Emily Almaraz

San Diego, CA, US
Field of Work 
Mechanical Engineering
Solar Turbines Inc.
Job Title or "Student" 
Staff Design Engineer
University of California, San Diego
Mechanical Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hello! My name is Emily and I am a Design Engineer at Solar Turbines Inc. in San Diego, CA. I grew up in Orange County and attended an arts high school where I studied Creative Writing. My favorite class in high school was physics and I was thinking of majoring in that, but my physics teacher suggested that I major in mechanical engineering since I did not want to go into research. I attended UC San Diego as a Mechanical Engineer and graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2011. College was challenging but I made some great friends, formed study groups, and was able to graduate with over a 3.1 GPA. I've worked at Solar for 2 years and am really enjoying it here. I just finished a rotation program where I spent 6 months in different groups to learn what they do and what I like to do. I'm really involved in our Society of Women Engineers group at work and love helping out with community outreach events to get students interested in engineering. Outside of work I volunteer as a tutor, train for 5K races, play with my dog, and work on wedding planning with my fiance.
Pets, Reading, Sports, Acting
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, Job shadow, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 1-2 times.
Evenings, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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