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Yvette was involved with MESA while in high school and as an engineering student at Fresno State University. By the time she graduate in spring 2018 she had racked up a computer engineering degree, math and Chinese minors, two internships with Raytheon Missile Systems and a full time gig at Northrop Grumman.

Yvette completed the circle as an undergrad by volunteering with local high school MESA students.

“My favorite part about volunteering is meeting new students — I see myself in them. As a student you’d get to professionals that are “real engineers” and  I’m that person now. That’s exciting.”

Yvette followed her older sister (another MESA alumna) into engineering, becoming first-generation college students. When their parents emigrated from a small town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico they had only elementary school level education. But the successes of their children and the satisfaction of education pushed them forward in the United States. Yvette’s dad earned certification as a mechanic and her mom is working towards a GED.

Now Yvette is off to start her career at Northop Grumman and look toward the future. She plans to attend grad school at some point and wants to use her Chinese language skills in her work.

Connect with Yvette on LinkedIn.