ASI Alumni Spotlight: Eric Andrada

ASI Alumni Spotlight: Eric Andrada


Eric Andrada's headshot

Photo courtesy of Joel Zink.

 

Years with Associated Students Inc. (ASI): Started as a student in 1999. Left as professional staff in 2010.

Job Title with ASI: Audio-Visual Technician or Audio-Visual Coordinator

Graduation Date: December 2002

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clubs and Organizations at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP): ASI

Current Title: Computer Service Engineer II

Company: University of Southern California

What do you think is the best thing about ASI?

ASI gives students the opportunity to develop their professional skills either as a student assistant, student leader or student volunteer. ASI is a good example of the “learn by doing” philosophy of CPP.

Why did you want to work with the audio visual department at ASI?

I’ve had a technical aptitude since I was young. When I came across the job posting as a student, I thought to myself, “I can do that.”  Working with different people and supporting different programs and productions made the work interesting.

What is your favorite music genre?

None really. I listen to whatever suits my mood.

What did you learn at ASI that helped you prepare for your current job?

When you work with the right team, amazing things can be accomplished.

What professional skills did you learn while working at ASI that you use in your current job?

Not being afraid to ask questions and try different things. Just because things have been done a certain way in the past doesn’t mean it’s the right way.

What advice do you have for CPP students?

Get involved! If it’s not with ASI, get involved with clubs, organizations or other jobs on campus.

What is your most memorable CPP experience?

ASI defines my experience at CPP. I grew there both professionally and personally.

How did ASI enhance your college experience?

Same as above.

What advice would you give to students who are not actively involved with ASI?

ASI provides opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

What are some words to live by?

There are no “needs” in life—only “wants.” Strive for what you want in life.