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Silton, Miriam

Major: 
Materials Science Engineering

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

My RISE area of interest during my first year in the program is instruction because I was a TF for ENMA300 last semester and really enjoyed the experience. Not only was I helping future materials, mechanical, and chemical engineers understand crucial material and failure characteristics, but I had the opportunity to get a taste of academia. It was also a great opportunity to both broaden and deepen the knowledge that I already had in the subject.

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

I’m not currently sure what my area of interest will be for the second year. I currently am a member of a research group here on campus under Professor Al-Sheikhly. However, I also tutor UMD students and would enjoy the opportunity to expand and take part in the Northwestern High School Mathematics Tutoring Program. Additionally, as a member of QUEST, I recognize the importance of entrepreneurship and am interested in MTECH and potentially working with start-ups or creating my own.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I train and compete interscholastically with club running and am a leader in the Jewish community on campus through Hillel. I am in the QUEST honors program, and this year will be a mentor for students taking their first QUEST class in the spring semester. I tutor UMD students in various STEM classes through WiseGuy. I also enjoy swimming, Scottish dancing, and playing the violin.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This past summer (and summer 2015 as well) I worked at the Army Research Laboratory, which is home to a diverse portfolio of teams working with different aspects of materials. I had the chance to tour an indoor range, program a machine to bond two pieces of metal through friction stir welding, and create my own samples using a variety of joining techniques to test and analyze.