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Student Ambassador Profile: Isaac Furtney, MSECE ’18

Name:  Isaac Furtney
Class: Graduate Student
Hometown: Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Major: Computer Engineering – Software Option

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I wanted to meet new people across different departments of the College of Engineering and to have the opportunity to tell potential students about why University of Miami is the right choice for them.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
Plan your class schedule ahead of time and start applying for internships in September.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
Despite the competitiveness, everyone is willing to help each other. If you don’t understand a topic in class, you can almost always find another student who will tutor or teach you the material. Students form study groups and share their notes to work together in a collaborative effort to complete the workload that comes with being an engineering student.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
I attend information sessions to help inform potential students about the UM experience and volunteer at various College of Engineering programs, whether it be working with younger students or meeting with visiting company representatives.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
I learned a lot about networking with people. Every relationship you build along the way may be a future employment opportunity or connection that could radically change your career path. I’m still friends with UM students I met at an information session when I was a high school senior.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
Eta Kappa Nu is the computer and electrical engineering honors society. It stands out to me because of how active the organization is and how close its members are. We frequently study for classes together in their  office. All the members serve as tutors for the College, and we do several social and professional development events a year. The organization serves as a perfect example of what an engineering honors society should strive to be.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
I’ve had the opportunity to help students answer a lot of the questions that I had back when I was deciding colleges. I’ve also learned a lot about other departments and what’s going on around campus.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
It’s a rewarding experience to be able to help support the College of Engineering since it has given me so many opportunities.

What did you do during your Summer 2017 break? (please be specific in regards to work/internship, company, etc.)
I worked full-time for most of the summer at an aerospace defense contractor in Central Florida. I specialized in prototyping controls for cockpit systems and integrating them into planes. I worked with a small team of relatively young engineers, so the environment was always fun and full of joking around with each other. I took a couple weeks off at the end of the summer and toured through Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina with my mother.

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