I enjoy working on problems that have the potential to directly improve the lives of other people.
I feel a duty to research topics that will optimally benefit the rest of the population.
The most valuable aspects of my experience at UMD have been the relationships, both professional and personal, that I have developed and will maintain beyond the halls of the department.
A friend in civil suggested I talk to MSE because it's an interdisciplinary major spreading over many fascinating topics that would meet my interests. After talking with Dr. Kathleen Hart my sophomore year, I was sold on materials engineering!