Student Ambassador Profile – Maisy Lam, BSEE ’21
Name: Maisy Lam
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Electrical Engineering
Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
Upon entering the University of Miami (UM), I felt uncertain regarding my undergraduate academic path. At the admitted student’s day event, engineering ambassadors offered me advice and helped me solidify my resolve to study electrical engineering. They made me feel welcomed at the UM College of Engineering (CoE). I applied to serve as an engineering ambassador to pay it forward and help both incoming and undergraduate students as a mentor as well as to inspire them to pursue their interests by acting as a role model and spokesperson for the CoE.
What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
The CoE offers students an immense amount of opportunities to engage beyond the classroom. I would advise new students to capitalize on the breadth of resources available and immerse themselves in activities that interest them. The building is home to many labs and CoE supports a multitude of organizations ranging from the 3D printing Makerclub to departmental honor societies. The ability to be on the frontier of new knowledge, partake in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of a professor, or apply knowledge through involvement in various organizations, is an incredible opportunity offered by the College.
What do you feel is unique about being a student at UM College of Engineering?
The CoE, in the heart of Miami, provides students with the opportunity to engage in a truly diverse environment and interact with students, alumni, community members, and industry professionals throughout their time as an undergraduate. Students are able to forge connections and relations outside of the classroom through continuous engagement and outreach events, bridging the classroom and community. At the UMCoE, one studies and works in an environment where a global perspective is held.
Describe what you are doing in this position.
As this is my first year as an Engineering Student Ambassador, so far, I have volunteered at this year’s engineering student orientation as a tour guide and peer advisor. However, I look forward to continuing to volunteer and engage in opportunities throughout the school year.
What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
CoE’s curriculum and structured learning emphasizing communication between students, peers, professors, and staff has and helped me practice successfully communicating my ideas and thoughts. Additionally, courses and research opportunities that include presentations provided practice on how to fully and thoughtfully explain and express information effectively.
Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) serves to engage the female engineering collegiate community by including members in career building opportunities and encouraging them to participate in public outreach and promotion of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — fields to youth. This organization works to build a community of women engineers who improve lives, pursue curiosity, ask questions, as well as explore and analyze new approaches. SWE promotes professionalism, academia, and service among women pursuing engineering disciplines.
What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
As a student ambassador, I am able to represent the CoE at various events and prospective student tours throughout the semester. I have the opportunity to promote a remarkable program to alumni, high school students, professionals, and undergraduates.
Why has this been a good experience for you?
Being an engineering student ambassador has allowed me to practice how to fully and formally communicate information and work in professional setting by requiring me to serve as a liaison and spokesperson for the school. I have also been able to meet and learn from other incredible ambassadors through this program.
What did you do during your summer 2017 break?
This summer, I conducted research as part of the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology (QESST) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). This program was funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on developing the knowledge, technology, and engineered systems of photovoltaic devices. I worked on projects relating to the advancement solar cell design and application and utilized laboratories and facilities at Arizona State University to work with the three leading commercial PV technologies: silicon, thin films, and tandem devices.