Name: Jay Lee

Major: Electrical Engineering

Extracurriculars: Outside of the ECE Peer Mentor group, I am the president of the Multiracial Biracial Student Association (MBSA), I play intramural soccer, and I enjoy studying abroad!

Why did you become a peer mentor?
Joining as a mentee was one of the best decisions I made during my freshman year. Facing a completely new environment, the ECE Peer Mentor group offered much-needed guidance through informative sessions and fun activities. Having the opportunity to get to know my mentor, some of my peers, and other faculty helped connect me to my major and the ECE department as a whole. After my first year, I knew I could give back by providing mentorship to other students, and as a member of the Leadership Team, I am working to expand the program and plan great events to provide new students with the best experience possible as they go down the same path I once did.

Catherine Rodriguez

Name: Catherine Rodriguez

Major: Electrical Engineering and Spanish Linguistics, Culture, and Education

Extracurriculars: On campus, I am also involved with Engineers Without Borders on the Kiryabicooli project. I am currently a member of UMD Club Running, and in the past I have worked with the Clark School as an engineering orientation advisor! I am also a member of the IEEE honors society on campus, HKN.

Why did you become a peer mentor?
Ever since coming to UMD and starting my degree in the Clark School, I have wanted to give back to the community that has helped me along my journey. I also wanted to show that minority students belong in ECE, and becoming a mentor to incoming students who may not yet feel they belong has been one way that I am able to accomplish this.