Chris Lee - Fire Protection Engineering
3 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I volunteer as both a Clark School and FPE Ambassador. It is very rewarding to me to be able to mentor younger students and help them out with any issues they have. Through these programs, I have been able to tutor students, conduct community service, and engage with prospective students about engineering at UMD.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship is a huge deal for me. Receiving such an honor means that I have the respect and recognition from professionals in my field. Knowing that I am viewed with such esteem is a very humbling and gratifying experience. Additionally, the financial component of the scholarship helped me to have the amazing opportunity of studying abroad in Australia during the winter term. All of the money that would have gone to my tuition if not for the scholarship went to this experience. Without the scholarship, I likely would not have had the financial means to go on such a trip. I was able to learn all about international business and engineering, and gain some of the fondest memories of my life.
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 come to UMD for many reasons, but foremost among them were the amazing FPE program, it being an in-state school, the beautiful campus, and the lively student life. UMD is very special to me because everyone is very involved and passionate about what they do. Nearly anyone I talk to will be able to share an amazing experience or opportunity that they have been able to be a part of. I learn about new opportunities every day that I didn't even know existed. Having such a passionate and diverse student body is one of my favorite things about being a Terp.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
In the future, I hope to be an innovative and successful Fire Protection Engineer. I hope to develop new ways of protecting against fire, and hopefully save some lives in the process. The direct impact on life, property, and the environment is one major aspect that drew me towards FPE, and if I can find new innovative ways to protect these things, I know I will be making a positive difference in the world.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Junior Fire Protection Engineering major. I will be graduating in May 2017.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Damascus, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
A program I'm involved with right now that I really enjoy is the FPE Design Challenge. We go out to local high schools and give a series of lectures about core FPE fundamentals. After giving the students this instruction, we task them with designing a model apartment that is fire-safe, based upon the principles that we taught them. At the end of the semester, we put these models to the test and see which team designed the safest apartment. I love being able to recruit potential FPE students and spread knowledge about our field.