CHCI- BP Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Sahuarita, Arizona
School: San Diego State University
Degree: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Placement: House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
Nikolas Marquez was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Nikolas’s grandparents migrated from Mexico in the 1960’s. He learned the importance of hard work from his grandfather, who worked in California fields as a teenager. As a result of growing up with strong family support, family became very important to him and he desired to give back. Therefore, his family history guided his area of study. Nikolas graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in bioengineering.
While at SDSU, Nikolas explored an interest in cardiovascular health due to how it has affected his mother and godfather. He was an Undergraduate Researcher in the SDSU Cardiovascular Bioengineering Lab, publishing an article in the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. He also found a passion for serving others. He was a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program advisor, which educated students from underprivileged communities in San Diego, California about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. As President of the College of Engineering, Nikolas supported and led projects that aimed to provide a diverse college experience for engineering students.
As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Nikolas wants to gain an understanding of the intersection between STEM, policy, and law, specifically how ethical innovation of technology can benefit everyone. In addition, he is interested in advancing diversity in STEM and advocating for renewable/clean energy sources. After the fellowship, Nikolas hopes to pursue a career in public service focusing on leveraging STEM to improve the lives of underprivileged communities.