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Rudy Torres

Rudy Torres
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering

Rudy’s undergraduate research topic is Solar and Biofuels Research.

“I get to apply the concepts that I learn in my engineering classes, and I get to practice other skills that will improve my overall experience as an engineer.”

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Halil Berberoglu, Mechanical Engineering

Briefly describe your research project.

I worked at Dr. Berberoglu’s lab researching and investigating the properties of asphalt and thinking of a way to convert it into a solar collector.

What was the most rewarding part of your research experience?

I get to apply the concepts that I learn in my engineering classes, and I get to practice other skills that will improve my overall experience as an engineer. I also got the opportunity to travel to Ankara, Turkey, to take a Solar Energy Conversion Systems class at the Middle Eastern Technical University, and it was an amazing experience.

How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?

I get more out of academics and have become more responsible. My GPA has gone up since I started working in research.

Do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future? If so, how?

I plan on going to graduate school, where I will be involved in challenging research projects, so having involved myself in research as an undergraduate student has definitely helped me prepare for when that time comes.

What advice would you give to incoming and current students about getting involved in research?

There are so many professors at UT looking for enthusiastic students; just let them know how interested you are in their work. UT is a great University to attend, and working in research will help you get the most out of your experience.