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Undergraduate Student Spotlights

A listing of the best and the brightest College of Engineering undergraduates.

Team Player Team Player

According to Holly Miller, a chemical engineering major from Canton, Ohio, the camaraderie and support she has found among her classmates and the accessibility of the professors for students are two of the things that make Notre Dame engineering special.

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Care Giver Care Giver

César Martín Moreno has a passion for learning and giving back — connecting his career goals with the community that is so important to him. A Balfour-Hesburgh Scholar, he's pursuing a dual major in chemical engineering and neuroscience behavior.

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Cool Classes: Software Development for Drones Cool Classes: Software Development for Drones

For seniors Bart Janczuk and Daniel Guerra and junior Tim Blazek, their drone coding class has turned into a high-tech game of “Simon Says.” At least, that’s what they’re hoping they’ll be able to get their drone to do when they test-fly it in late April.

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Mover and Shaker Mover and Shaker

Jorge Luis Melendez Erazo opted to earn two degrees: one in physics from Stonehill College and one in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame. Earning two degrees has kept him pretty busy, but it has also given him some unique opportunities and opened up a variety of career options.

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Path Finder Path Finder

Katherine Cameron, a part of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Notre Dame, is studying aerospace engineering. She has found that the best way to reach a goal and measure success is to learn little lessons along the way.

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Lifetime Learner Lifetime Learner

Cristina Chavez, a junior studying mechanical engineering, believes learning something new and sharing those experiences with others is what it's all about.

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Back to Basics Back to Basics

What started as a project focusing on access to electricity in rural Tanzania morphed into a pilot program targeting dangerous cooking practices.

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Notre Dame Rocket Team Reaches New Heights Notre Dame Rocket Team Reaches New Heights

The Notre Dame Rocket Team earned the highest scores in the team’s history to place in the Top 10 of NASA’s 2018 Student Launch competition in Huntsville, Ala., and received its first ever perfect score on presentation professionalism.

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Concrete Canoe Team Takes Student Conference by Storm Concrete Canoe Team Takes Student Conference by Storm

Notre Dame ASCE teams, including the Concrete Canoe team, headed to Chicago for the ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference.

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Faith and Engineering Faith and Engineering

When asked “What is the most important thing you have learned as an engineering student,” most undergraduates talk about the technical side of engineering. Many mention the benefits of teamwork. Senior environmental engineering major Claire Nauman believes the most important thing she’s developed at Notre Dame is a more authentic faith life.

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Internship Experience Leads to Change of Major and SMART Scholarship Internship Experience Leads to Change of Major and SMART Scholarship

Steven Eisemann began his time at Notre Dame intending to major in electrical engineering. Three internships later, he is studying computer science and has just been awarded a SMART scholarship by the Department of Defense where he will continue his pursuit of a career in national security.

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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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Real People. Real Friends. Real Life. Real People. Real Friends. Real Life.

A double major in mechanical engineering and math, Katherine Shih says, “People talk about how hard engineering is, and it is not a cakewalk. But it’s worth it, especially if you go out of your way to find new friends and new experiences. You have to focus on the big picture.”

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No Experience? No Problem No Experience? No Problem

When Theodore Dilenschneider came to Notre Dame, he knew he loved three things — chemistry, math, and problem solving. He also knew he’d need some practical experience and help applying his talents and love for those things to a career. Hands-on research as an undergraduate gave him the experience to succeed and the confidence to thrive.

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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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Waking up to Big Ben Waking up to Big Ben

London, England, is a long way from Brighton, Mich., but Mary Kate O’Leary felt right at home. A chemical engineering major who is also pursuing a concentration in biomolecular engineering, O’Leary spent a summer studying in London, which according tower was “the best experience of her life.”

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Senior Design Projects: A Fitting Capstone to Four Years Senior Design Projects: A Fitting Capstone to Four Years

Every senior in the College of Engineering is required to complete a capstone project. It's a different challenge in each department, but all projects start from the ground up. Some, like the projects for aerospace engineering majors, really take flight.

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Even before Graduation, Engineers Bring Solutions to Life Even before Graduation, Engineers Bring Solutions to Life

At graduation engineering students step away from the classroom and into the engineering profession. Often, however, they have already had experiences working as engineers and coming up with solutions to real-life challenges.

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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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ND Undergraduates Score off the Gridiron ND Undergraduates Score off the Gridiron

Since the days of the Four Horsemen, the Fighting Irish have been known for their activities on the gridiron. Robot football at Notre Dame, which has been supported by The Boeing Company, offers rousing competition against other universities. More than that, it is a chance for the students to gain hands-on experience.

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