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Tzamaras, Demetra

Demetra Tzamaras
Civil Engineering

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

I chose research as my RISE area of research for the first year. I chose research because I completed research this summer with Dr. McCuen for my engineering honors thesis, and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to take the opportunity to continue research in a different area of focus with a new advisor in order to help me potentially prepare for graduate school.

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

My second RISE area of interest is service. I was deciding between service and research for the first year because I am already involved in a number of service-related activities. I am a Clark School Ambassador this year, but I have also done a lot of work with younger students through the SEEDS mentoring program and volunteering for my living and learning community (Flexus).

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am involved in a variety of activities on campus. I am an active member of ASCE and SWE. I am SEEDS mentor, and I help younger students adjust to life in the engineering school as well as at the University of Maryland in general. In addition, I am also a Clark School Ambassador, and I am involved in speaking with prospective students and informing them about the opportunities in the engineering school here. I am a sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon which is the engineering sorority. I am part of the University of Maryland Fencing Club. This year I am on the executive board of the Concrete Canoe Team as the assistant project engineer meaning I help with the concrete mix days and figuring out what mix is ideal to use for the final canoe in the spring.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

My coolest engineering experience was the Alumni Cup last spring. This is a competition across the engineering departments where teams of students from each department are tasked to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine to perform a simple task. Last year we had to move a CD two feet, insert it into a player and get it to play. The competition was the most exciting and fun project I have worked on, and it was a great experience.