Young Alumnus Consul / Florida International University, ’13
Daniel Puentes is currently a Physics Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, with a specialization in experimental nuclear physics. His conducts research on campus at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, focusing on performing high-precision mass measurements of both stable and radioactive nuclei. Outside of the laboratory, Daniel and his fiancé, Chelsie Boodoo, organize community initiatives throughout the Mid-Michigan area.
Together, they host a science radio show called “The Sci-Files,” where they interview university students about their research performed on and off-campus. The show is also podcasted on your favorite podcast directories (iTunes, Spotify, etc.). The couple also brewed a beer together with regionally known craft brewer, Saugatuck Brewing Company, in the name of science. Recently, they were commissioned by the City of East Lansing to paint science art throughout a local park with themes associated with episodes from “The Sci-Files.”
Daniel was initiated into the Delta Zeta chapter in 2013 at Florida International University. During his time as an undergraduate, he earned two bachelor’s degrees in physics and chemistry, as well as a minor in Astronomy in 2016. Within his chapter, he served as the Scholarship Chair, Alumni Relations Chair, and sat on the executive board as the Recorder. Daniel also served as a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Council (UAC), which he now oversees as the Young Alumnus Consul. As an alumnus, Daniel serves on the National Standards Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. He’s excited to see what lies ahead in the fraternity atmosphere and he is ready for whatever the future has in store.