Dallas Rocha is in his sixth year in college:  three years at junior college and three years at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in Spring 2020.   Dallas and his teammates are working on the Service Dog Ramp Challenge.  They are designing and manufacturing a Service Dog Ramp for Peter Way, an army veteran who had his right leg amputated above the knee.  The goal of the ramp is to reduce the wear and tear on Peter’s Service Dog, a Labrador Retriever named Rory, when jumping into and out of Peter's truck.
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Why did you choose your major?  I chose to pursue mechanical engineering after I took stock of what my academic strengths were, coupled with my affinity for finding out how the world works.  Also, everything I’ve found interesting, like cars and technology, has been created by some type of engineer, which led me to want to become one.

Describe your experience working with QL+.  So far, working with QL+ has been excellent.  I have yet to work in the dedicated QL+ lab, but from what I can witness from the outside, it looks very clean, organized, and useful. My team and I have been in close contact with Vanessa Salas, who has not only provided us with thoughtful design ideas and suggestions but also connected us with an engineering mentor which will be a very valuable resource.  Her efforts to help us and genuine care in our project are clearly shown and that is something my team and I greatly appreciate.  As of yet, I have not had any challenges working with QL+, but knowing that a project I am working on will benefit the life of a wounded veteran is extremely rewarding.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  I would say that QL+ is a very good program that has incredible resources for students and is dedicated to providing engineered solutions that will help others.

What are your plans after graduation?  After I graduate, I plan to move back home to Chino Hills, California and begin working full time.  Where I will work remains to be seen as I am currently in the process of job searching.  I hope to get a position working for the city of Los Angeles, but I am also considering a career in construction, energy, or petroleum.
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What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  The proudest moment of my college career was getting accepted to Cal Poly.  At my junior college, the prospect of getting into Cal Poly’s engineering program was bleak.  I was told that a GPA of 3.5 or bellow wouldn’t even get you looked at, so I worked hard to make sure I exceeded that benchmark.  I was overjoyed when I received confirmation that I had been accepted.

What three words best describe you?  Laughing, Kind, Relaxed.