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Laina Colony

“UMBC is a place where it is cool to be nerdy. People here, faculty and students, all support each other and encourage each other to try harder and try new things.”

 

Major: Chemical Engineering – Environmental Track

Hometown: Myersville MD

Campus Activities:
I am currently president of the UMBC SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Snowmobile Club and was president for the 2018/2019 school year as well. We take a snowmobile and modify the engine and exhaust system to run more efficiently with cleaner emissions. In the spring of 2019, I was a teaching fellow for ENCH 225L and as of fall 2019, I am a teaching fellow for ENCH 425 (fluid dynamics).

What would you say to a prospective student?
UMBC is a place where it is cool to be nerdy. People here, faculty and students, all support each other and encourage each other to try harder and try new things. UMBC really feels like home once you find your people and it truly is a “community of inquiring minds”. The professors here truly care about their students and I could not have asked for a better experience. If you want to push yourself and find out what you really are capable of doing, UMBC is the place for you.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC was ENCH 442, controls and process safety. This class took my knowledge from other courses and applied it to new systems. It was taught by Dr. Raikar and she explained the material very well and presented it in a format that showed us, as a class, why this information was important.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
Over the summer of 2019 I completed an internship at DAC (Decisive Analytics Cooperation). They are an engineering and software based company working mainly in defense contracts. I was able to gain experience working in a field that is not directly related to my major. From this internship, I gained experience in programming, using python, and was able to develop a program that was later used in a contract for the NGA.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
After graduating from UMBC with my bachelors, I plan to stay at UMBC to get my Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. After this I hope to go on to work in the renewable energy field.

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