Laren Losin

Class of 2022
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Global Engineering Leadership
Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
High School: Pikesville High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
I was accepted into the first cohort of the new Clark Scholars Program. I was really excited to be part of a program that combined engineering, business, leadership, and community service, all of which are areas that I take great interest in. Also, when touring I loved how much of an emphasis the Clark School placed on study abroad. Going into engineering, I knew that I wanted to get a chance to study abroad but was worried that it wouldn't fit into a rigorous engineering schedule. At the Clark School, they made it clear that gaining global experience was a priority of theirs, which is something that I loved. This is part of the reason why I chose to minor in global engineering leadership-this minor is super unique to UMD! Deciding to commit to UMD is the best decision that I have ever made!

Best Experience with a Class or Project
One of my favorite in class projects was the final lab for my BIOE121 course, the Biology for Engineers Lab. The final lab assignment challenged us to design and carry out our own lab to display the skills and knowledge that we had learned throughout the lab. My group ended up proofing bread which was really fun and educational!

Favorite Class
BIOE340: Modeling Physiological Systems

Favorite Class Out of Major
HONR238N: Public Health and Contemporary Health Issues: Saving Lives Millions at a Time

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
I am involved in the A. James Clark Scholars Program, University Honors, the Federal Fellows Program: Public Health Policy concentration, Maryland Images, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Alpha Eta Mu Beta Bioengineering Honors Society.

Favorite On-Campus Event
My favorite thing to do on campus is to attend UMD basketball games. Going to basketball games along with thousands of fans and members of the student body allows me to feel such a sense of Maryland pride. And they're free for students!

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
I currently work for the Office of International Research Programs for the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA. I love getting to learn about all the ways that the USDA is engaging in collaborative research with other countries. This internship pairs well with my global engineering leadership minor! I also plan on studying abroad in Madrid Spring 2021!

Cool Engineering Experience
In my ENES100: Intro to Engineering Design course, I was in charge of programming the sensors for my over sand vehicle (OSV). Coming into college, I had never really programmed before, so I was a bit nervous taking on this role but figured I should push myself to try something new. I learned how to program my sensors using Arduino, and in the end all of the sensors successfully carried out their functions. It was an awesome feeling.

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