I feel a duty to research topics that will optimally benefit the rest of the population.
I enjoy working on problems that have the potential to directly improve the lives of other people.
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!
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.