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Aakash Bajpai

“I chose UMBC for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. I wanted to pursue robotics to a deeper degree and through the program, I have been given opportunities to push myself farther than I thought possible.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Hometown: Pikesville, MD

Campus Activities:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (President); Tau Beta Pi (Treasurer); PANGEA Cultural Showcase (Co-Founder); Student Judicial Board Justice; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Beta Kappa; Meyerhoff Scholar; MARC U*STAR Scholar; NASA MD Space Scholar; Tau Beta Pi Dodson Scholar; Grand Challenge Scholar; Teaching Fellow for the Mechanical Engineering Department; Research Internships at UMBC, Caltech, Texas A&M, and NC State

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. I wanted to pursue robotics to a deeper degree and through the program, I have been given opportunities to push myself farther than I thought possible. It’s crazy to think that institutions I never thought I had a chance of getting into as an undergraduate want me as a grad student. Meyerhoff made this happen for me.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Opportunity won’t just land in your lap. You need to seek out your interests and build a network of people who can help you achieve what you want to do. If you don’t know what you want to do, try different clubs and see what you like. College is a great time to find what you’re passionate about.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
I really enjoyed Engineering Vibrations. It was the first class that combined higher level maths with physical systems and how to inspect them. My knowledge from the class is directly translatable to robotics.

Where did you complete your internship(s)?
Summer 2017 – Pasadena, California – The California Institute of Technology – WAVE fellows Program, Research with Dr. Joel Burdick
Summer 2016 – College Station, Texas – Texas A&M University- Interdiciplinary REU in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automated System Design, Research with Dr. XIngyong Song
Summer 2015 – Raleigh, North Caronlina – North Carolina State University – FREEDM Systems Center REU, Research with Dr. Srdjan Lukic
UMBC Research with Dr. Panos Charalambides

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I plan to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering or robotics in Fall 2018. I am interested in legged and medical robotics and creating low-cost solutions that are accessible by as many people as possible.


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