Eric Werbitsky

Class of 2023
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Minor: General Business
Hometown: Huntington, NY
High School: Harborfield's High School

What Made You Decide to Attend UMD?
I chose UMD for a variety of reasons. Overall, I loved the balance UMD had between being a great academic, sports and social life school. I also loved how UMD is a short Metro ride away from a major city but still maintains a green and walkable campus.

Best Experience with a Class or Project
My favorite experience with a class is taking CHBE422 (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Transport Phenomena I) in the "off semester." I took this course in Spring 2021, while most students take it in the fall semester. This resulted in a class size of less than 20. With such a small class I was able to become closer with the people in my major and the professor. In addition, this was one of the only classes I took in person that semester and it made my semester.

Favorite Class In Major
CHBE422: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Transport Phenomena

Favorite Class Out of Major
HIST200: Interpreting American History: Beginnings to 1877

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Intramural Sports (Basketball)
Alpha Tau Omega (Social Fraternity)
Club Golf

Favorite On-Campus Event
My favorite on-campus event is basketball games. With Testudo running around the crowd, the passing of the giant Maryland flags, the atmosphere and the skill of the team, there is so much to look forward to.

Favorite Research or Study Abroad Experiences
My favorite research experience was my summer research internship with The US Food and Drug Administration through ORISE. At their beautiful White Oak campus, I conducted experiments to demonstrate the biocompatibility of PLGA (a popular polymer used in medical implants) and its degradants. My favorite part of this experience was designing a flow system (using principles learned in my CHBE422 class) to mimic bodily stresses.

Cool Engineering Experience
A cool and unique engineering experience I came across was during one of my internship interviews. I was given a cervical disc implant and was asked to "perform surgery" on a model spine using implantation tools. During this process, I was asked and able to communicate to the employer about my engineering knowledge on parts of the process (from the polymers used in the device to the physics that goes into implanting it).

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