Sebastian Diaz Aguilar

Engineering Futures Scholar

Sebastian Diaz Aguilar, a computer science major at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, said he discovered his interest in computer programming in the seventh grade, upon his discovery of the inspect element on Internet Explorer and finding out he could toggle with the HTML.

Going into high school, he decided to take more programming classes and was interested in game design for a while but realized programming and computer science were more his niche. 

Aguilar’s family lives in Glendale, Arizona and he decided to attend Arizona State University because of how close it is to home, and he liked that the school offered a lot of scholarships and financial aid. 

Aguilar said the transition from high school to college has been kind of ‘relaxing and stressful at the same time’. The biggest thing he’s learned since attending college is the importance of time management. 

“Living on campus feels more relaxing,” Aguiar said. “In a way, it lets me step back a little bit and think about time management. It actually forces me to manage my time better.”

Aguilar said that one of the people who have impacted him the most since coming to ASU is Professor Miller, who taught his FFC 100 class. He said his professor helped to understand the engineering field from a new perspective.

“It involves creativity and how you communicate,” Aguilar said. “I should definitely try to improve those and go out and communicate with more people.”

In the future he looks forward to joining the Software Developers Association (SoDA).

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