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Niezelski, Sarah Elizabeth

Major: 
Mechanical Engineering

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

This year my area of interest is service through Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Maryland Sustainability Engineering (MDSE). I have actively participated in EWB & MDSE since my freshman year, and I am honored to serve as the chapter president for this academic school year.  We have four active international projects and one domestic project currently, and we are constantly developing and growing our general body. I plan to work closely with our new members and Quality Control program this year.

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

Next year, I am planning to explore the area of instruction. I am an SAT teacher and have experience tutoring, so I expect to find instruction to be a good fit. I am particularly interested in systems design and engineering, so I hope to get connected with a course in that field. I am passionate about systems thinking and consulting, and I hope to share that with other UMD students!

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

Here at UMD, I am active in the Women in Engineering (WIE) department through my role as the Corporate Director of the Society of Women Engineers. This past year I served as the president of the WIE Living and Learning Community called Flexus. I am also on the WIE Student Advisory Board and a member of the engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon. I am involved in the Mechanical Engineering depart as well through Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. I am thrilled to continue to serve on the Homecoming Executive committee this year and am excited to get more connected with Omicron Delta Kappa, the Leadership Honor Society, through my role as historian.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This past August I travelled to Ghana with an EWB team for the first trip of our new Ghana program. EWB-UMCP is partnering with Sumaman Senior High School to create a reliable, affordable source of electricity for the campus, which is currently suffering from the effects of government rationing of electricity. On the trip to Ghana, we sourced materials for the energy project and met with contacts in country, including the office of the national minister of education.