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Student Ambassador Profile – Carolina Flores, BSBE ‘19

Name: Carolina Flores
Class: Senior
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
Being not only female, but also Hispanic, I feel a certain degree of responsibility to serve as a representative to the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) and encourage students that are like me to pursue this career despite the challenges and obstacles.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
My advice to new engineering students is to not be afraid of asking questions or asking for help. Naturally, we would like to say that we can do it all on our own without any help but in reality, teamwork and collaboration are essential for understanding and innovation.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
As a student at the UMCoE, we are exposed to a very diverse environment compared to other universities that are only engineering-focused. It is really fun to be able to talk to young professionals from different fields and learn from each other.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
As an engineering student ambassador I am given the opportunity to tell my own story. Through my experiences, I am able to connect with students who are interested in becoming an engineer but do not know where to begin. As a student ambassador, I am able to answer those questions and give advice to students just like I needed when I was starting my own journey.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I have learned how to use on-campus resources to help me find opportunities in the areas of research that I am interested in. It is because of my experiences in research that I have been able to use what I have learned in the classroom and apply them to real projects to reinforce my skill sets.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) really stands out to me because they promote STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – fields to girls in grades K-12, which is important in our society. Not only do they get to see how fun it is to be an engineer, but they’re also exposed to science and math-related activities that will reinforce their developing interest at a young age and further their interest in STEM.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I feel that I am getting the opportunity to serve as a role model for other students. As an engineering student ambassador, I am able to help others as well increase students’ interest in fields related to STEM.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I get the chance to be a representative of my university. I’ve also been afforded the opportunity to expand my network within the CoE and beyond to industry professionals as well.

What did you do during your summer 2018 break?
I interned for the Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory where I actively worked on material characterization as well as the design and execution of experiments. I tested many of the properties of polyurethane adhesive to improve the manufacturing capability of cardiac catheters.

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