Patricia Garcia
Place Of Birth
Miami
Family heritage
Cuba and Nicaragua
Bio
I am a majoring in mechanical engineering within the Honors College at Florida International University. My career goals as a mechanical engineer ultimately consist of engineering the next technology for implantable and assistive medical devices, such as medical robotics for rehabilitation. During my time in high school at Young Women's Preparatory Academy in Miami, FL, my passion for research emerged. I was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute High School Scholar in which I conducted neuroscience research at the University of Miami. Upon high school graduation I was offered a research position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where I worked in a tissue engineering lab with hopes of developing a regenerative heart failure. Upon completion of my first year, I was awarded a research position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where I worked on a biomechanics project that consisted of engineering 3D skeletal muscle tissue. As part of my studies in engineering, I became a part of the Society of Women Engineers in which I facilitate K-12 outreach programs to help inspire the next generation of women in engineering and technology. Throughout my time at the undergraduate level, I have made it a priority to give back to my community in forms of outreach and mentorship as many did of me when I once needed it.
Current job
Research Intern
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
Growing up in a society where STEM pervasively attained the erroneous stereotype of being a field “better suited for boys,” I questioned if this was the right path of study for me. After much reflection and self-analysis, I knew I would not let societal influences, such as the constraining power of current stereotypes, deter me from what I passionately love. I have consistently lived by the famous Gandhi quote which reads "Be the change you wish to see in the world" and that is exactly what I do till this say. I would recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls because there is an endless amount of possibilities to be an agent of change for society. In a field dominated by men, it is essential to remember that girls unique perspectives are needed across the STEM fields.

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