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Salvador, Tyler Charles

Mechanical Engineering

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

I plan to participate in the entrepreneurship area of RISE during my first year with the program. With this, I hope to gain real-world experience from a business standpoint, and work with others on beginning a start up company. I value the entrepreneurial route because it can give me the opportunity to point myself in whatever direction I would like. Also, doing entrepreneurship my first year will allow me to use both of my last two years at UMD to better myself as an entrepreneur.

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

During my second year of the RISE program, I am interested in pursuing research. I have not had the opportunity to do so as of yet, and I feel that such a great experience with research will allow me to better discover a topic within the engineering field that I am particularly interested in. In addition, it will provide me with exceptional hands-on experience that can be directly applied to my future endeavors.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am a member of the Business Golf Club on campus and am also an avid golfer for the love of the game. I also play intramural basketball and soccer for fun. 

What is your cool engineering experience?: 
My favorite engineering experience took place at UMD, where I was part of a team that created and designed an autonomous hovercraft that had to navigate itself through a specific track. At the end of the track, the hovercraft had to pick and up securely acquire a payload that was placed on a pedestal.