Perfecto Villarreal Graduate Scholar (2016, 2017)
From Contra Costa College, Robin first became a Kennedy King Scholar in 2012. Since then, Robin has earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from San Francisco State University. He currently is earning his Master of Science degree at San Jose State University in Water Resource Engineering. A primary area of research is understanding the effects of climate change in Arctic ecosystems. Robin was awarded a White House Presidential Service Award for completion of 100+ hours of community service through a service organization (Alpha Phi Omega). Robin volunteers as a mentor for the METAS program where he is the lead 4th and 5th Grade instructor involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM). Currently, he is a research associate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, where he may remain after graduating. He is also considering a PhD, and is being actively recruited by UTEP and Syracuse for their doctoral programs.
Phillips 66 Scholar (2012)
Mr. Lopez persevered through a rough upbringing. The traumatizing death of his best friend motivated him to seek academic achievement and elevate his life. A first generation college student who must work to support himself, he is a talented musician, member of the Center for Science Excellence at CCC, and a civil engineering major. He is vice president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society and is one of the co-founders of the college’s Engineering & Math Club.