Salvador Medina-Hurtado

Department / Program: 
Mechanical Engineering


Salvador Medina-Hurtado is a mechanical engineering student interested in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and renewable energy. Salvador was born and raised in Watsonville, California and was first introduced to engineering through the Mathematical Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Club in middle school. After competing and consistently placing in the top three in various categories in the competitions held by MESA, Salvador decided to pursue engineering and joined the engineering academy in high school before being admitted to UCSB as a mechanical engineer.  

Salvador possesses an unparalleled ability to adapt to any circumstance and challenge presented to him. By working on an engineering capstone team, he is able to effectively communicate and cooperate with his team taking leadership when necessary and contributing “out of the box” ideas. Furthermore, by working on the capstone project, Salvador has developed a great sense of professionalism through the frequent presentations and meetings with the project sponsor, Northrop Grumman Aerospace.  

Interested in MEMS, Salvador has taken a design oriented MEMS course and is currently taking a MEMS manufacturing course with hands on cleanroom experience. Additionally, Salvador’s interest in renewable energy sparked the idea of working on a self-powered brake light system for a bicycle with a team. Salvador intends to pursue a career in one of these two areas of mechanical engineering while always bettering himself as an individual and exceeding expectations.