November 6, 2012

Kyle Boswell: A Great Example

Kyle Boswell – junior shooting guard for UCSB’s men’s basketball team – dedicates his time to accomplishing a rare feat: succeeding both on the court and in his ultra-competitive mechanical engineering major.

Becoming a student-athlete or a mechanical engineer are accomplishments in their own right, but in the last 20 years, Boswell is just the second UCSB basketball player to major in mechanical engineering. His strong work ethic has paved the way for his success, making him as a true inspiration.

Boswell found competition early on in Santa Barbara, striving for a coveted spot in the mechanical engineering major. He did not enter UCSB enrolled in the major, so he petitioned to get into the program over his first two years on campus.

With only about 60 spots available in the program, Kyle knew he had a competitive road ahead where he must prove himself. He drew parallels between his endeavors in academia and life on the court.  

“Having a competitive edge and going out there to fight for the team to succeed is directly related to the classroom and engineering,” Boswell said. “Competition hangs everywhere and everyone is just trying to be the best and achieve greatness.”

Beyond that, Boswell found that he could use concepts he learned in his classes to augment his game on the court.

“It is fun how you see the projectile of a basket, the ball going through the hoop, velocity of the basketball, there is gravity pulling on it, friction on your shoes and their acceleration field,” he said. “There are a lot of aspects that directly translate from basketball to engineering.”

The Huntington Beach native’s hard work proved successful, as he was admitted to the program last year. Still, his dedication to both basketball and academics is far from over. While Boswell has found a way to excel at both basketball and academics, he admitted that sometimes it is difficult to find the balance.

“Basketball season is huge and if you’re not giving up one thing, then you’re giving up the other and it’s tough to maintain the balance,” he said. “I have to stay on top of things and balance my time.”

With so much on his plate, it might be expected that Boswell would just simply run out of gas. However, he has embraced the challenge and realized that he has not chosen an easy path. Yet, he has the passion for both basketball and mechanical engineering that fuels his fire within.

“It’s a passion of mine, not only to play basketball, but also to pursue my career in mechanical engineering and I don’t want to sacrifice one for the other,” he stated. “In order to make them both part of my life, I have to put in the work.”

Undoubtedly, Boswell has put in the work. On some nights, basketball practice goes from three until six, and then he heads to lab until ten. After that, he studies even more. The result so far has been a 3.96 overall GPA and a budding role on Bob Williams’  young and talented squad.

Boswell’s passion and interest for mechanical engineering began senior year while taking an AP Physics class at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. He enjoyed the practical aspect of it and the curriculum was always fun to learn.

“It is exciting to have a challenging major with core classes that can excite me,” Boswell said. “I am learning something fun that I have a serious love for and it is pretty interesting how it works out.”

His dual love for – and success in – mechanical engineering and basketball prove that anything is possible if you put in the effort. Kyle dedicated all his efforts into these two areas of his life and it has proved rewarding.

“Basketball and mechanical engineering are passions in my life and what I want to succeed in.”

Succeed is just what he does. A spectacular academic record coupled with a dominant presence on the court has given credence to Boswell’s formula for life: passion, hard work, and success.