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Elyse Hill

Hill, Elyse-place“I love that I can walk down Academic Row and see about fifteen different people I know and be able to have an actual conversation with them other than just passing small talk.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Waldorf, MD

Campus Activities: Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) scholar, Honors College Member, Studied abroad in Lille, France at the Catholic University of Lille, Vice President of UMBC Kendo Club, Undergraduate Researcher in the Autonomous Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL)

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of its atmosphere and its size. When I first visited for a campus tour, stepping onto the campus felt like coming home. It felt safe, the atmosphere was friendly, and everyone I encountered was friendly. For the size aspect, coming from a small school, I knew all my teachers one on one and thus didn’t want to attend an enormous university where I couldn’t get to have that relationship with professors or staff. I knew I could get that here, and so here I came.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that I can walk down Academic Row and see about fifteen different people I know and be able to have an actual conversation with them other than just passing small talk. I also love that you can always find someone with similar interests as you no matter where you look.

What would you say to a prospective student?
I would say that if someone is looking for a college experience where they can be themselves while also stepping outside their comfort zone, UMBC is the perfect place to have that experience.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite engineering class has been ENME303, which is an introduction to numerical methods using MATLAB. I really enjoyed that class because I thoroughly enjoyed the material and my professor was great at teaching it to us. My favorite non-engineering class, however, would have to be the Honors Seminar I took on the Psychology of Women. In that class, I learned a lot about how females (and males) are socialized to be how society portrays them to be which was incredibly fascinating to me.

What are you researching? What faculty members are you working with?
Currently I do research with controls systems, which includes things like robotics and other autonomous systems. For example, currently I am working on a project to make an inverted pendulum robot. I work under Dr. Andrew Gadsden, who is a great mentor and professor that encourages the other volunteers and I to learn more and explore different projects in his lab.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
After I complete my degree at UMBC, I hope to attend graduate school and eventually become a college professor.

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