David Boutin

Class of 2021
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Technology Entrepreneurship; Spanish
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
High School: Mount Saint Joseph
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What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
UMD was a perfect fit for me for so many reasons. The close proximity to my family in Annapolis along with its rising prestige as a university always made UMD a favorite for me growing up. The many diverse and unique projects and labs the Clark school had also made UMD very attractive. Lastly, the access to DC and the many companies that are partnered with UMD made me sure that I wouldn't have trouble finding an internship or full-time job.

Best Experience with a Class or Project
My favorite class at UMD has been ENES467 - Engineering For Social Change. This course looks at how engineering design, products and processes have created social change in the past and will do so in the future through both intended and unintended consequences. Through my involvement in the class, I was selected to become a Neilom Fellow. The Neilom Foundation’s Neilom Fellows Program seeks to publicly recognize, reward and celebrate engineering students who exhibit excellence in creating positive social change.

Favorite Class
ENES467: Engineering for Social Change

Favorite Class Out of Major
HONR229K: Achieving Justice and Equality in the 21st Century: Problems, Policies and Practices

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Theta Tau - Professional Co-ed Engineering Fraternity (President) Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Omicron Delta Kappa Terps Racing LSAMP STEM Student Leadership Board Hinman CEOs.

Favorite On-Campus Event
Maryland Day!

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
During the Spring 2019 semester, I assisted on research in the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Micro-Power Energy Harvesting for the Army Research Lab.

Cool Engineering Experience
My proudest UMD experience stems from my involvement as the Vice President of SHPE. I have spearheaded our effort to start SHPE Jr. Chapters at high schools around the DC Metro Area, starting with Wheaton High School. This initiative aims to increase Hispanic interest in the STEM field from an early age and provide the necessary tools and support to assist the students and schools. I targeted Wheaton HS because I wanted to support a school with a 50.7% Hispanic population, a STEM magnet program, a 11.0% drop out rate, an 82.8% graduation rate, and an average Math SAT score of 461. A SHPE Jr. Chapter can improve these numbers and make graduating in good standing, going to college, and pursuing a STEM degree more feasible. Three months ago, the 20 member SHPE Jr. chapter was officially recognized by SHPE National and I am currently working to improve these statistics!

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