What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
The National Society of Black Engineers has allowed me to have the most impact in advancing the interests of students and the campus community. During my tenure in this illustrious organization, I have served on the T.O.R.C.H committee, as Chapter Programs chair, and as Region 2 Communications Chair. These positions have allowed me to promote academic excellence and professional success through programming, volunteering, and telecommunications. At the University of Maryland College Park, our NSBE chapter, the Black Engineers Society, has a program called the Clark School Initiative. The Clark School Initiative was created to provide the resources and support for minority students who want to transfer into the A. James Clark School of Engineering. As Programs chair and an internal transfer engineering student, my main goal for this program is to get every single one of the students in it into the engineering school. Through the Clark School Initiative, I have inspired and encouraged minority students to become engineers. I met with them every other week with different topic related to the engineering school such as transfer requirements, registration, what each engineering discipline does, and having guest engineering student speakers talk to them about their experiences. In addition, the chapter holds Saturday T.O.R.C.H sessions from 9am-2pm once a month. At these sessions, we invite students from elementary through high school to participate in engineering projects. These students are usually from low income households and do not normally have exposure to these fields, nor do their schools provide the resources to explore STEM. I use my background in Electrical Engineering to teach the kids about circuitry, programming, and mechanics. In addition, I mentor kids to the benefits of STEM by teaching them about college and sharing my experiences coming from a low income household to a four year university.
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 have been truly blessed to attend the University of Maryland, and my experiences show that I am resilient and dedicated to exceeding beyond even my own expectations. I have been given unique opportunities here that have allowed me to grow and develop as a leader, such as studying at the University of Glasgow and attending an engineering conference in Anaheim, California. My favorite part about being a Terp is the respect and admiration I get from other people (inside and outside of academia) when I tell them I attend the University of Maryland, College Park. All in all, my time as a leader on this campus has been an enriching experience and I cannot imagine becoming the person I am today without having attended this distinguished university.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
There are two career goals I plan to accomplish in the pursuit of my doctoral degree. One goal is to conduct research under the top professor in my field of study. In order to become a technical expert in any field, it makes sense for me to learn from one of the best in the academic realm. Another career goal consists of a collaboration with international researchers on my graduate studies. Working with international universities will enhance my scientific findings and its broader implications. My vision for a successful career in research is to find work that makes me happy, that allows me to give back to the community, and that will help me grow and develop both professionally and individually.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Electrical Engineering, 5th year Senior, 2017
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