Lucas Frankle

Class of 2024
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Global Engineering Leadership
Hometown: Huntingtown, MD
High School: Huntingtown High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?

I chose UMD because of how impressive the Clark School of Engineering was to me when I visited. I also attended a "Discovering Engineering" summer camp at UMD, where I was able to deduce what engineering discipline I thought would be best for me here. I was very impressed with the bioengineering program that I found. It is unique from options you can find at other universities, while still being a small group to allow a more personal major feeling. It also helped that both of my older brothers went here for engineering and spoke very highly of it. 

Best Experience with a Class or Project

A class I really enjoyed was BIOE241, which teaches MATLAB for Bioengineering applications. The content was incredibly helpful for a lot of my future classes, and I found that I enjoyed coding. Dr. Montas was also a very interesting professor who had plenty of stories to tell us during class. The end of year project was very difficult, but rewarding. My group had a make a simulation for different neuron situations. By the end of it, I was able to use this experience during an internship interview and it helped me get the role!

Favorite Class In Major

BIOE442: Python: Introduction to Programming and Data Analysis

Favorite Class Out of Major

ENES317: Introduction to Leadership in Engineering, Science, and Technology

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
On Campus Research Position
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor's Society
Intramural Sports
UMD Honor's College (ILS)
UMD campus food Pantry Volunteer

Favorite On-Campus Event

My favorite on campus event is homecoming week every fall. Specifically, the comedy show that happens to kick homecoming week off. The comedian that is brought in is consistently a big name, they are very funny, and student tickets are $10.

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences

I have done on campus research in a Bioengineering lab here on campus for 2 years now. I have gotten the chance to work with florescent dyes, lasers, cell culturing, and animal studies. I have learned a lot about the world of academia by doing this, as well as more about what being a bioengineer means. I was able to explore the option of graduate school before ever going! I was also given the opportunity to participate in three different research papers during my time here.

Cool Engineering Experience

A cool engineering experience on campus that i have had was working in the Fischell Department of Biomedical Devices. I was offered the opportunity to work on a real project for a real client. I used 3D modeling and 3D printing to rapidly protype new designs and devices to try out for our project. I did this the summer of my freshman year.