Mechanical engineering grad learns the true which means of resilience


Jesus Gutierrez Plascencia’s mother and father determined to maneuver from Guadalajara, Mexico to the Central Valley in 2013 so their youngsters would have higher instructional alternatives. It had been eight years for the reason that California native had returned to the USA.

When Plascencia and his household offered their paperwork to an officer to cross the border, he heard his mom communicate with a cracked voice. Though he was off form talking English, Plascencia stepped in and responded to the officer’s inquiries. 

Plascencia stated he respectfully stood his floor and used each piece of vocabulary he knew to make himself understood. After about 20 minutes of questioning from the officer, Plascencia and his household have been allowed to enter.

“I cherish this second as essentially the most distinguished instance of the significance of exhibiting resilience upon any problem,” Plascencia stated.

This month, Plascencia will graduate with a grasp’s diploma in mechanical engineering. The Lyles School of Engineering graduation ceremony is at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Could 21, on the Save Mart Heart. Plascencia, who was a Graduate Dean’s Medalist nominee for the Lyles School, beforehand earned his bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering from Fresno State in 2020.

Returning to California to pursue schooling

Plascencia was a junior in highschool when he moved again to California, and was immediately challenged with re-learning English and accepting that he and his household could be staying within the Valley. In school, he struggled in his math lessons and continuously stayed after class for help. This sparked his curiosity in engineering.

When Plascencia started attending Fresno State in 2015, he knew he wished to pursue a profession in engineering however wasn’t fairly positive which route to go in.

“Selecting between all of the engineering choices was onerous however I began to love mechanical extra, particularly as a result of I favored that concept that it encompassed nearly the whole lot so having that selection is what made me keep it up ultimately,” Plascencia stated. 

In 2020, Plascencia determined to go to graduate college and acquired the CSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. The fellowship gives help and steerage for underrepresented graduate college students whereas making use of for a doctoral program.

“Jesus is a really motivated and pushed scholar who would work days and nights to get issues performed, so I launched him to the fellowship as a result of I believed he was a fantastic candidate,” stated Dr. Sankha Banarjee of the Mechanical Engineering Division.

Plascencia stated the fellowship has helped him deal with his analysis on micro/nanoscale warmth and mass switch alongside Dr. Zhi Liang of the Mechanical Engineering Division whereas finishing his diploma on time. Plascencia’s work targeting finding out interfacial thermal resistance, additionally known as Kapitza resistance, on liquid-gas interfaces and its impact on nanodroplet evaporation charges. 

Plascencia has revealed work in journals such because the Worldwide Journal of Warmth and Mass Switch and the Journal of Chemical Physics. In 2021, he offered on the Worldwide Mechanical Engineering Convention and Exposition. He additionally acquired the Excellent Graduate Oral Presentation award on the forty second Annual Central California Analysis Symposium.

“Noticing he was top-of-the-line college students in my class, I invited him to hitch my analysis group, the place he continued to work onerous and excel,” Liang stated . “He’s by no means afraid of challenges and could be very productive in analysis, happening to publish a number of prestigious journal papers and current his analysis leads to worldwide conferences.”

Starting within the fall, Plascencia will pursue a doctoral diploma in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in warmth and mass switch at College of California, Davis, with the intent of getting into the trade and making use of the usage of analysis to the event and development of vitality environment friendly nanoscale methods. 

He additionally acquired gives from Purdue College, College of Virginia and UC San Diego.

“I really feel proud that I’ve one thing to ship to my mother and father, particularly since they sacrificed their lives in Mexico for us,” Plascencia stated. “After all everybody desires to be near their households, however they [sought] a greater life for us and, having all these accomplishments, I really feel I’ve been capable of stay as much as what they wished for us.”  


Celebrating the Class of 2022
Within the coming days, FresnoStateNews.com will spotlight tales of inspiring college students who shall be graduating this spring. Graduation ceremonies for the College’s eight faculties and colleges together with a number of affinity celebrations will happen Could 20 and 21. Go to graduation.fresnostate.edu for extra particulars.



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