We are always glad to hear from our SEA alumni. It is great to learn of all the wonderful things they are doing after high school. This is certainly true of some of our recent class of 2011 visitors, Carolina Lopez-Trevino, Brandon Martinez, and Micah Nishigaki.
Carolina is majoring in computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent the summer of 2013 in Spain at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia working with the Graphic Technology Group on glasses for the blind that convert digital maps into acoustic maps. She worked on implementing a stereocamera calibration algorithm for the glasses and plans on continuing the project this year at MIT.
Brandon, a student at Columbia University, is majoring in computer science with a minor in Latin American studies. He was back in San Antonio during the summer to work with the Pre-Freshmen Engineering Program (PREP) as a Program Assistant at the UTSA 1604 Campus. He worked with 20 high school students helping them each design and code their own computer games using GameMaker 8.1 software when he wasn’t taking an intensive Salsa Dance class to hone his skills.
Micah, also a student at MIT majoring in brain and cognitive sciences, spent all summer in Japan at Riken (Japan's largest comprehensive research institution) doing Alzheimers research. She was also able to do some great site seeing in Tokyo, Kyoto, and several other cities.
Sharjeel Syed, valedictorian of the class of 2012, recently visited the SEA as well. He worked all summer at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. Sharjeel was exploring how different genotoxins affect various DNA repair pathways and inhibit cell growth. He was endowed a full scholarship to Dartmouth where he maintains a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in Biology and Economics. Sharjeel plans on working on a MD/MBA after completing his studies at Dartmouth with the ultimate goal of becoming a cardiologist.
Every January on the first Friday of school we invite our recent alumni to campus for a luncheon to learn of all their wonderful experiences. If you are a SEA alumni please contact Mr. Sumpter or call the SEA office at 210-397-2773 to let us know how you are doing and/or for more details about the luncheon.