2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Since my freshmen year, I have led the development of an experimental payload for the UMD Balloon Payload Program. I also recently became the compressed air systems lead for the Hyperloop Team and the freestyle chair for the Figure Skating Club. I also am a member of the UMD Chapter of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, and support its mission to further the aerospace profession and enable others to pursue it.
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?
I chose to attend the University of Maryland because of the strong Aerospace Engineering Department and opportunities for campus involvement. I knew I wanted to study aerospace engineering and UMD has one of the best programs in the country, in addition to numerous opportunities for extracurricular experience. Attending UMD also allowed me to continue pursuing figure skating, compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, and have close proximity D.C. My favorite part of being a Terp is working in the Balloon Payload Lab to advance our ballooning capabilities.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My ultimate career goal is to help advance human exploration of outer space. I hope to use my experiences here to further our capability for human presence in space, and more practical space travel, while advancing our long path to becoming an interplanetary species.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am majoring in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics, and will graduate in Spring 2019.
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite extracurricular opportunity on campus has been working in the Nearspace Balloon Payload Program, which launches high altitude weather balloons as high as 100,000 ft two to three times per semeter. I have worked on a payload that is trying to increase our maximum altitude capability and our maximum flight duration, and have helped out with several elements of operating a successful launch. While theoretically simple, the payload has proven far more challenging than anticipated, and has been very edcuational to design, build, and improve.