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Student Ambassador Profile – BSME, Austin Wilson ‘21

Name: Austin Wilson
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be an ambassador because I wanted to interact with prospective students and guide them to realize their potential for growth and success at the University of Miami (UM).

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
I would advise that they focus on their education and professional development as soon as possible. While it is important to rest and have fun, I like to stand by the following saying: You can either have fun for four years and work harder the rest of your life, or you can work harder for four years and have more fun the rest of your life.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering (CoE)?
Something unique about being an UMCoE student is that there is a lot of competition, which makes everyone push themselves and each other to be better all the time.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
In this position, I am interacting with prospective students and assisting the CoE in any way possible.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I learned at CoE that while technical competence matters, having connections is by far the best way to land a good job.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
An organization that stands out is the SCUBA Club, because it is very unusual for a college to have one and it happens to be the largest organization on UM’s campus.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I feel that I am developing my interpersonal skills and getting better at communicating with people.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I have yet to begin, but I expect it to be a rewarding experience that will enable me to help support the CoE.

What did you do during your summer 2018 break?
During the summer 2018 break, I worked an internship and took a summer class. During my internship, I worked with a company that subcontracts to NASA for satellites. Specifically, the company designs optics and lasers for satellites, then packages everything together to make it as light and small, (and thus cheap) as possible. My role was to help design these packages so that they could be built and sent to the International Space Station. The summer class I took dealt with electricity, magnetism, and optics.

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