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Daniel Cooley

“I love how my professors are really invested in me and care about my success. They don’t hesitate to get to know me and I feel like I’ve made some lasting connections with many of them.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Hometown: Crownsville, MD

Campus Activities:
I am an active member of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors) Society. I am actively involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at UMBC. During the semester, I work as a Teaching Fellow for ENES 101, which I really enjoy. I’ve had three summer internships and one semester co-op with GE Aviation, and I am gearing up to intern with Northrop Grumman in Sykesville, MD this summer (2017).

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because it was the most affordable option I had that wasn’t a community college. However, a bigger reason I chose UMBC was that I knew I’d get better exposure to employers here than other places I was looking at, since it is a decently well-known school. Additionally, I had heard that their engineering programs were pretty stellar. I didn’t know what discipline I wanted to study when I first started, but regardless I knew I couldn’t really go wrong.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love how my professors are really invested in me and care about my success. They don’t hesitate to get to know me and I feel like I’ve made some lasting connections with many of them.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Get ready to work hard, UMBC is not an easy school by any means. You’ll find that even general education requirements take time and hard work. There is no such thing as an easy A here, but working hard always pays off.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
ENME 304: Machine Design with Dr. Neil Rothman.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I have completed 52 weeks of work experience with GE Aviation (41 weeks spent in Cincinnati, OH and the other 11 weeks spent in Middle River, MD) I am preparing to work another 10-12 weeks this summer with Northrop Grumman in Sykesville, MD.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I hope to get a job working for an Aerospace Engineering company (I’m looking at Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, GE Aviation, or the like). I really have developed a love for Aerospace while here.

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