Fernando Aguilar

Fernando Aguilar

Major: Mechanical Engineering                      Minor: None

Extracurricular Activities:
Member of Valparaiso University Men Swimming Team (2011-2015)
Captain of Valparaiso University Men Swimming Team (2014-2015)
and Disney’s Youth Educational Series Program (2013-2014).

Honors and Awards:
College of Engineering Dean’s List (Fall ’11, Spring ’13, Fall ’14)
Presidential Academic Honors (’13,’14,’15)
Horizon League Academic All-League Recognition (Spring 2013)
and Men’s Swimming Workhorse Award (2012).

Cornelius Inc: Mechanical Engineer Intern in the new product development field (Summer 2014)
and Freyssinet El Salvador (Summer 2012 and 2013): Mechanical Engineer Assistant

Research Interest:
Biomechanics Research: Creating a Metric for Injury Prevention in Student-Athletes by estimating joint contribution and muscle excitation in functional movements. Research conducted under Professor Goehler.

Favorite Quote:
Saber vivir es saber elegir.  Pero para tomar las mejores elecciones debemos estar conscientes de -quiénes somos, qué representamos, hacia dónde queremos llegar y las razones por las cuales queremos hacerlo. – Maria Elisa Aguilar. (Knowing how to live is knowing how to choose. But to make the best decisions in life, we need to be aware of who we are, what we represent, where will we like to reach and the reasons behind this.)

Prospective plan for after graduation:
After graduation, I will be working as an ME in the new product development in Cornelius Inc.  My goal is to work 2-3 years in industry, and then I would like to pursue two different masters: one in engineering and a MBA.

My favorite memory as a Valparaiso University student was to represent the university in two different fields. As a member of the Valparaiso University Swim Team, I was able to experience a collegiate division I sport, but most importantly, I was able to make ever-lasting friendships with my teammates. My favorite memory with them was when they all cheered the Senior class in a 100m freestyle for our last training trip in Florida. Last but not least, I also had the opportunity to travel to two Biomechanics conferences in Oregon and Boston, respectively. In both conferences, we were able to present our undergraduate research, while simultaneously, we were able to learn and experience the vast research that is being conducted in the Biomechanics field. I remember these conferences as if they were yesterday.