Why did you pick WashU?
As a Dual Degree student, I come from a small liberal arts college where I enjoyed small class sizes and approachable professors. WashU stood out to me because of its small class sizes, accessible professors, wide range of courses and impressive alumni network. Additionally, the engineering students are not confined to the McKelvey School of Engineering when it comes to classes, research and extracurriculars. This showed me that engineering students had opportunities beyond engineering.

What was your favorite course and why?
A few courses come to mind, and it's really tough to choose. In terms of course content, I really enjoyed Random Processes and Kalman Filtering. The class had very difficult homework that I really had to think about, and I would often get stuck on problems. Randall Hoven was a great resource outside of class and was always willing to fully answer questions and not just give students solutions. This made completing the homework very fulfilling. In addition to this, the content was well supplemented with discussions of the applications of Kalman Filters and simulations of the different applications on MATLAB.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
I've had a lot of great professors at WashU, but one that first comes to mind is Jim Feher. He wanted each of his students to succeed and was very open to feedback on his course. Prof. Feher also welcomed questions about other courses and graduate school and, thuswas a very valuable resource.

What advice would you give to a new student?
Take advantage of office hours and join clubs or organizations outside of engineering. The professors and TAs at WashU have been so helpful outside of class. They have helped me understand the math and theory behind the topics, which has really solidified my understanding of the material. It is easy to get caught up in engineering coursework and clubs. I've found that taking study breaks allows me to retain more information and keep focused. There are also tons of activities that occur on campus and in the St. Louis area.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
As an avid cyclist and runner, I love being close to Forest Park. Besides the trails, Forest Park hosts tons of events throughout the year such as Friday night movies on Art Hill and the annual balloon race. The park also has the St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Science Center. All of these are free and open year-round.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
I recommend joining any club sport or checking out some of the classes offered at the Sumers Rec Center.

Do you have any work history?
At WashU I've worked as a TA for Engineering Design and as a WashU Dual Degree Ambassador (WUDDA). As a WUDDA, I helped introduce the new Dual Degree students to the engineering community and the larger WashU community. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work in Operations Modernization at Maryville Consulting Group.

What are your plans for the future?
I am pursuing a dual BS/MS in Systems Engineering and Data Analytics & Statistics. After graduation, I hope to apply my engineering skills in data science or a consulting role.