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Smallwood, Samantha Marie

Mechanical Engineering

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

For my first year I am pursuing instruction for the RISE program. I’ve always been interested in the teaching aspect of engineering. Through-out my academic career I have led study sessions for my peers and served as an informal tutor. I have enjoyed helping others learn and find explaining difficult concepts as a fulfilling challenge. I am hoping that holding a UTF position will give me a broader picture of the academic aspect of engineering.  

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

For my second year I would like to pursue research for the RISE program. After completing my undergraduate degree I hope to attend UMCP’s graduate school to complete my masters in mechanical engineering. Completing work in a lab will help prepare me for future projects I will work on in my post-graduate career. I hope to develop all the skills necessary to become an asset to the faculty at College Park by the time I pursue my master’s degree.  

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

For the Fall 2014 semester I am taking four courses which will involve a decent amount of coursework. I have also been given the opportunity to work under Dr. Kim in his heat transfer lab. Due to time constraints I was unable to join any clubs last semester, but I am hoping to change that this semester.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Before UMD, I attended Howard Community College. I entered HCC with no idea which career path to follow. I declared my major as general studies and  hoped a broad range of classes would help me decide. Still being undecided, I registered for my final semester of classes and decided to take statics as an elective. On the first day of class my professor approached me and stated, “Hopefully we can convert you to an engineer!” and by the end of the semester that is exactly what he did.