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McCoy, Conor

Conor McCoy
Fire-Protection Engineering

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

This year, I chose Research as my RISE area of interest because I aspire to become a full-time researcher in a fire research laboratory and was very eager to start the process. Also, I have learned from the many Clark School programs that if you are interested in research, it is best to start as soon as possible.

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

For my second year, my RISE area will be Instruction because I enjoy helping others with academics. In high school, I was a teacher’s assistant for Chemistry and French and found it to be a rewarding experience. It is also a great way for me to practice and solidify my own understanding of the material. By the second year of RISE, I will be able to help out with a wider selection of courses.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I keep myself busy with clubs on campus such as Garden Club and Badminton Club. I also stay involved with various honor groups and engineering societies such as the SFPE, Tau Beta Pi, Primmannum Honor Society, and am currently a “newt” (initiate) for Salamander, the Fire Protection Engineering honorary group. Between these groups, there is always something for me to do since they all host a wide range of social, academic, and service activities.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

By far, my cool engineering experience is my trip with Engineers Without Borders to Burkina Faso in 2012. We visited past project installations such as solar lighting, charging stations and water filtration systems to ensure they were in running condition.  There was not much hands-on work, but it was extraordinary to see the application of engineering solutions and to gain field experience. I truly gained a deeper insight into the good engineering can accomplish.