Keily Valdez Sereno
Dr. Scott Feister
I will discuss the importance of incorporating Undergraduates looking to explore specific topics within a desired field in research. When thinking about the future of engineering, it is essential that there are bright minds and passionate learners who can continue progressing the field. This incorporation will make room for fresh ideas and holistic perspectives that will aid in further advancements. I will go into my failures and successes as an undergraduate engineering research assistant to further elaborate on this point. I was able to find a need within the laser laboratory community that could be fulfilled by my background in electronics and 3D design, however due to my limited knowledge of laser laboratories I had to investigate further. By immersing myself in learning about laser lab environments, I was able to get a better sense of how to apply my ideas and make them reality. Applying concepts learned in the classroom to something practical was crucial to the process, since I was able to take theoretical approaches and make it all come together in the end. This type of hands-on experience benefits any researcher and increases their comprehension of the field and their skills and weaknesses. Any person looking to go into the field must have some experience and the opportunity to do so is already hard enough to come by in such a competitive field. Moving forward, the research experience gained will contribute to future collaborations and make for more technological advancements in our society.