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Joshua Chaj Ulloa ’23

Chemical Engineering
San Antonio, TX

Joshua Chaj Ulloa is a senior at UTSA majoring in chemical engineering. He’s part of the ESTEEMED Program, and was also named a Barry Goldwater Scholar in the Spring of 2021. Joshua is part of a specialization subprogram within his major for bioengineering, which allows him to prepare for a future doctoral program where he will research chemical and biological aspects of cardiovascular diseases towards novel engineering of medical devices. Joshua currently works with biomedical engineering professor Jing Yong Ye to lay the groundwork for the use of photonic-crystal biosensors to provide early detection of heart attacks.

Joshua feels strongly about the opportunities he’s found at UTSA, especially as a first-generation Hispanic student. “I have proven to myself that I am capable of succeeding in this field and making these dreams of mine a reality” he says.

Before arriving to UTSA, Joshua did research in high school on cardiovascular diseases, which has affected his family as well as so many in Hispanic populations. Outside of his research, he is currently designing a public awareness campaign service project, for which he was named a United Nations Association Millennium Fellow and UTSA’s Campus Director this year. 

Joshua is one of four students to become a Goldwater Scholar during the Spring 2021 semester, and one of many to find incredible opportunities through research at UTSA.

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