What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
At this university, I've held executive positions within Chi Epsilon (President, Vice President, Treasurer) and ASCE (President, Construction Superintendent of the Steel Bridge team). Within these organization, I have had the opportunity to work with some of my excellent peers to develop volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC, the Maryland High School Wood Bridge Competition in Baltimore, and Anacostia Watershed Society in the DC Metro. This past winter break, I had the opportunity to venture to New Orleans, LA with a group of Tau Beta Pi students to build homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. And, perhaps most fulfulling, I've volunteered the past four years with the Maryland Wood Bridge Competition as Head Judge, where I have the chance to exude and instill my passion for bridges (solidified myself as a competitor in high school) in today's students and tomorrow's engineers.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has enabled me to complete my undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, pursue extracurricular opportunities outside the classroom, and, ultimately, continue my education in Structural Engineering to become a professional bridge engineer. It's no secret that a college education isn't cheap, but the scholarships that I've been fortunate to receive have allowed me to focus on my education and not my ability to fund it. Additionally, I've been able to pursue opportunties when not in school. This past winter, for example, I volunteered in New Orleans, LA building homes with Habitat for Humanity and Tau Beta Pi. I had an excellent time, but it wasn't completely free. And, finally, when I graduate from this university, I will be able to pursue graduate study and achieve my dreams to become a successful bridge engineer.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I really enjoy helping others and giving back to the community. I have been fortunate to receive the help of many people to get where I am today, and so I like returning the favor to the next generation. Beyond my professional career, I look forward to developing regional design competitions (like the Maryland High School Wood Bridge Competition) that promote math, science, and engineering in future generations. I've also been fortunate to have mentors guide me in my early professional stages, and I look forward to reaching the point where I'm in a position to do so myself. Finally, as a bridge engineer, I will be living my dreams in a profession where my responsibility is to improve transportation and connect people; that is the great potential in designing bridges.