What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been a full time student for the past four years and had started working as an undergraduate researcher, for experience and money, two years ago. The research was inline with the research I do now to complete my Masters degree. So for the past four years all the work I did dealt with engineering and social science course work along with research in engineering. Therefore, the leadership roles that I have taken have been in student groups for course projects, of which there were many, and in taking the lead on tasks within my research group. In the student group settings I would usually set the responsibilities of my group members and be the one to propose a course of action. Within my research subgroup for some tasks I would act as the contact person when dealing with venders or manufactures outside the university and coordinate the sharing of lab space and equipment with the other subgroup within the greater research group. I have also set up experiments and planned how it would run and who in my subgroup would run it.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship shows me that academic work can be rewarded. It enabled me to concentrate on school only for the first two years of college with out going into too much debt.
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 the University of Maryland for two reasons that come together as one: It was a good balance between inexpensive and having a good engineering program.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My positive difference will come from the work I do and will hopefully be the most far reaching. That work will include development of energy production that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Also, I will strive to be friendly, openminded, and helpfull to many people I come in contact with.