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Tess Wootton-Klebanoff

“Find your niche and get involved! Having something to focus on other than your major is valuable, healthy, and just plain fun!”


Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Hometown: Odenton, MD

Campus Activities:
CWIT Scholar Secretary of Musical Theatre Club Member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Summer 2016 Internship w/ Exelon Summer 2017 Internship w/ McCormick

What do you love about UMBC?
UMBC has a very unique culture that embraces intelligence and academics. We get called a “nerd school” often, and I think this is true. At UMBC, students care more about their classes or the Humans vs. Zombies club than sports and partying. I love being surrounded by people who are equally passionate about being competent and successful human beings. UMBC is also very unique in its diversity. I unfortunately don’t get to see much of it as an engineering student, but I still experience plenty. I have met so many different people from a variety of backgrounds and it has taught me the importance of diversity.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Find your niche and get involved! Having something to focus on other than your major is valuable, healthy, and just plain fun 🙂

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC would probably be my Mechatronics class. It’s an upper level engineering elective taught by Dr. Neil Rothman. In that class, we got to play with Arduinos and sensors, and every homework assignment involved actually building and programming some type of system. I learned more in that class than in most of my other classes combined, just from having so much hands-on experience.

Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
After my sophomore year, I interned with Exelon. They invited me back, but I decided I wanted to see other companies and try to understand more about myself, so I applied elsewhere. I ended up interning at McCormick & Co Inc the following summer, and I loved it.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
After I receive my Mechanical Engineering degree, I am hoping to return to McCormick to work full time in a track towards project management.

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