In the top 2 percent of the engineering class from 2016-2017, Hernandez graduates with a 3.91 GPA. After his freshman year, Hernandez worked with Richard Stone, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, on engineering solutions for animal shelters around Iowa.
During his time at Iowa State, Hernandez received multiple honors and awards, most notably the McNair Scholar of the Year Award and George Washington Carver Outstanding Achievement Award. After graduation, Hernandez will work at Boeing as an intern and then go on to University of Central Florida to pursue a Ph.D. in industrial engineering.
“Mr. Hernandez is simply one of the best students I have encountered,” said Stone. “He is, at the core, a good, honorable person, a leader, teacher and friend to all.”