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Matthew Dodge

“Going to the Alma Mater of my dad and seeing how successful he has been assured me that UMBC would not only allow me to grow as a person but to help set me on the right path for success after graduation.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Westminster, MD

Campus Activities:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Vice President); National Society of Black Engineers (Academic Excellence Chair); Center for Women in Technology Affiliate; Captain of Intramural Indoor and Outdoor Soccer

Why did you choose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because it seemed like the right place for me, it was a decently sized campus but with a community feel. Going to the Alma Mater of my dad and seeing how successful he has been assured me that UMBC would not only allow me to grow as a person but to help set me on the right path for success after graduation.

What do you love about UMBC?
I wanted a place big enough that I could walk around and see friends while also seeing people I have never seen before. UMBC strikes the perfect balance of big campus with small classes, a great environment where you can always meet and make new friends.

What would you say to a prospective student?
UMBC is the type of place that will allow you to get out of it what you put into it. Just know that you can truly mold this school and your experience when you’re attending it to whatever you want out of college. It is the right environment to set you on an upward trajectory upon graduation.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC has been Machine Design. It was taught by one of the best professors our department has. It was also the class that provided me with the most real world engineering experience! It helped show me truly what engineers do.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience? What is the name of the company or organization where you completed the experience?
T. Rowe Price (Summer 2016) – Facilities Management Intern
Johnson Mirimiran Thompson (Summer 2017) – Mechanical Intern

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I hope to go into renewable energies. I think one of, if not the biggest issue facing the world in the next 25-50 years will be climate change. Growing up I have been lucky enough to travel around the country and see some truly incredible sites. This allowed to notice the impact humans have on the planet, so I just want to do my part to help contribute to saving the planet

 


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