Name: Pranav Puritipati 

Major: Computer Engineering

Involvement: I am an undergraduate teaching fellow for ENEE200: Technology and Consequences: Engineering, Ethics, & Technology. I am also the secretary for Tau Beta Pi and the professional chair for Eta Kappa Nu. During my freshman year, I was a part of the First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) program.

Why did you become a peer mentor? 

The main reason I wanted to be a peer mentor was to make a positive impact in someone else's life. Being a peer mentor can make a difference to those who feel lost, stressed, or isolated, so I wanted to be a support system to those struggling with their transition to UMD." 

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 sports such as soccer and volleyball, and I am an intern with Northrop Grumman. 

Why did you become a peer mentor?

Joining as a mentee was one of the best decisions I made 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 every aspect of 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 plan to expand the program to provide the best experiences possible for those going down the same path I once did.