Mireille and I
2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I enjoyed spending time supporting and engaging with the Society of Physics Students (SPS) my first year at the University of Maryland. While working part-time at the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP), maintaining a full course load, and supporting my wife Mireille and two children Elijah and Lucas; I also served in the Maryland National Guard as a Military Intelligence Analyst. I was pulled out of my circuits course when my unit was activated to respond to the civil unrest in Baltimore. Serving in the Maryland National Guard allowed me to continue to serve while pursuing my education and a new career.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Without support from scholarships, I might have never gained employment as an Radio-Frequency Engineer for NASA. In order to become a competitive choice for the most sought-after jobs, you need to show you have work experience. In order to gain work experience in the form of competitive internships, you need to make the grades and gain experience in a lab environment that accepts undergrads. At the University of Maryland, students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week while enrolled as a full-time student. Without the support of scholarships, I may have had to take on a second part-time job which would have certainly conflicted with either my classes or my research. Without the support of scholarships, I would not enjoy as much quality time with my wife and children. Now, I am set to graduate with the career of my dreams lined-up before me as well as an offer to the University of Maryland PhD program in Electrical Engineering.
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 wanted to attend the University of Maryland because of the university’s commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. In a dynamic and research-driven economy, citizens cannot simply beg an authority-figure for secure jobs. To quote President John F. Kennedy, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. The students at the University of Maryland maintain an entrepreneurial spirit and have the desire to be leaders in their industries of interest. This is especially apparent in the multiple design competitions aspiring Terrapin Engineers and Scientists win each year.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
If the United States is to maintain its position as a world-leader in technological development and create more jobs for its citizens, we need to ensure future generations are educated with practical technical skillsets and are financially enabled for a higher education. As our workforce becomes more automated, a higher degree of education is necessary to put food on the table. We cannot create jobs by trying to revive dying industries, but we can invest in new technologies and prepare our children to take on jobs their parents may never have considered. I hope to reach out to local schools and communities so I may encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. If they know the exciting options available earlier in their lives and gain confidence in their competence, it can be a motivator to tackle the challenging and rigorous coursework required to pursue these careers.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: May 2017
What is your Hometown?
Ann Arbor, MI
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
The most important experiences I’ve had at the University of Maryland are the bonds I’ve formed with many of my professors. Outside of office hours, many faculty members in the Electrical Engineering and Physics departments have mentored and guided me through coursework and preparing me for a career as an engineer. Many took a notable amount of time out of their schedules to support me and I am sincerely grateful for that support.