Corozal Resident, Carlos Zetina wears the Belizean Spirit high as he is named the 2019 Valedictorian of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Zetina graduated with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. Zetina’s PhD research focused on developing mathematical models and algorithms to optimize the design and operation of large-scale transportation and communication networks. Zetina also co-founded the Montreal Operations Research Student Chapter, the Operations Research Challenge-Montreal and the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering mentor program. Here is a short clip from his speech which he delivered yesterday at the graduation ceremony.
Carlos Zetina, Graduate of Concordia University: “The last few years have been a period of growth, we’ve not only known technicalities of each of our fields but also we’ve learned about ourselves, our passions and our fears, our strengths and our weaknesses; these will play an important role as we make our way to becoming better professionals, better engineers, and better citizens. In a world that in recent years seems to set itself on fire more frequently with polarized views on inequality, immigration and climate change we must take the lessons and most importantly the values we’ve learned here at Concordia and make them resonate with the world. As we take the next steps in our paths let us not simply work, let us not simply study but instead lets strive to make this world a better place. Now some of you might say ‘why me? I’m not going to make a difference in the world.’ but as the Kriol proverb in my home country Belize says “one one okra full basket” If we each contribute toward a common goal no matter how big or small each contribution is eventually we’ll succeed for the common good. Tonight bask in this moment of joy, celebrate this achievement, you’ve worked hard and you’ve succeeded. And so I leave this final message to you my fellow graduates in the wise words of Cool and the Gang “Celebrate good times, come on !” Thank you. Merci beaucoup”
Zetina’s next goal is to create an organization that provides youth in Belize, the opportunity and resources to learn technology and entrepreneurship to be able to capitalize on the current worldwide tech revolution.