January 25, 2008Her job: Student, University of Maryland
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I am a senior in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.
Why did you choose engineering?
Since elementary school, math and literature have been my favorite topics. I was always passionate to learn more about mathematics. Then, I attended the Exceptional Talents High School which provided me with a strong background in math and physics as basics of engineering. Since engineering is the best tool to employ mathematics and physics in a creative and innovative way, I considered engineering as my best choice of major. Also, my father is a professor of engineering, and attending engineering conferences with my father since childhood was my other motivation.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
I started my undergraduate studies at Montgomery College, Rockville; then, I transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park. I am currently a senior in electrical engineering, and will graduate in May 2008 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
As an engineering student, I have participated in two National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at Drexel University and University of Maryland. I have worked on optimizing a handheld resonance analyzer, and have written codes, and performed simulations for theoretical studies. Also, at the University of Maryland, I am member of different engineering groups such a Leaders of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
Engineering employs theoretical knowledge to build devices that are used in everyday life. That is the best part of being an engineer.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I have maintained a 4.0 GPA up to this point, which is my last semester of college. I have received different awards and scholarships, which makes me feel that my hard work has been rewarded. One of the awards that I like the most was Sonya Kovalevsky medal (named after the first women to receive a PhD in mathematics), which I received in my sophomore year. Also, the result of the last research experience that I participated in has been submitted for publication to Chaos, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.
Please tell us a little about your family.
My mother is a Professor of economics, and my father is a Professor of engineering. I have one brother, who is also pursuing a B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, and we have taken a few classes together. Furthermore, all members of my family are published authors.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
My short term goal is to graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and attend graduate school next year. My long term goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and work as a research professor.
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My family has always had the greatest influence on my life choices. I believe that my mother inspires me the most since she always supports my decisions and tells me she knows that I make the right choice.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Believe in your abilities; if you enjoy math and physics, you will find engineering very interesting. If I could do it, you can do it too. Never underestimate you talents, and you will succeed.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
While I truly enjoy mathematics, I have been writing poetry since first grade of elementary school. So, one of my hobbies outside of engineering is poetry and literature. So far, during my years at college, I have published two books of poetry, “Our world and Our Words,” and “The Beauty of Nature.”