Bekah Schrader

Class of 2022
Major: Fire Protection Engineering
Minor: Global Engineering Leadership
Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan
High School: Grand Haven High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
I wanted to pursue Fire Protection Engineering, and UMD offers the only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program in the country. When I visited campus, I fell in love with the large-school atmosphere as well as the location along the East Coast. I also wanted to attend a school in the Big Ten because of their athletics, so that was another reason that I was drawn to UMD.

Best Experience with a Class or Project
My best experience with a class was my research project involving using acoustics and water mist to suppress flame. Even though it was cut short due to COVID-19, I really enjoyed being able to design and build the apparatus and test different components of the project.

Favorite Class

Favorite Class Out of Major

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Cru

Favorite On-Campus Event
My favorite on-campus event is going to basketball games.

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
I researched ways to use acoustics and water mist to suppress flame in ENFP429.

Cool Engineering Experience
Working at a summer internship that allowed me to help with live fire experiments on apartments to study firefighter tactics and improve firefighter safety!

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