Isaac Thomas

Engineering Futures Scholar

Isaac Thomas, a first-generation mechanical engineer major at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, said his dad had always dreamed of his son becoming a mechanical engineer, and was happy to surprise him with news that his dream would become reality. 

Thomas, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, said his parents always pushed academics because they were aware of the educational opportunities out there and always wanted more for Thomas and his three siblings. 

The biggest obstacle Thomas has overcome since transitioning from high school to college is time management. He said stepping up and taking initiative of his own actions has helped him to overcome this obstacle.

He is involved in the American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) and is looking to become more involved in Engineers Without Borders and Christian-based clubs on campus. Thomas is also an EF First-Year Scholar. 

Some of the thing she enjoys doing outside of school include sports like football, track and field and wrestling, and exercising at the gym. 

Thomas said the Native American Achievement Program (NAAP) provided by the American Indian student support services at ASU has helped him a lot in supporting his academic life and providing a welcoming environment while attending Arizona State University.

He advises incoming freshmen to be open, to have a growth mindset and to try new things to have the best chance at success at school.

By Laura Stack, Science and Technology Writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
May 12, 2020