“Labra said opportunities at the University, including the UTDesign Senior Capstone Program, helped prepare her for her next step. She served as leader of a student group that earned the second-place prize at last year’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference. UTDesign students work with faculty and corporate mentors on real-world problems for corporate sponsors. Labra and her team designed an automated machine to help test the thickness of insulation for corporate sponsor Encore Wire Corp. in McKinney, Texas.
‘We walked away with second place, but more valuable to me was the experience of presenting this technical project to a panel of respected and accomplished engineers,’ Labra said. ‘I’m very thankful for my time at UTD, and I look forward to applying everything I’ve learned from my classes and experiences to my future endeavors.'”