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Dr. Brian Schmit
Associate Dean for Research
I received this position after hearing about it from Dr. Mathison, who was my professor for Thermodynamics. The opportunity has allowed me to perform research in an area that I am really interested in. Through the research I have learned a lot about the use of energy in the United States. My research experience was a great opportunity for me to apply some of engineering knowledge to a real-world problem. The time spent doing research was definitely a positive experience and I am grateful that I got the opportunity.
This research opportunity was one of the most interesting and beneficial experiences of my life. As a sophomore heading into my junior year, I began my summer research with very base programming knowledge. Since my project involved mostly programming, I needed to expand my knowledge and develop my skills quickly. Through several hours of interpreting code written by current and previous research colleagues, and through several hours of writing and testing my own code, I was able to not only achieve our research objectives, but also drastically improve my programming knowledge. Writing code, and research in general, can be a challenging and frustrating process; but also a very rewarding one. This research experience was absolutely invaluable to me, by exposing me to these challenges and allowing me to grow not only as a programmer, but as a researcher. If there are any students interested in getting involved in summer research, I would highly recommended introducing yourself to professors who have similar research interests as you. Most professors are happy to talk to students who take the initiative to get involved in research.