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Natalie Rudisill

“I love that UMBC is diverse; you learn about so many different aspects of life, that it makes you a much more well-rounded student.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Williamsport, MD

Campus Activities: UMBC Racing – Baja SAE Volvo/Mack Truck Internship Department of Defense Internship

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because the engineering program is outstanding compared to other schools in the area, with a major focus in undergraduate teaching.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that there are so many different clubs that can foster your interests, whether it be within your major, or just a hobby. I also love that UMBC is diverse; you learn about so many different aspects of life, that it makes you a much more well-rounded student.

What would you say to a prospective student?
I would tell prospective students that coming to UMBC was a life changing experience for me, and if you do come to UMBC, get involved early and stay involved. One of my only regrets was not getting out of my room to experience UMBC sooner.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class so far in the Mechanical Engineering track was a senior design class. We could chose our own project to work on for the UMBC Baja vehicle, and my group chose and anti-roll bar. Being able to do the full design and machining ourselves was a great experience. I also loved the general topic of the class: vehicle dynamics.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I have applied most of my classroom-learned concepts by participating in the UMBC Baja team. Being able to design a system of the car, and having to work with others is one of the most challenging and critical engineering problems I have been faced with so far in my undergraduate career. I also worked as an intern with the Department of Defense after my junior year of the track. I mostly worked on HVAC systems.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
Before I start my job in the fall, I will be taking a few months off to participate in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adult’s 4K for Cancer run. I will be fundraising a minimum of $4500 for UCF to participate over the summer. After starting my job in the Fall, I may come back to UMBC to pursuit a Masters Degree.

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