Peter Riojas


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Class of: 2018

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Why did you choose mechanical engineering? 
I have always been interested in the mechanisms that drive today's society. I was drawn to mechanical engineering so that I could design the technological mechanisms that progress society forward.

Why did you choose Texas A&M University? 
I chose Texas A&M, so that I could gain one of the best educational opportunities in Mechanical Engineering, while being exposed to a diverse population of peers. Other universities do not have the open and friendly environment that A&M provides, so I knew that I wanted to experience college around others that are different than myself.

What was the best part of your experience in the Texas A&M MEEN department? 
Every professor that I have had within the Mechanical Engineering school has truly wanted to pass down take-aways to the students. In each of my MEEN classes, the professors have correlated what we are studying to real life scenarios or problems that arise within the engineering field. This has kept my interest in each class deep, and has made me excited each semester for the following classes.

Why did you become a MEEN Ambassador? 
I enjoy mentoring, and I know how much this university has given to me, so I hoped to pay all this forward. Serving as a Mechanical Engineering Ambassador has provided me the opportunity to represent and serve the program that has given me so much.

What research, work, and/or study abroad experiences have you had? 
I worked for a year in a Materials Science lab, researching Metallic Glass. I also had an internship for Martinrea International, where I worked on the drive train and suspension for upcoming vehicles.

If you could give one piece of advice to incoming MEEN students, what would it be? 
Develop your study habits early. The quicker you can reduce the stress that is accompanied by classes, the more you will thank yourself in the future.

What organizations are you a part of or have you been a part of? Have you or do you currently hold an officer position? 
In the past, I have been a part of MSC FISH, a Freshman leadership organization. I also have served as the Vice-President of One Army: a men's service and leadership organization.

Are you a transfer student? Did you participate in the entry to major process? 
I participated in the entry to major process.