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James Kakellos

Hard work really does pay off. Come ready to put in the time and effort to succeed in this field. Always ask questions, someone is always willing to help.”

 

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Campus Activities:
Working full time at an Engineering Firm while attending UMBC part time doesn’t allow for many on campus activities. However I was able to play indoor soccer(futsal) through intramurals which was a lot of fun and a nice way to stay in shape during the semester!

Why did you choose UMBC?
I needed one more elective to take in order to graduate from a local community college and then transfer to a university. That class was called “Intro to Digital Electronics”. I had never taken a micro electronics class and really didn’t know what I was getting into. This class is what sparked a passion I didn’t know I had in computer logic and hardware. I chose UMBC as they were the leaders in having the necessary technology to teach the fundamental concepts of this degree.

What do you love about UMBC?
The wealth of knowledge that is teaching at this school is vast. I have never had a professor that I wouldn’t describe as anything less than brilliant. This is complemented by the students as well, as they are kind, generous, and willing to work together to learn new things. It is a challenging University, but one that will reward you for hard work and perseverance.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Hard work really does pay off. Come ready to put in the time and effort to succeed in this field. Always ask questions, someone is always willing to help.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class thus far has been the Capstone program my senior year. We were tasked with finding a team and building something over the course of two semesters. This class teaches you how to prepare actual working documents for the work force, as well as working on a project within a group. My group worked on the MicroMouse competition where we had to build an autonomous robot that will traverse an unknown maze and find the shortest path to exit. This class really brings together all skills learned throughout the four year program and challenges you to work with others to solve new problems.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I work full time at Century Engineering Inc. in Hunt Valley. They have allowed me to adjust my work schedule so I could take enough classes to graduate in a timely matter.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I will want a more challenging/rewarding position at my company now that I will have my degree. One day down the road I would like to achieve my Masters degree and then possibly teach at a University.

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