Alumni Return to Bosco Tech for National Engineers Week

Reyes Construction with students. Center to right -Joe Reyes (’69), Manuel Rojo (‘05), Alex Franquez (’05), Adam Lugo (’12)

Because of Don Bosco Technical Institute’s (Bosco Tech’s) focus on science and engineering, National Engineers Week is a major event on the school’s Rosemead campus. On Wednesday, February 12, scientists and engineers who are also Bosco Tech alumni, returned to the school to talk to current students about the interesting world of engineering and the many exciting and diverse professional opportunities the field offers.

Representing such companies as Northrop Grumman, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Fluor Corporation, several alumni made presentations ranging from designing the infrastructure for a power station to sending instructions to the Mars Rover. Students were able to sit in on two talks of their choice and ask questions of the speakers about their companies and positions.

Front row, left—Don Gibbs (’69), John Denning (’88), Jonathan Bao (’10), Nobi Takano (’10), Anthony Mittskus (’78). Back row, left—Ian Luczon (’98), Fausto Carrera (’05), Mark Lopez (’83), Tom Nolan, Ignacio Corrales (’67). (Not photographed are Joe Reyes (’69), Manuel Rojo (‘05), Alex Franquez (’05), Adam Lugo (’12) (all of Reyes Construction)

“It was a really interesting event,” said Bosco Tech senior Donovan Gonzales, who plans to major in mechanical engineering this fall at Purdue or Texas A&M University. “Getting professional information from Bosco Tech alumni who made careers in the engineering fields helps me to see my reachable goals. They’ve done it, and they’re telling us we can do it, too.”

“It’s a great experience to get to speak with current Techmen,” says alumnus Ignacio Corrales (class of ’67), a mechanical engineer at the Fluor Corporation. “Because they have so many opportunities ahead of them, it’s inspiring to encourage them to pursue studies in the engineering fields.”

Currently, more than 60 percent of Bosco Tech graduates pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related majors in their college and university studies.

Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school, sponsored by the Salesians of Don Bosco, that combines a rigorous college-preparatory and technology-focused education. The innovative science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of several applied science and engineering fields. For more information about Bosco Tech, call (626) 940-2000 or visit


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