome medical challenges. We celebrate your achievements and offer sincere
congratulations to all our graduates from the Metallurgical Materials and Biomedical
Engineering department. Congratulations and Go Miners!

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