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Erica Haschert

“I also love the various programs that UMBC has, particularly the CWIT program since I would not be in the major I am without their continuous community of support.”


Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Stevensville MD, USA

Campus Activities: Student Assistant in the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Office; Co-Captain of the UMBC Equestrian Team; Interned with the Federal Government for the past three summers; Future Systems Engineering Development Program participant with the Department of Defense.

Why did you chose UMBC?
I choose UMBC because I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere here. It was very laid back, yet studious and I couldn’t get lost on campus since it’s just a huge circle. I also choose UMBC because of the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Program and their mission of promoting women and minorities in STEM fields, and I knew I wanted to be a part of something as amazing as that.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love the campus, how I cannot get lost on campus and how many study spaces there are outside for when the weather is nice. I also love the various programs that UMBC has, particularly the CWIT program since I would not be in the major I am without their continuous community of support. The CWIT program is about empowering women and minorities in STEM fields and without their constant support, I would have given up a long time ago.

What would you say to a prospective student?
If you are looking for a school that will push you academically and support you as you continue to grow as a person and a student, then UMBC is the school for you. Academics are very important here and they will push you, a LOT. But the staff here are incredible at working with students and making sure they can thrive in their major. Plus the mascot is pretty cute! I mean come on, how awesome is it that our mascot is a dog?!

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class by far has been my Machine Design class. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to put my engineering skills to the test and design a crane from scratch to meet the project’s constraints. I also liked it because I got to learn how machines worked and what goes into designing a machine to do what you want it to do. I’ve always been fascinated by machines and how they worked, and now I know the engineering behind it! Plus my group’s crane won the competition we had, which is pretty awesome that something I helped build and design would go on and win an entire competition among my classmates.

Where did you complete your internship?
I have interned the past three summers with the Federal Government where I was a mechanical engineering intern.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I have already accepted a position with the Department of Defense (DoD) where I will be a Systems Engineering Developmental Program participant where I will be taught how to become a professional Systems Engineer with the DoD.

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