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Cornell Engineering student Amida

Meet Amida

Cornell Engineering student AmidaMajor: computer science and civil engineering
Hometown: Cockeysville, MD

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering because there are so many opportunities to develop my interests in engineering. Everyone here truly loves to learn which creates such an inspiring academic atmosphere.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the student body. You can meet so many different types of people who have amazing personalities.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Joining clubs, project teams, and attending campus events are just the beginning of what you can do outside of the classroom.

Cornell Engineering student Adigun

Meet Adigun

civil engineering
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell University because of its high academic rigor, resources, and opportunities. I understood that being a Cornell Engineer would expose me to a multitude of people and connections, as well as open the door to new possibilities for growth. Cornell is home to a strong tight-knit Black community, one which was important for me to have as I progress throughout my 4 years.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the common understanding that Engineers are one of the hardest working people at Cornell. It feels good to know that I am always surrounded by studious individuals that share similar interests as I do. Even if I experience difficulty in a class, I at least know that my hard work is paying off.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I am the Academic Excellence Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers, a member of the Cornell Seismic Design Project Team, and the CEO of SOLE ICY Restorations (a sneaker restoration business I created to reduce sneaker waste in the environment). I also work in the Diversity Programs in Engineering office as an Undergraduate Student Assistant.

Cornell Engineering student Kian

Meet Kian

Cornell Engineering student KianMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Commonwealth of Dominica

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I applied to Cornell University early decision mainly because of the the fact that I could really explore what I wanted here because I would be able to take courses outside of my major in my other interests like Architecture and Food Science.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I really love my project team Cornell Seismic Design. I came to Cornell not even knowing project teams existed, but this team has allowed me to explore my curiosity in design while learning from and becoming close to an extremely talented group of students.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Besides working on Cornell Seismic Design which takes up most of my outside of class time. I am currently doing research on earthquake mechanics with the McLaskey research group. I am exploring techniques like photo-elasticity to view stresses in laboratory fault experiments in a new way. I also really enjoy baking all sorts of desserts during my free time.

A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Anita.

Meet Anita

Major: civil engineering
Hometown: Great Neck, NY

Anita is the team lead for Cornell Seismic Design, is part of the McLaskey Research Group, which studies earthquake physics, and sings with the Cornell Chorale. Anita loves Cornell Dining’s buffalo chicken wings and started jogging regularly after taking a Cornell PE class on jogging.

Anita breaks the rules by going beyond building codes and trying to design truly sustainable and resilient structures using physics, statistics, and data.

Anita wants the world to know that women can be as successful as men in STEM! With regard to my experience in engineering, I want prospective students to know that it is important to face challenges and learn new things that are outside your discipline. Nowadays, different engineering fields are so interconnected that we as engineers need to diversify our toolbox.

Anita feels that the most incredible thing about being an engineer is that you fell like you are making the world a better place. For her, engineering is about finding innovative solutions to problems and creating a more resilient future.

Cornell engineering student Samuel

Meet Samuel

Cornell Engineering student SamuelMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I knew Cornell was a wonderful place, a place that’s vast, with immense opportunities. A place known for it’s academic rigor and it’s rewarding programs.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
At Cornell Engineering the professors are personable and supportive. Classmates are go-getters and friendly. It really makes for an inspiring community of like-minded individuals. You will certainly make friends.

How do you get involved outside of the classroom?
I have been part of multiple student organizations on campus such as S.O.S.A. (Scholars in Our Society and Africa) and EAST. I was also part of a project team which was quite an experience!

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Vanessa

Meet Vanessa

A photo of Cornell Engineering student VanessaMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Highlight from your time at Cornell:
Besides meeting so many incredible people and making great friends, my highlight was being able to spend a year in Spain. Studying abroad was always at the top of my bucket list and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go to Santander. It was definitely one of best years of my life!

Favorite Professor and/or class:
Professor Hover and all of his concrete classes!

What inspires you?
My parents have always been my inspiration for everything I do. I would not be graduating from Cornell without their love, support, and the sacrifices they have made.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be interning at Clark Construction for the summer and then coming back to Cornell for a semester to complete my MEng in Engineering Management.

What will you miss the most about Cornell Engineering?
Everything: the amazing professors, the campus, the beautiful sunsets, hanging out in Bovay and the Hollister lounge when we should have been working, but most of all, the friends I made at Cornell.

Advice for incoming students:
Always try something new and take risks. Never in a million years would I have thought I would love construction and researching concrete. All it takes is one yes to change your life. Trust yourself and your capabilities! You deserve to be here no matter what people (including yourself) might think!

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