Walter Stark
Walter Stark
Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by the Cockrell School of Engineering
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2024
Plano, TX
High School
Plano Senior High School

In high school, I was heavily involved in both debate and robotics. Debate taught me about the importance of communication, while robotics provided practical “real life” experience on the applications and needs for good communication skills. I learned how to remain cognizant of the needs of individuals while prioritizing the needs of a large group. In FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), I discovered many robotics students lacked self-confidence and some were even fearful of making presentations. Most teams were only interested in designing, building and competing with robots, and did not realize how effective communication could improve their ability to obtain sponsors and donations for robot construction. My debate experience taught me confidence, presence, and enunciation that I practiced not only in debate but also in robotics competitions. Robotics and debate taught me how hard work can be much more fruitful if properly communicated.

During my 2019 summer internship, I developed a passion for both computer science and mechanical engineering. As a result, I plan on double majoring in computer science and mechanical engineering with a minor in finance. This will allow me to effectively explore my two primary STEM passions while learning valuable business communication skills. As an undergraduate, I intend to conduct research within both of these fields. My ultimate educational goal is to obtain a Ph.D. that combines computer science and mechanical engineering. After college, I plan to either help form or join a start-up company that develops products that merge the latest technologies in mechanical engineering and computer science for social/environmental good.

Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering

Other Academic Interests

Extracurricular Activities
Long Horn Racing Solar Car Team

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
The global experiences provided by the Forty Acres Scholars Program were extremely attractive to me. Unfortunately, I’ve never left the U.S., and while I always used this tidbit as a personal "fun fact," exploring the world is a dream of mine. I want to gain a better understanding of the problems facing our world and the Forty Acres Scholars Program is the best avenue for me to pursue this. I was also drawn to the diverse connections the program provides, particularly the enrichment stipend and Freshman Dinner Series. I fell in love with the concept of the Forty Acres Scholars family and mentorship, and I can’t wait to be a part of this program over the next few years.