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Student Ambassador Profile: Swati Narasimhan, BSMAE ’19

Name: Swati Narasimhan
Class: 2019
Hometown: Miami
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor(s): Electrical Engineering, Mathematics

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be a student ambassador because I wanted to showcase our wonderful College to potential incoming freshmen to make them feel welcome and excited about the U.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
The first thing to do is to figure out how much and how to study for your classes. After that, set aside time for work or research, and – with the time that remains – join organizations on campus.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
The UM CoE is very small compared to many other engineering colleges, which is a huge benefit. It is easy to form personal relationships with the faculty and staff, and it feels like a family.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
As an engineering student ambassador, I represent the college to prospective students at all major recruiting events throughout the academic year. I also assist in facilitating several events within the College.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I have learned important leadership and social skills through my involvement in student organizations, along with learning time management through my classes. These three skills have made my position as an ambassador more fulfilling and productive.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is my favorite organization. I have been involved on its executive board since my freshman year, allowing me to view firsthand the great work that the organization does. SWE provides a network of support to the females in our engineering college, and we share that support and inspiration with budding female engineers in grades 1-12 through numerous outreach events throughout the year.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
Through this position, I am furthering my abilities to lead. I am also learning how to convey information easily and reliably. I enjoy hanging out with my friends at these major College events while meeting many new, interesting people.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
I have really enjoyed being in Engineering Students Ambassadors (ESA) because I have gotten to meet many more awesome engineering students from other disciplines that I would not have met otherwise. I also feel more in tune with what is going on in the College, and I feel satisfied getting to return some of what the CoE has given me by showing prospective students how great it is to be a ’Cane engineer.

What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
This past summer, I was a design engineer intern at Caterpillar, working with the electric drive systems team in Mossville, Illinois.

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