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Nathan Niewoehner

UMBC is a great place to go to school, but you have to make sure you make use of it. Bug the professors’ office hours, interact with peers and make friends and you will get a lot out of your time here.”

 

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Campus Activities:
Lead Teaching Fellow for ENES 101 (4 semesters as a teaching fellow overall) Master of Ceremonies with the Cru Organization Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Autonomous Systems Research Lab Member of Tau Beta Pi

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because I wanted to be in an Engineering program where I would actually be known by my professors. I wanted to be tutored personally and thereby get more out of my undergrad experience. UMBC just so happened to offer that as well as have a great reputation.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love the opportunities I have had to excel and do things that I might not be able to do at other colleges. I am primarily referring to my time teaching freshmen in ENES 101. It has definitely been one of the highlights of the last couple years and I want to teach professionally at some point because of it.

What would you say to a prospective student?
UMBC is a great place to go to school, but you have to make sure you make use of it. Bug the professors’ office hours, interact with peers and make friends and you will get a lot out of your time here.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class has been my Signal Processing Course. This is a Senior elective and as such is one of the harder courses that Computer Engineers take, but it and other Senior courses are the courses where you begin to apply everything you have been learning over the last several years.

What are you researching?
The primary system I worked on was a 4×4 autonomous robot that was programmed to navigate a crop row using advanced Control Algorithms. My focus was helping the grad student working on the project implement the control algorithms on the robot.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
All of my past research was in the Autonomous Systems Research Lab in the Mechanical Engineering department.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
Short term I am going to work for JHU Applied Physics Lab, but long term I would like to teach as a professor.

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