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A Passion for Technology and the Betterment of Society A Passion for Technology and the Betterment of Society

Matthew Perez began his engineering career as an electrical engineer. But after taking some introductory courses, he found he enjoyed coding and the skills it developed. That’s also when he became interested in undergraduate research and how it could help him make a difference.

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Perseverance Pays Off Perseverance Pays Off

“I began my time at Notre Dame as a mechanical engineering major, but I switched to aerospace engineering,” says Jean Pierre Clarke. It hasn’t been an easy or a straight path, but that doesn’t bother Clarke. “I try to not get narrow minded in life by working out defined pathways to my long-term goals because things never work out how you plan them. Instead I embrace opportunities and work with the resources I have to the best of my ability.”

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Dual Degree. Singular Focus. Dual Degree. Singular Focus.

According to Katrina Gonzales, "it's all about fit and balance." For Gonzales, finding the balance between her dual degrees in computer science and economics while fully immersing herself in the university experience is a great investment for her future.

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ESTEEM Program: Professional Master's Degree for Tech Savvy Entrepreneurs ESTEEM Program: Professional Master's Degree for Tech Savvy Entrepreneurs

One of the many options engineering students have upon graduation includes a professional master's degree, such as the one offered in the ESTEEM program, an 11-month entrepreneurship program that provides students with an engineering, science, or mathematics background with a professional master's degree in entrepreneurship.

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Launch Points: Idea, Invention, and Implementation Launch Points: Idea, Invention, and Implementation

Christine Joseph, a 2016 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, may one day be adding to the list of products made for space exploration that make the leap back to Earth, greatly benefiting society.

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Women Lead: Tracy Kijewski-Correa Women Lead: Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Associate Professor Tracy Kijewski-Correa is a female in a traditionally male-dominated field. There have been challenges, and from very early on — she recalls her suggestions during group work as an undergraduate being dismissed out of hand by her male classmates, for one — yet Kijewski-Correa mostly remembers the sincere empathy of professors at Notre Dame who knew she was a student and the caregiver to the ailing grandparents who helped raise her.

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The Minority Engineering Program: Helping Students Combine Ethnic Identity, Notre Dame Identity The Minority Engineering Program: Helping Students Combine Ethnic Identity, Notre Dame Identity

Memphis native Leo McWilliams came to Notre Dame as an undergraduate in the late 1970s, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1982, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985. That was before the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) started on campus. Since there, he has been part of the changes in the MEP

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