Thursday, November 10, 2016

#LeTourneauBuilt

We are recruiting future students to LeTourneau with new marketing materials that tell the world we are the Christian polytechnic university. We are a community of builders and have been for 70 years. Our alumni tell our story of engaging students with Christian virtue and professional competence.

In 1998, Juan M. "Nacho" Lopez arrived at LETU as a 16-year-old missionary kid from Mexico who had not lived in the U.S. since he was 9. He said he knew immediately he made the right choice through the brotherhood, kinship and mentorship he found.

He tells of the faculty and staff at LETU who built into his life some important life lessons. He cited Gerrie Forbis for modeling that "true love for students can be worn on the sleeve and shine like a beacon for all to see." He credited faculty for lessons taught in and outside the classroom. Each had built a legacy in this student's life.

"I appreciate those faculty who pushed me into taking the professional engineer's exam and who taught me to enjoy subjects that were not appealing, and to power through even distasteful work and turn out the best work I could produce," he wrote.

The #LeTourneauBuilt life that Lopez leads today includes being a tenured professor and the youngest person to hold the office of academic director and program chair for graduate biomedical engineering at UPAEP (Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla) in Puebla, Mexico.

He is an accredited scientist in Mexico with a federal fellowship distinction, one of about 165 in the state of Puebla. He is a charter member of two research and academic foundations, one of which is a new national research network for Mexico spanning more than 40 universities in Mexico and around the world. He serves as a charter member and advisor to the UPAEP Office of Technology Transfer, serves on the UPAEP Advisory Council for Research, and serves as the external science representative for the State of Puebla's only federally-accredited research IRB for the Health Secretariat for Puebla, Mexico.

"I am someone willing to put my best effort forward, and hope that every day is a testimony to the lives of those who have poured their own lives into preparing mine," Lopez said. "Each person's own story at LETU intersected with mine and gave me a treasure to cherish. Their time, love, faith, and investment in me is something that I hope to pay forward with each and every one of my days."

Let's celebrate the lives that are #LeTourneauBuilt.