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Lemberos, Irene N

Fire Protection Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

During my first year of the RISE program, my focus will be on the service area. Previously I have been involved in the Fire Protection Engineering Department as an ambassador for open houses and events the department holds. Next semester I would like to become more involved as a Fire Protection Engineering ambassador, by helping to run some of the events, and doing some high school visits. One of the biggest appeals to the Fire Protection Program at UMD is the people and our close knit department. I would like to be able to show everything the Clark school and FPE department has to offer to prospective students.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

During my second year I would like to focus on instruction by being an undergraduate teaching fellow. Throughout my time studying as engineering in the Clark School, my teaching assistants have had a large impact in all my classes. In many classes my TA’s were not helpful at all, or they did not make themselves available, which really put me at a huge disadvantaged. However I have had some great TA’s and have always had access to great tutors through the keystone program, or office hours. I would like to be able to help students who are struggling in a class, and hopefully have a positive impact on their studies.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

This semester I am studying abroad at the Technical University of Denmark, where I am taking fire protection engineering classes and doing research. My research project is to develop an upward flame spread test apparatus for testing of materials used in space- craft and space infrastructure. At UMD I am a member of The Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Omega Epsilon Engineering sorority, and UMD’s club swim team. I am also a volunteer as a math tutor for the honors college and am an ambassador for the Fire protection Engineering department.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

My cool engineering experience was doing research last semester in the FPE department. I got to work with a seven other sophomores investigating beam detectors, and figuring out how to measure dust accumulation.