Luis Delgado

Graduate Assistant

My journey to the Leonhard Center:

I am a 3rd-year graduate student in the Mechanical engineering department, and I joined the Leonhard Center as a Graduate Research Assistant in Fall 2022. As a first-generation Mexican-American, I became the first in my family to receive a four-year college degree in the U.S. when I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. After some time in the industry, I enrolled in Penn State and completed a master's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Public Policy. Presently, I’m pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Engineering Education.

I seek to enhance the learning of students to both empower the next generation of engineers and to provide a more equitable and inclusive experience for all students. My doctoral research duties will identify opportunities to acknowledge and address DEI issues that are already present, or absent, from existing engineering contexts. Additionally, I am actively involved in the organizations that foster equitable and inclusive communities for marginalized graduate students, and educational outreach programs designed to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented students.

Luis is passionate about:

  • Engineering education
  • Culturally relevant teaching and learning
  • Diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Graduate education
  • Community building
  • Football (soccer)

Proud moments:

  • Paul H. Schweitzer Memorial Graduate Fellowship in the College of Engineering (Summer 2022)
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar
  • Penn State University College of Engineering: Bunton-Waller Fellowship (Fall 2020)
  • Penn State University Graduate School: Robert W. Graham Graduate Fellowship (Fall 2020)
  • The National GEM Consortium - GEM Fellow (2018)
  • UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering: Outstanding Performance Award (Fall 2016)
  • UTEP College of Engineering: Dept of Mech. Eng. Top Graduating Senior (Class Rank: 1/52)

Favorite Leonhard Center Halloween costume:

Gaston - Beauty & the Beast (2022)

Leonhard Center Halloween Costume

What to contact Luis for:

Email Luis if you want to learn more about working as a graduate student in the Leonhard Center or about events/activities/programs for engineering graduate sessions!

Luis Delgado


The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. Its mission is to catalyze the changes that are crucial to maintaining world-class engineering education at Penn State. In 2006 the Leonhard Center became the home for two other major programs that support teaching and learning in the College - the Office of Assessment & Instructional Support and Programs for Engineering Writing & Speaking.

The Leonhard Center

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