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Julianne Posey

“Every semester I meet new students who are just starting out their degrees in engineering, and while I have the opportunity to positively impact them, they always teach me something new too!”

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Myersville, MD

Campus Activities:
CWIT Scholar, NOAA CREST Fellow, Viasat Mechanical Engineering Intern, UMBC Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, UMBC Rock Climbing Club, Shazam Ultimate Frisbee Team, Environmental Task Force

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC for the close-knit and small school culture. I wanted to make connections with both my peers and my professors. Additionally, I chose UMBC for the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Program. All of the other universities that I had looked at did not offer such a supportive and uplifting community quite like CWIT.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love that I can walk down Academic Row and say hi to ten different people that I know, all of whom don’t know each other! There are so many areas for branching out on this campus. Also, I have loved my experience working as a Teaching Fellow for ENES 101 for the past four semesters. Every semester I meet new students who are just starting out their degrees in engineering, and while I have the opportunity to positively impact them, they always teach me something new too!

What would you say to a prospective student?
You will not be disappointed with the education you receive here. UMBC is a great place to grow and learn with a diversity of other people.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
ENME 217: Thermodynamics. I LOVED Thermo, it was the first engineering course that really made a lot of sense to me. I also had a wonderful professor who taught the course, Dr. Maria Sanchez!

What are you researching?
I am a NOAA CREST Fellow, and currently I am working with Dr. Ruben Delgado from the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology. My atmospheric research is in surface-level aerosols. I participated in URCAD in April 2019!

Where did you complete your internship?
Over the summer of 2018, I worked for Viasat, Inc., a satellite communications company, as a Mechanical Engineering Intern working on assembly and
design. In the summer of 2019, I will continue working for Viasat as a Mechanical Engineering Intern, doing testing and analysis for airplane radomes.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
In no particular order: I want to be an astronaut; I want to earn my PhD; I want to open a knitting shop; I want to summit the Grand Teton.

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