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AUTHOR: Nina Welding

PUBLISHED: August 7, 2019

Most people would assume that an undergraduate pursuing a double major in electrical engineering and computer science would have no time for research or club activities. They would be wrong. Zachary Kowalczyk, a senior from Wheaton, Illinois, has done it all.

For example, his most recent campus research experience was working with an electrical engineering faculty member to implement a system that created a 360-degree bird's-eye-view of the area surrounding a remote-controlled car. (He's actively looking for another research team for the new year.)

Kowalczyk has also worked as a summer intern in the Satellite Development Center at Boeing Space, Defense, and Security, performing worst-case circuit analysis and lab testing on satellite electronics prototypes. In fact, he was invited to return next summer.

He has participated in hackathons through the Entrepreneurship Club and competed in the Shurz Innovation Challenge, a yearly entrepreneurship competition held at Innovation Park.

He is also an active member of the Notre Dame Running Club and the Robotic Football Club. “The Robotic Football Club is the activity that has most impacted me during my time at Notre Dame,” he says, citing its cross-disciplinary nature and the hands-on experience team members gain, which potential employers find impressive.

He believes his success as a student can be traced back to his professors who have taken a personal interest in his education. Kowalczyk has found this true both in the classroom setting, where they have been very involved, as well as outside the classroom, where they assisted with his overall goals and career development. “I truly believe Notre Dame engineering is unique in its approach, taking an interest in each student to ensure that student achieves his or her personal goals.”