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Shannon Clancy

“I love how diverse our community is and how supportive the people here are. I love how…I can be both challenged by people with different thoughts and understand their perspective.”

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Pasadena, MD

Campus Activities:
Resident Assistant 2016-2017, 2017-2018 Summer Resident Assistant Summer 2017 Lead Resident Assistant 2018-2019 Paraprofessional of the Year Hillside Apartments 2017-2018 STRiVE Leadership Retreat Spring 2017 Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellow ENES 101 Fall 2017 – Fall 2018, ENME 110 Statics Spring 2019 Center for Women in Technology Student Assistant Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 Center for Women in Technology Affiliate (All semesters at UMBC) Ford Motor Company Summer Intern Body Exterior Summer 2018 Engineering Education Research Spring 2019: selfefficacy and self-assessment of perceptions and attitudes in engineering American Society of Mechanical Engineers V-LINC project: Angela’s Dressing Device Project, 2015-2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Executive Board Member 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Member since Fall 2017

Why did you chose UMBC?
I chose UMBC because of the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) program. I applied for the CWIT Scholars Program and didn’t get the scholarship. I was hurt and confused as I realized I should have worked harder during the application and interview process. A few weeks later I received an email with the opportunity to be on the CWIT LLC and be an Affiliate in the program. I decided the experience was more important than not being involved with CWIT and UMBC at all. I was excited about the community, the values, and opportunities that CWIT and UMBC could provide me.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love how diverse our community is and how supportive the people here are. I love how I can get to know people who come from a different background and experiences than I do, and be both challenged by people with different thoughts and understand their perspective.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Take in as much as you can. Ask good questions. Learn from each other. Make time to try new things and don’t be afraid of failing. It will happen, it’s inevitable, and it’s okay. Just pick yourself up and keep going.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My capstone class (ENME 444). It was a group project with two other female engineers working with a nonprofit called V-LINC, now VME since the new year, working with volunteer engineers whose goal is to design engineering solutions for people with disabilities. Our client had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and was wheelchair bound that she could not reach within 14″ of her face. Our goal was to design a multi-tool extension device where she could brush her teeth, put on makeup, wash her face, and use various utensils independently without the assistance of her family. This class and project was one of the most rewarding, challenging, frustrating and fun project/class I’ve had at UMBC. I had a great team and learned a lot about how to communicate effectively with them to make our tool a success.

What are you researching?
I’m currently doing research in Engineering Education focusing on self-efficacy in first and second year engineering students. The purpose of this study is to analyze, understand, and help students assess their self-efficacy and how certain factors, externally and internally, influence their decision to pursue engineering as an area of study and career. I am working with Jamie Gurganus in the Mechanical Engineering department.

Where did you complete your internship?
I worked for Ford Motor Company the summer after my junior year.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I am returning to Ford Motor Company as a summer intern, and then in the fall, I will be starting my Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. My research focus is in combustion and engineering education research certificate. I hope to become a full-time professor to teach engineering principles on the collegiate level, help diversify the representation of women and LGBTQ people in engineering, and be a mentor to students in engineering.

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