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Wu, Lisa

Aerospace Engineering

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

Service means giving back to the community. I am interested in service because I would like to help the engineering community especially when it comes to increasing the number of women in STEM areas of study. By participating in service, I have a chance to make a difference in someone else's lives. Every person counts because a little can go a long way in strengthening our community.

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

Research advances knowledge. Getting involved with research means being able to work on and discover new applications of technology that can further develop the aerospace engineering field. In addition, research is academically challenging and mentally interesting, thus something I'd like to pursue to challenge myself further.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

One of my most devoted extracurricular activities is the Maryland Figure Skating Club. I have been the treasurer and am now the president of the club, and I am also a member of the Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team. Aside from sports, I am also a part of the University of Honors Program, Aerospace Honors Program, an ambassador for Honors Ambassadors, a SEEDS mentor and an Exchange Orientation Leader. I am also a sister of the professional engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon. Outside of the university, I have also interned at NASA Goddard three times and have studied abroad for an exchange semester in the Netherlands.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

One of my coolest engineering experiences would have to be interning at NASA during the 2014 summer. Not only was I able to work with a group of interns on the Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER)instrument, a cutting edge X-ray telescope, but also I was able to construct a full size model that was used for further testing. In addition, I presented my summer work to the entire NASA Goddard campus.