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Thomas Ranneberger

“No matter what your major is, or where you come from, you will fit in somewhere at UMBC. The teachers are here to help you and make sure you’re given everything you need to excel in your studies.”

 

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Campus Activities: Brother of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Why did you choose UMBC?
The University offered a great engineering program and was near my home town. I wanted to stay local, and the in state tuition helps me afford college. When I first toured the campus, it felt very welcoming and seemed to suite me well.

What do you love about UMBC?
The amount of diversity on campus and how well everyone respects each other regardless of background. People at UMBC welcome all and are open to different beliefs. The teachers at UMBC are wonderful and are always willing to help students in any way they can, teachers here want the students to excel and always try to give students what ever tools or utilities necessary to do so.

What would you say to a prospective student?
No matter what your major is, or where you come from, you will fit in somewhere at UMBC. The teachers are here to help you and make sure you’re given everything you need to excel in your studies.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
CMPE 212: Digital Analysis and Design. I love all my computer engineering courses, but digital logic is my favorite area of study and this is where you learn the fundamentals.

What are you researching?
I’m currently not researching anything at UMBC as I work part time to pay for school and try to focus on my academics. Many areas of research interest me, including quantum computing.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
To obtain a position with a private contractor engineering firm, possibly taking on a position overseas in either Paris or England. Many opportunities are available after I graduate from UMBC, but as long as I’m working on the frontier of technology I’ll be satisfied.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
UMBC attracts certain people and is a promising place to network as everyone who graduates will be talented and strong professional. I feel confident UMBC has been the best place for me to obtain my degree, and has given me everything I require to become a strong professional myself in my own area of studies.

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