California State University Maritime AcademyTELACU Scholar
Samuel Rodriguez and his family faced financial
setbacks when his mother lost her job due to
illness and was unable to work for four years.
Fortunately, she recovered and the struggles his
family endured have made them stronger.
He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in
mechanical engineering at California State
University Maritime Academy with minors
in business administration and mathematics.
During his junior year, Samuel joined the 2019
Collegiate Wind Competition team, researching
and implementing a never-before-attempted
motor-startup design in competition that
became integral to his team’s turbine system.
Samuel volunteers with Rebuilding Together
Solano County and tutors fellow cadets on
math, science and engineering. He serves
as vice president of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers’ student chapter at Cal
Maritime, is a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority
Participation PROUD Scholar and a member of
Pi Tau Sigma.
After graduation, Samuel hopes to work in the
energy industry before returning to school to
pursue a graduate degree.