Oct. 20, 2008
It's not an easy challenge to balance academics with athletics at Rice, but Alex Solomon handles it with ease. For the last four seasons, Solomon has run cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the Owls, but that's not where his extracurricular activities have ended.
Solomon has been extremely active member of Jones College. He was a Jones social in addition to serving as a floor representative and the college's executive vice president.
Along with being active at Jones, Solomon was a programming coordinator as well as a tour guide for SAAC, a program that allows student-athletes to make an impact not only inside but beyond the hedges of Rice. He eats lunch every Friday with prospective students, and tells them about life on-campus.
"Sometimes it's a little overwhelming," Solomon said. "But I'm pretty happy with how I've balanced my time at college."
Balancing a schedule like that is a challenge, but what's more impressive is overcoming the obstacles Solomon's encountered while running. He took a medical redshirt his freshman year after walking on to the cross country team.
Solomon has constantly been fighting injuries. He's dealt with injured calves and shins. Despite those set backs, Solomon was able to come up with a personal record in the 5K with a time of 15:16.
"I think that was [my favorite part of running for Rice]," Solomon said. "There weren't a lot of other Division I schools that I could have walked onto that I could have made an impact on, not only in running but throughout the whole school. It's been a really positive experience, just to compete at this level."
Solomon has made a big impact on Rice, especially at the academic level. He is majoring as a mechanical engineer, and last year he worked on his senior design project with students from two different universities in Paris, France.
Together with three fellow Rice engineering majors, and three students from France, they were able to build a robotic window washer. The students at Rice put together half of the machine and the students in Paris put together the other half and then met up in France last year and put the final touches on the project together.
"The most challenging thing is just figuring out how to work in an international setting," Solomon said. "There's a lot more hurdles, but even though it was a lot harder to do, this is the world we live in and business is progressing to a more global level each day."
After graduation, Solomon plans to work with General Electrics through the Edison program. He'll work in different areas of energy business and then work towards his masters' degree.
"I kind of fell into working in energy," Solomon said. "I did an internship, but I want to stay with it because I think it's our generation's challenge."
With his dedication to help out the community and world, Solomon is destined to be one of tomorrow's leaders.