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Nassif, Mohamed

Nassif, Mohamed
Aerospace Engineering

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

During my first year, I will be doing the instruction track. I'm really interested in engineering education especially teaching and I have been a UTF for ENES 100 since my sophomore year so I have decided to continue with this. I enjoy mentoring and being able to help my fellow students.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 
For my second year, I will be doing research at the Jones Aerodynamics Lab with Dr. Anya Jones. As part of the Aerospace Honors Program, I will be doing a research project, which I will be using to satisfy the RISE requirements. As someone who hopes to attend graduate school, doing research at an undergraduate level will help me better understand my interests in the field of Aerospace as well as the commitment required for pursuing research at a graduate level.
What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am currently part of the UMD Fencing Club having been the Treasurer during my sophomore year. I am also part of AIAA (UMD-Chapter) and am the Junior Liaison for 2016-2017. I am also a Clark School Ambassador starting Fall 2016 and am an active member of the Near Space Balloon Program.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This past summer, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Rotocraft center on the flapping wing mechanism. One of my tasks was to understand and collect force measurements using a Nano-17, a high-resolution sensor that could measure forces and moments about 3 axes. Once I got the sensor to work and mount it to the flapping wing, I was able to see the lift produced by the wing and have a better understanding of aerodynamics forces.