I graduated from John Hay High School, Cleveland, in 2008. Coming to UA, my first choice was Civil Engineering. It took me one semester to realize my heart was in Electrical Engineering. My first couple of years at college were rough, retaking Cal I and Cal II. It may have been a harsh way for me to transition from high school to college. However, the experience helped improve my study habits and learning skills. The solid foundation in mathematics made my junior and senior years much easier. I was honored with several scholarships, including Minority Engineering Scholarship, Choose Ohio Frist STEM Scholarship, Electrical Engineering Council Scholarship and Luis Hill Scholarship at the Mayor’s Banquet.

I am proud of my UA experience, especially the undergraduate research in robotics and electric vehicles that I completed, which led to my first co-op at a local electric vehicle company, Myers Motors. Later, I worked at Honda Americas R&D. Prior to graduation, I accepted an offer from the General Motors in Michigan.

Through the IDEAs Program, I was chosen to tutor students from Akron Public Schools, mentor minority engineering students, organize STEM workshops and host high school visitors. I also felt honored to serve on the Dean’s Team during my senior year, representing the College of Engineering at various recruiting events.

I would advise future students in the IDEAs Program: the IDEAs Program is a good place to make friends who have the same career goals. You will benefit from these friendships forever.