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Power Connector

AUTHOR: Nina Welding

PUBLISHED: August 7, 2019

Joining the Band of the Fighting Irish, and participating in marching band, concert band, pep band, and small wind ensembles, was like coming home for Annalise Arroyo. A junior from Fox Island, Washington, Arroyo says, "The band was my entrance into the Notre Dame community, but there are infinite ways to be part of the campus community, whether it be through your dorm, intramural sports, or any number of clubs or activities.”

Arroyo, who is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in multimedia, has taken advantage of several opportunities to connect while here at Notre Dame. For example, she is an officer for the Robotic Football Club and has conducted research for the club to design a new LED system for their robots [players]. She has also taken a research class for the club in order to redesign the standard base for their robots, which helped improve their connectivity and power usage.

This past summer she interned off campus at a naval research facility. Part of the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, Arroyo worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport, Washington, designing and prototyping a power management board. She also worked with microcontrollers and wrote a sensor interfacing code in Python.

According to Arroyo, her summer experience confirmed her decision to pursue electrical engineering. "I chose engineering because I'm passionate about designing and building things and watching them work,” she says. “I chose electrical engineering because I enjoy working in the space where software and hardware interact.”

Arroyo’s plans for the future include working in control systems or digital signal processing and pursuing a Master's degree in robotics.