MSE Undergraduate Student Profile: Arianna Avellan

We chatted with Arianna - who will graduate in May, 2018 - to learn more about her experience in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) undergrad program, and to find out why she chose the University of Maryland for her studies.
 

Why did you choose to study at the University of Maryland?

"My favorite course thus far is Biomaterials - I discovered that I'm incredibly passionate about implants, 3D printed tissue and drug delivery methods. All these require a materials scientist in order to be successful. Improving human health is a life-goal of mine." 

MSE Undergraduate Student, Arianna Avellan

In addition to the beautiful campus, the Clark School has challenging and interesting classes, and the students are both competitive and collaborative. Additionally, UMD is close to my home and I like having the option to visit family/friends in my free time.

How did you learn about MSE, and why did you decide to major in it?

I talked to Dr. Briber at Maryland Day one year. All majors put up tables, give out hand outs and do demos for people that stop by. I was convinced by Dr. Briber’s explanation of what MSE people do and the importance of having them. MSE combines math, chemistry and physics, and that was exactly what I was looking for. After taking a couple of classes, I was sure that I made the correct choice.

Have you conducted any on- or off-campus research? 

Fortunately I have conducted both. I worked with Dr Hu and Dr. Lloyd at UMD as well as at Purdue University, University of California Santa Barbara, and ESPOL, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

How has your research affected your undergraduate experience or plans for the future?

It has made a huge impact. I was unsure of what I wanted to specialize in, but after having research experiences in different branches of MSE I was able narrow down my choices. Additionally, it helped me decide that I wanted to pursue a PhD.

What has been your favorite class, and why?

My favorite course thus far was Biomaterials. I discovered that I am incredibly passionate about implants, 3D printed tissue and drug delivery methods. All these require a materials scientists in order to be a successful material. Improving human health is a life goal of mine.

What's the best piece of advice you would give to another student, especially one thinking of majoring in MSE?

Talk to students. Many students have research or industry experience. Learning about what they did is incredibly helpful in helping you decide what you want to do internship and post-graduation wise. Additionally, they give useful advice about classes and study techniques.

What do you do outside of class and the lab?

I'm in the engineering sorority and do a lot of activities with my sisters. Additionally, I like to play with my dog a lot; she is 14 but a puppy at heart. I am also the ambassador coordinator for the Clark School, so I attend several outreach and recruitment events. Finally, I love to travel - I travel every chance I get!

What would you like to do after graduation?

A Ph.D.! I want to specialize in what I feel passionate about. I would love to be an expert in my field of study.