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Anderson, Adam

Computer Engineering

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

During my first year of RISE program, I intend to focus on instruction. I have worked and volunteered as a teaching assistant and peer mentor throughout high school, from which I discovered a passion for teaching. I look forward to the opportunity to help my peers learn about the things I am passionate about.

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

During my second year, I will focus on research. This past summer, I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and I am enthusiastic about continuing to contribute to computer science or computer engineering research. I want to wait until my second year in the program so I can be further along in my coursework, which will allow me to make a more significant contribution to a research project.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

In August, I began a new job as a lab manager for Terrapin WOrks, an umbrella organization that coordinates digital manufacturing resources at the University of Maryland. I work at the Makerbot Innovation center servicing requests and maintaining printers, among other things. I also put a lot of time into the Direct Reading Program (DRP), an initiative of the math department which pairs undergraduates with graduate mathematics students to work on semester long projects on interesting math topics. I have spent two semesters thus far studying different types of fractals. I am also a peer counselor at Help Center, a students run peer counseling and crises intervention center for the Primannum Honor Society, for which I collaborate with committee members to select recipients for local scholarships offered by the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This experience is not extraordinarily noteworthy, but it was a great experience as one of the first 3D prints I ever completed. After working with my DPR mentor for a semester studying fractals, I decided to make a Sierpinski tetrix as a gift, even though I had no real experience with 3D design. After a lot of time spent learning Blender, I was to successfully fabricate the tetrix, the first of many printable fractals I ended up designing.