Mazama alumnus delivers commencement speech at Oregon Institute of Technology ceremony
June 12, 2022KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon – In 2018, Mariano Segura graduated farewell from Mazama High School and was one of five students to receive a DeArmond Manufacturing Fellow*, which offered him a four-year scholarship to the Oregon Institute of Technology and gave him the chance to study mechanical engineering and do an internship at the university. Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D).
Segura graduated from Oregon Tech Saturday with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, and was selected to represent his College as a graduate speaker at the 2022 College of Engineering, Technology, and Management Awards. delivering his speech, he shared what he learned during his time at Oregon Tech, OMIC and various internships and reminded graduates that there is always something to learn from the world around them.
“Regardless of our backgrounds and differences in our journey to get here, we can all consider this: staying lifelong students, doing what you love, and staying optimistic in an ever-changing world,” Segura said. “One thing that has occurred to me throughout my life is that there is always something to learn from the world around us.”
While at Mazama, Segura participated in many academic and leadership activities and completed several college courses at Oregon Tech and Klamath Community College. He continued his success at Oregon Tech, graduating magna cum laude with awards including the Senior President’s Cup and an Outstanding Program Scholar.
A participant in Oregon Tech’s honors program, Segura had the opportunity to meet academic challenges and served the communities of Klamath Falls and Oregon Tech. He was involved with the National Engineering Honors Society Tau Beta Pi, an internship with the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, and was an NAIA National Javelin Competitor for Oregon Tech Track & Field.
As a competitor in the 2021 Catalyse Klamath, Segura and his fiancée, Hanna Wolf (MSREE/ENV), formed the Electrero team. The team’s concept was selected to enter the statewide InventOR Prototype Competition, where they received first place and the People’s Choice Award. Electrorro’s success has continued and they are currently communicating with an advisor to pursue various business opportunities. They also participated and placed in the Catalyze Klamath 2022 competition for their Solaband green innovation concept.
After interning at Virgin Galactic as a mechanical systems design engineer, Segura accepted a job offer to start working in their Tustin, Calif., office in August.
Segura concluded his speech by saying, “The world we live in is constantly changing, and the beauty lies in our ability to adapt. Although we try to prepare for what lies ahead, it is not guaranteed. We must remember to stay fluid with our future and grow from the challenges we face.
Mariano Segura’s speech and recordings of Oregon Tech’s launch ceremonies are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/OitEdu1947.