Adriana Blanco (BS '14)

A portrait of Adriana Blanco smiling while dressed in business professional clothes.

She graduated first in her class at Lake Worth High School and had a penchant for math, so it seemed like a good bet that Adriana Blanco would earn a degree in that discipline at Texas Woman’s University and then teach.

But while she was studying math, she learned about a dual-degree program between TWU and the University of North Texas that could put her on a path to a career in engineering. And it was through a mentor at TWU that she made a connection to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island, which provided her with a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Blanco now leads a team that tests sonar interfaces on submarines for the U.S. Navy.

“I truly believe my education and experiences at TWU really gave me that edge,” says Blanco, who graduated in 2014.

Blanco credits her mentors at TWU and her experience as a Campus Activities Board president for providing the foundation for her leadership skills. It was her mentors who kept her on track academically, took a personal interest in her success and exposed her to a network of professionals.

By learning in the TWU culture of empowering everyone -- especially women -- to pursue their aspirations, I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

That level of involvement inspired her to help others. Last year, Blanco became involved in a pilot program aimed at engaging middle school girls to become interested in science, engineering, technology and math. “I remember at their age, I never considered going into STEM, so just the exposure really broadened their mind to the possibility.” Now, she has a message that she believes resonates well with that group.

“By learning in the TWU culture of empowering everyone -- especially women -- to pursue their aspirations, I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to,” Blanco says.

Page last updated 9:00 AM, September 14, 2018