Mechanical Engineering, Student
What got you started in you engineering?
In high school, my favorite classes were math and physics. I took every opportunity that I could to attend advanced classes in both of those subjects, even though they were among the more difficult subjects to learn.
During my senior year, I had the opportunity to shadow an engineer for a day. She was a woman who owned her own business designing and building private jets. I was amazed to see how the basic laws and principles I was learning in my physics class were being used and applied in the design of her jets. She helped me to see how engineers impact the world, how they set the foundation for technology today and how the critical thinking and problem solving skills engineers have are absolutely invaluable. I then realized that engineering was the major that I wanted to pursue in college.
What has been your involvement in the engineering program?
I have had the opportunity to participate in engineering clubs and organizations that focus on research and service not only within BYU, but in the global community as well as a member of the Global Engineering Outreach (GEO) club.
What are some of the projects you have been involved in?
I have had more unique opportunities than I would have imagined ever having in college. Among my more enjoyable classes was a class where I learned basic programming skills, and as part of a group project, programmed a robot to respond to simple voice and hand commands.
I have also become involved with the Solar Airplane Club. Over the course of a few semesters, I have researched and helped design models for a radio-controlled (RC) airplane that runs strictly on power from the sun. My research in this area will undoubtedly prove to be valuable to me in the work force as the world continues to look to renewable energy as a sustainable resource.
What international experience have you had?
As a member of the GEO club, I worked with a team of five engineering students to develop a bathroom system for the people of the Uros Islands, which are located near Macchu Picchu in Peru. My team then traveled to the Uros Islands to implement our design there. It was interesting to be able to serve and learn about a community with such a different lifestyle and culture.
What have you learned through your experience in engineering?
I have learned that I love problem-solving. I love programming; I love design and I have something to offer in this world of constant technological change. I have been given the resources at BYU to explore not only myself, but how to change the world for the better, and now it is up to me to decide how far I want to go.