Unconventional students at Rice: From Legos to a career

When Allison Garza was little she liked to play with Legos instead of dolls. Her parents took notice and enrolled her in a magnet school for engineering in the Rio Grande Valley.

Fast forward to 2014 and the little girl who liked to build things is all grown up. Garza is graduating from Rice in May with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Graduation comes on the heels of an amazing list of accomplishments at Rice. She has been president of the Rice Solar Car Team, co-founder and director of the entrepreneurial OwlSquad and a member of the winning team at the Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase.

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!