What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
(a) Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Thailand Project Co-Leader (b) WMUC Talk-Show host
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship truly means the world to me. Now that I have extra money available to me, I have significantly lessened the tuition burden on parents. My mother, who is 63 now, will soon be able to retire because she does not have work to make extra money to continue to support me through school. Sure, I could have worked to make extra money for myself, and so could my mother, but it's nice to finally catch a break for performing well in school.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
My decision to attend the University of Maryland was three-fold. First and foremost, the stellar and nationally recognized engineering program here offers an incredible preparation for a future in engineering. Second, the diversity here is remarkable, and I felt that it was in a diverse environment that I could gain the most socially from my college experience. In my experience here I have met many people from many places and many backgrounds, and I believe that has made me a more culturally-understanding individual (which is a critical, albeit neglected, trait in engineers). Third, I've been a huge basketball fan since I was young, and I love to spend my free time cheering for Terps Basketball and other athletics.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Engineering, especially civil engineering, truly offers one the chance to take technical skills and use them to improve the lives of many people. Civil engineers are responsible for the water we drink and for the infrastructure we take advantage of on a daily basis. In the general sense, as a water resources civil engineer, I hope to maintain the integrity of the engineering profession by always holding the public good and public safety at the forefront of my mind in design and decision-making. As long as the interest of the general public is represented, the world will be a better place. More specifically, in the future I plan to become a professional engineering advisor to a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and assist students in their development of solutions to real civil engineering problems overseas in countries in dire need of help. I am currently a student member of EWB, and I have realized that the experience this organization is giving me is worthy of my return in the future.