Carrying the Creative Spark

I grew up in a small town named Diezmero, where inventing was a hobby for everybody. That remote place located in La Habana, Cuba, was the cradle of my vision as a designer. Cubans have always been self-taught designers and engineers because they learn these things to survive. Since I inherited this feature, I was always building models of wooden ships and planes. When I watched the movie Titanic, I realized I wanted to become an engineer and create a vessel that could surpass any engineering barrier to prevent another similar catastrophe from happening.


While living in the U.S. I enrolled in Miami Lakes Tech gaining proficiencies in graphic design and drafting. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering in the Honors College at Miami-Dade College where I’ve published my research on Lithium batteries for electric vehicles. I have participated in the Washington Center Seminar, United Nations Millennium Campus Conference, and 2015 Mathematics Olympics. Also, during the summer of 2015, I completed undergraduate research in Quantum Computing at St. Thomas University, which was sponsored by United States Department of Education and MDC North-STEM TRAC. During my research, I learned of the application of Quantum Computing for the defense industry, specifically the F-35, the most advanced military aircraft in the United States Navy.

Presently, I am applying my creative skills in Local Motors and in the International Vehicle Committee where I’m inspiring designers locally and globally to forge ways of saving the environment by replacing the use of internal combustion engine cars with sustainable vehicles. I earned the Presidential Service Award and was named a Pearson inaugural Scholar, an honor only given to 10 students nation-wide.

After all, it seems my childhood dreams and all the inventive heritage of my native people could be consolidated into a real outcome. The creative spark I carry in my veins together with the knowledge gathered in this land of opportunities will finally give birth to marvelous innovations.

As one of the officers of Phi Theta Kappa-Mu Epsilon Chapter, I applied and was awarded the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education. This has been an incredible honor because it will allow me to finish my Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor’s Degree when I transfer to a four-year university. In addition, the complimentary books that come with the scholarship have been a useful gift since most of the books and online access codes I use are from Pearson. I am extremely thankful with Pearson and Phi Theta Kappa for choosing me as one of the Pearson Scholars.

Another piece to the Pearson Scholarship is the connection with a mentor. I believe that the Pearson mentorship program is amazing because it allows you to connect to a professional from Pearson. This experience has given me the opportunity to share my major goals with my Pearson mentor. For example, during last session, I learned a lot regarding publications from my mentor because I am planning to write a book next year about Concept Design. This book will be a How-To-Design series including all transportation industries (automotive, naval, aerospace, etc.).

Ariel is one of ten recipients of the 2015 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education. Each Pearson Scholar is paired with a Pearson professional mentor who provides support as Scholars progress toward degree completion. Learn more about the Pearson Scholarship here. We are incredibly proud of all the Pearson Scholars. Please check back as we continue to highlight each scholar’s story!