Student Omar Magana, pictured at right, shows off his project from the SPAWAR research program.
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St. Mary’s University President Thomas Mengler describes St. Mary’s University as a gateway to successful careers, and senior Omar Magana is a prime example of this transformative process.
Magana, who’s studying Electrical Engineering and Physics, worked this past summer as a student engineer at the Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego. During his time there, he executed an autonomous 2D soccer simulation in order to analyze the different pathways for sensor data acquisition and time latency between each player.
He also worked with another Navy research group in Monterey, Calif., where he assisted in the programming and troubleshooting of an AUV workbench 3D interface utility.
In summer 2011, he was a student researcher at the Nuclear Physics Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied the half-life of the element Fe-60. Also in 2011, he was a student analyst in the Research and Imaging Department of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). There he studied patients with bipolar disorder and variations of gray matter in the cerebral cortex.
St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.