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Mei-Lian Vader

Mei-Lian Vader headshot“My favorite thing about UMBC is it’s campus. When I was looking at colleges it was extremely important for me to find a campus that had open green space and plenty of nature.”

 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Ellicott City MD

Campus Activities: Society of Women Engineers; Sign of Life Center for Women in Technology Scholar

What do you love about UMBC?
My favorite thing about UMBC is it’s campus. When I was looking at colleges it was extremely important for me to find a campus that had open green space and plenty of nature. UMBC provides a beautiful campus with the perfect mix of open space and academic buildings.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class here at UMBC thus far is MATH 155, Calculus I, with Mrs. Bonny Tighe. It was my first math class at UMBC and I loved the environment Mrs. Tighe created in her lectures. It was obvious to me she knew what she was doing and thoroughly enjoyed doing it which in turn encouraged me to enjoy it. I have always loved mathematics and MATH 155 just support my continued love for it.

What are you researching?
I have been a research assistant on campus in Information Systems for Dr. Ravi Kuber for over a year now. I started working with him the beginning of my freshman year on navigational techniques for the blind inside large transportation hubs. We are focusing on navigational difficulties blind individuals face when traveling in airports. In the process, I have complete a literature review, interviews, transcriptions, and coding of the transcriptions. I have also been awarded the Undergraduate Research Award and am planning on presenting at URCAD in the spring.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
In addition to my Mechanical Engineering degree at UMBC I am pursuing two degrees at the Community College of Baltimore County in American Sign Language and Interpretation. With these degrees I want to work on the design and development of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities specifically with the deaf and hard of hearing community. I would love to be involved in research or hands on development and use of such technology in school systems and other environments.

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