Q&A with Argali MoctezumaMay 15, 2019
Meet Argali Moctezuma, a senior studying electrical engineering at UTSA. She enjoys applying what she’s learned in her courses to serve the community and mentor young women who are interested in studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
What brought you to UTSA and why did you decide to study electrical engineering?
I liked that UTSA’s engineering program wasn’t that large and had smaller classes. I chose electrical engineering because I always liked math, and when I took physics, I liked learning about electrons.
What do you like most about your program?
My favorite things are the professors and the EPICS pilot program. With EPICS, I’ve worked with the DoSeum, a local kids science museum, to integrate engineering projects into community service.
What student clubs or internships have you been a part of at UTSA?
I’m a member of Eta Kappa Nu, a computer and electrical engineering honors society, and serve as a college ambassador. As an ambassador, I do a lot of community outreach, volunteer at on-campus events and work with high school robotics teams. I also tutor at the tutoring center for the College of Engineering. Recently, I was offered an internship to work at Freese and Nichols this summer working on their wastewater electrical design.
Any impactful stories that you’d like to share about your involvement at UTSA?
I volunteered at a Brandeis High School robotics competition and a high school girl came up to me. She talked about how inspiring I was to her. It was then that I realized I could be a mentor to young women who are interested in STEM.
Any advice you would give to Future Roadrunners?
Listen to the advice you receive from your parents and mentors – they’re usually right! Also, get involved and remember that it’s important to focus on school, but it’s also important to take care of yourself.
My mom would always tell me that I could do anything I want—if I worked hard and put in the effort. Whenever I feel like giving up, I hear those words and I’m able to carry on. It’s gotten me this far.