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Khan, Sami

Civil Engineering

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

My area of interest for the first year is Research. I would like to perform research in my field of structural engineering not only to be able to learn the field but also to try to solve current problems regarding different risks to structural integrity in new and revolutionary ways.

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

My area of interest for the second year is Entrepreneurship. I would like to try to be an entrepreneur not only to give myself the opportunity to design something new and innovative, but also to force myself to interact with people in the field in order to develop my communication skills, business sense and my network.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am currently involved with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) which is an office which works with diverse minorities in order to help them cope with and excel in the University of Maryland. Besides this, I also work as a tutor at the OMSE and teach students courses in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Engineering. Besides this, I am part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Civil Engineering Honor Society-Chi Epsilon. I am also a part of TerpWushu, the wushu club on campus. Wushu is a culmination of thousands of years of Chinese martial arts into standardized forms and is a non-contact performance sport.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Unfortunately, since coming to the United States alone two and a half years ago, due to financial considerations (which even now affect my schooling) I was forced to work menial jobs unrelated to my major and had little in terms of opportunities to do much regarding engineering. Perhaps the most interesting engineering experience I had was making the patio at the back of my current house in which I had to apply concepts regarding grades, drainage and soil properties due to the topography of the building site.