My name is Mercedes Azofeifa Porras, I am a senior student of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. I am also a research assistant at the Agricultural Engineering School and the Engineering Research Institute at the University of Costa Rica. I currently live in the Greater Metropolitan Area; however my parents and siblings live in Upala. It is a place in northern Costa Rica, I grew up in this town but I also lived in different places in Guanacaste, in La Cruz, Cañas, Bagaces and Liberia. Living in rural areas made me lean toward the agricultural and agro-industrial area.
With my siblings and pets in Upala.
Thanks to these different stages of my life I met many people in Costa Rica, so I am very good at making social relationships with any
kind of people. This has motivated me to participate in the Student Volunteer Program at the UCR, where I could work and meet great people.
Volunteering Wildlife Refuge Isla San Lucas and
Arenal Volcano National Park, 2013.
Likewise, I have being part of working groups in the UCR carrying out projects of design and research. All the aforementioned has served me as personal and professional growth. I expect the same of this course that I will take during these two weeks. I know it will be a great experience, especially for the intensive learning of English.
Desing of a meter moisture content in coffee leaves and a machine to harvest pineapple, 2015.
Studying engineering is one of my greatest passions and to participate in this course abroad it is an opportunity that I thank the Michigan State University for. These two weeks will be a complete adventure, we will visit wonderful places of Costa Rica which is one of the activities that I enjoy doing the most during my leisure time: to know new places and new people. This trip with the students and professors of the MSU is amazing because -besides enjoying many places- the main objective is to learn about the engineering applied in the tropics and discuss related issues.