Engineering is defined as a scientific process to design, build and maintain machines, systems or structures. Technology is one component to create, improve, solve or perform. Combining the two can create long-term solutions, especially in a city like Las Vegas that relies heavily on technology.
Aaron Sahagun is the Southwest regional director at FundingPost, a company that connects entrepreneurs to investors with a focus, at the present time, on technology entrepreneurs. Sahagun is a software engineer who attended the University of California, Berkeley with a background in programming and began his education at an all-boys technical trade school. He stated that with his background, he is able to coach technology entrepreneurs specifically “to raise capital and create a great product to benefit Las Vegas.”
“Many times as a software engineer, you are so caught up in creating a product. It is a very lonely process when you are coding and you forget to polish your communication skills and the thought process that goes into creating a business model to pitch to potential investors and more importantly, potential clients. That is what I focus on when I mentor,” Sahagun said.
According to Sahagun, getting an advanced degree plays a huge role mainly because of the feedback process. Tech entrepreneurs in particular need to realize that mentors are valuable to career and business success and many times those mentors come from a university, such as a professor or peer.
Sahagun stated that mentors are needed because students need to learn to expand their thought processes and mentors provide the mental framework to do so. FundingPost holds events at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to promote academia and to explain that while creating an idea is the first step, a process must be designed to monetize the idea and receive funding.
As for obtaining a doctorate in engineering, Sahagun explained, “I do believe in research and finding better ways to come up with a solution. I believe [pursuing] a doctorate is great for research, resources and acquiring an influx of capital.”
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.