UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has named Ricardo Henrique Sosa as its fall 2015 student marshal. He will lead the college’s procession of graduates during Penn State's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sosa selected Antonio Nieto, associate professor of mining engineering, to escort him as faculty marshal.
Sosa is graduating with highest distinction with a bachelor’s degree in energy business and finance and a bachelor’s degree in economics. Sosa’s mother, Maria Corina Machado, and father, Ricardo Sosa, from Caracas, Venezuela, plan to attend the ceremony to celebrate their son’s achievements.
Sosa excelled both academically and professionally during his undergraduate career. Named to the dean's list each semester, he is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also received the President’s Freshman Award and the Undergraduate Economics Award in 2014.
Sosa interned as a financial analyst for companies in Venezuela, Washington, D.C. and Columbia. In Venezuela, he worked for Alstom Power; in Washington D.C., he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank; and in Columbia, he worked for Vetra Exploration and Production. During his internships, he constructed energy matrices for countries in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean; developed industrial frameworks; conducted energy audits and projections; assessed financial risks and forecast outcomes; and assisted with strategic budget planning.
Sosa is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Penn State. He is also a member of Penn State’s Energy Business and Finance Society and National Society of Petroleum Engineers.
After graduation, Sosa plans to work in the energy industry.