Class of 2022
Hometown: Montgomery Village, MD
High School: Watkins Mill H.S.

"My favorite thing about FPE is how the size of the major, and the field, allows me to make personal connections with faculty members. It's easy to engage with your professors and form relationships with them, which in turn helps students obtain research opportunities and internships, since my professors now are the same ones that taught many current industry professionals."

Why did you choose Fire Protection Engineering over other STEM majors?

I chose fire protection engineering because it occupies such a unique and fascinating niche within the wide world of STEM.  I am already differentiating myself from all the other engineers in the world because I am receiving an education that I can only receive here at Maryland.  Many of my courses are similar to, and as rigorous as more common fields like civil engineering or mechanical engineering, but others are totally unique.  Everything I learn is easily applicable to the real world, and despite the major being so niche, many career paths are open to me because of how applicable the skills I am learning are. 

What do you value most about the Department and your time with FPE?

I value the sense of community that both the major and the field of fire protection engineering have.  Since the field is so small, and so many people in it went to UMD, there is a sense of community to the major that is very unique.  It's usually true that at FPE career fairs and networking events, many industry professionals are wearing Testudo ties and catching up with the same professors that I currently am learning from.  This sense of community also carries over to the classroom, where I know that the friends I make now within the department will likely be my future colleagues and coworkers.

How else are you involved in the campus community, either in or outside the Department?

I am in the ACES Honors college LLP, the Peru team on Engineers Without Borders, pursuing a Spanish Language and Literature minor in the college of Arts and Humanities, and I am a member of the UMD club lacrosse team.

When you're not in class, or serving the Department, where can you be found?

I'm usually in the social lounge of my dorm, where I am studying, playing pool, or reading a book.  You can also find me at the gym or on the lacrosse fields. 

What is the best thing about UMD?

My favorite Maryland moment was when I attended a home soccer game at Ludwig field for the first time.  The Friday night lights are real at Ludwig, and the soccer fan club here (The Crew) has a lot of pride and passion.  Go Terps!

Any advice for prospective students?

FPE is a great opportunity to combine all the benefits of a small major with the benefits of an accredited engineering degree, all within the dynamic environment of a large public school.