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Cocker, Joshua

Major: 
Mechanical Engineering

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

My RISE interest during my first year is Service. I have been working as a project lead on Engineers without Borders for the past 4 months. I have been involved in EWB for 2 years and found the work so rewarding and impactful that I have ventured to increase my role in EWB.

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

Instruction: I currently serve as an ENES 100 Teaching Fellow and plan to continue to serve as one next year. I have found instruction to be one of the most rewarding experiences I am involved in on campus, and serving in an instructional capacity has brought a lot of perspective to keep in mind for courses where I am a student. I find the ENES 100 course particularly intriguing as it involves engineering design, and so the problems students encounter are incredibly diverse and require a flexibility of thought from students and faculty alike. This is one of the very few courses on campus that I find the TFs often learn as much as the students in the course of a semester. 

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
  • UTF for ENES 100
  • Student Intern at Airgility Inc.
What is your cool engineering experience?: 

This past August, I had the unique opportunity to travel to a remote high school in rural Ghana to install a solar array to help power classrooms and administration buildings during incredibly frequent blackouts. Upon the completion of the array a large commissioning ceremony was held to cut the ribbon on this incredible project and pave the way for the students of this high school to be able to expand their studying into the night.