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Layne, Avery

Layne, Avery
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering

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

I am interested in instruction during my first year because I've always enjoyed teaching. I've always liked helping other students, and explaining these concepts to others will ensure that I'm still on top of the material myself. Not only that, but I can see myself becoming a lecturer or professor one day, so this is good practice.

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

I am interested in research in my second year because I like being able to find new solutions to problems, exactly what researchers do. Not only that, but as a student in Gemstone, I've grown to enjoy the research process even more.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am a Teaching Fellow for the Keystone Program, a member of the Gemstone Honors Program, and the Academic Excellence Chair for the Black Engineers Society. I am also involved in a campus ministry and work in the MESA Lab.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

My cool engineering experience was being able to work in the MESA Lab for the summer. I got to draft and machine my own parts, learned quite a bit about drawing standards, and even got to talk to incoming students about what I did in the lab. Constant learning, getting things done, and communicating objectives to others are all things that engineers have to do, so it was fun to get a taste of that.