Allison Griffith

Class of 2023
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Project Management
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: Thomas S. Wootton High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
When I was in high school I used to attend Maryland Day every year. I loved getting to see all of the amazing opportunities that UMD, especially the Clark School, has for their students! I also chose to attend UMD because of the amazing amount of support and resources that the Women in Engineering Department offers to female engineering students at UMD!

Best Experience with a Class or Project
My best experience with a class was in ENES269G: Grand Challenges for Engineering. I took this class in both Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria and I had an amazing time learning about engineering in different parts of the world! While in Germany and Austria, my classmates and I took tours of the Airbus Plant, Technical University of Munich, BMW Factory, German Aerospace Center, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and so many other fascinating places!

Favorite Class In Major
ENME272: Introduction to Computer Aided Design

Favorite Class Out of Major
MUSC210: The Impact of Music on Life

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Flexus, College Park Scholars: Science, Technology, and Society, Undergraduate Research

Favorite On-Campus Event
I love going to the UMD Basketball games!

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
I am currently an undergraduate research assistant where I am studying efforts to democratize expertise in the context of federal agency decision-making. I am also researching whether and how participatory technology assessments have changed expert cultures at government agencies such as: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The United States Department of Energy!

Cool Engineering Experience
Last summer, I interned for Caterpillar Inc. as an Engineering Intern. Furthermore, I had the amazing opportunity to work in the Building Construction Products Division and help with the Application and Installation of two types of engines on Compact Track Loaders and Skid Steer Loaders!

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