Diego Mendez has seen firsthand the proverbial light-bulb moments when younger students realize the enormous possibilities of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
A master's student in computer and information technology (CIT), Mendez is certain that the path to a better life has direct links to technology. So certain, in fact, that on a trip home to Ecuador, he and his wife, Mayari Serrano, a fall 2013 CIT prospective student, shared their conviction. They visited a school there to encourage the students — many of whom don't go beyond seventh grade — to pursue STEM studies. For Diego, who will begin work after his May graduation at Zimmer Corp. in Warsaw, Ind., that one effort at engagement with young students promises to be a lifelong commitment.
Read Mendez's full story on Purdue's "5 Students Who" site.