Class of 2021
Hometown: Brookeville, MD
High School: Sheerwood High School
"My favorite thing about FPE is the community that is created by both the students and faculty members within the department! Not only is the major itself unique, but with its smaller size when compared to other majors, it has allowed me the opportunity to make some of my best friends and maintain a close relationship with my professors."
Why did you choose Fire Protection Engineering over other STEM majors?
I chose this major over other Engineering majors not only because I felt it was the most unique, but it was the one that I liked the most. Unlike other majors, FPE doesn't just constrain you to one specialization - there are so many career options, ranging from wildfire research to consulting and system design. The opportunities are endless and that's one of the biggest reasons I chose FPE.
What do you value most about the Department and your time with FPE?
The thing I value most about the Department is its size. It's allowed me to maintain a close relationship with my professors, which helps because all of the faculty members are very welcoming. Aside from the relationships I've formed with faculty members and my peers, I value all of the opportunities the Department has allowed me to pursue - whether it be internships or research opportunities.
How else are you involved in the campus community, either in or outside the Department?
Within the Department, I am also a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Outside of the Department, I am a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council, where we serve as Ambassadors for the Alumni Association. I was also a member of the Virtus program, where I "graduated" in Spring 2019. Some of my other involvement includes being a member of the Quest Honors Program, men's Club Rugby, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the Greek Heritage Society. In my free time, I love anything related to cooking or baking.
When you're not in class, or serving the Department, where can you be found?
Most likely at Ritchie Coliseum playing basketball!
What is the best thing about UMD?
My favorite thing about UMD is sporting events! Soccer and basketball are the best because the students get really excited and are really a part of every game.