Kevin Lopez Pineda

Class of 2023
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Bowie, MD
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
While touring the school, it never felt like I was walking around a strange new place. UMD felt like home from the beginning and that's how I knew I wanted to come here. Making friends, joining clubs, spending late nights studying, and struggling in lectures. None of these seemed foreign to me during my high school days. In addition to that, it always felt like something was going on almost everyday if you went looking for it. UMD offers so many programs to ready you for the future, while also having a great balance of social events.

Best Experience with a Class or Project
In ARCH289I, I learned so many different things that UMD is doing to help reduce our carbon footprint. There are so many things that we overlook during our time at UMD, such as solar panels on parking garages or green roofs, that help make UMD one of the most sustainable campuses in the US. The numerous guest lecturers helped keep me engaged and I loved every class.

Favorite Class In Major
ENMA422: Radiation Effects on Materials

Favorite Class Out of Major
ARCH289I: Sustainability at UMCP

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Flower STEM, Flower Buds Mentorship Program, Intramural sports

Favorite On-Campus Event
I'm in a group chat meant for pick up sports, including my favorite sports at the moment soccer and volleyball. Its a great way for me to stay active and make new friends.

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
I was able to help do research at Catholic University of America and it helped introduce me to a lot of the things that researchers do in labs. Trying to understand what a Higgs boson was and its significance without any understanding of quantum physics was just about impossible, yet it was fun exploring the unknown.

Cool Engineering Experience
Constructing a Rube Goldberg machine during ENES100 was somewhat difficult over Zoom. While working with my group, it was amazing seeing our progress slowly come together forming the vision we had at the beginning of the brainstorming process.

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