Position: Programs Chairperson
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University Major (Undergraduate): Mechanical Engineering
University/Alma Mater (Undergraduate): University of Maryland, College Park
University Major (Graduate): Materials Science & Engineering
University/Alma Mater (Graduate): University of Virginia
Industry: Vertical Transport Systems
I first joined NSBE in 2008 as a college sophomore after a friend encouraged me to tag along to a general body meeting. I didn’t have any expectations going in, but I ended up finding a family, a support network and several role models and mentors whom I still look up to today. Once I had experienced NSBE, I couldn’t help but feel motivated to lead others to achieve the mission. After serving at the chapter level, I went on to serve as 2010 – 2011 Region II Academic Excellence Chair, 2011 – 2013 National Academic Excellence Chair and 2013 – 2014 National Programs Chair.
My daily passions include cooking, family and traveling! Although I am an engineer by trade, I am starting to believe that I am an educator by nature. After having a child of my own, I began to realize how truly profound the moment is when a child learns a new skill or understands a concept. I chose my trade because I have a passion for STEM, but as I evolve, I have felt those passions begin to shift toward instilling a passion for learning in others.
Considering the shift in my passions, I can see myself finding a way to combine my passion for STEM with early childhood education, specifically geared toward our communities that need it the most.
For me, Convention is all about crafting a value-added experience that balances the NSBE business with an individual, motivating experience. Many of the people I speak with about Convention refer to it as a true milestone in their lives, one just based on the raw power they felt when they were surrounded by thousands of engineers. However, I want to ensure that NSBE leadership is taken seriously and that the governance of the Society is also seen as a primary focus of the Annual Convention by all attendees.