Kevin Meckler

Kevin Meckler

Kevin Meckler

Embedded Systems and the Internet of Things / Poolesville, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I decided to enroll at the University of Maryland because of their highly- ranked engineering programs. I looked at different schools in the area and the University of Maryland was my first choice. The staff was very friendly and responsive since day one. I knew I wanted to be at a school that not only had strong academic programs, but was also very responsive to the needs of the students and I found that at UMD. My experience has been great all around, from the quality of the education, to the community, and the staff. Everyone at UMD wants you to succeed and they will do all they can to make that happen.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
My plan was to get a degree in mechanical engineering, but I decided to switch to Embedded Systems and the Internet of Things because of the rapid growth that that field has had in the last few years. Technological devices have become an important part of our lives and I loved how broad the applications of this major are. I could work in consumer electronics, military and defense, biomedical devices, and even in agriculture. There is no limit to what I can do with this degree.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I enjoy watching TV shows and trying new recipes with my wife. I spend a lot of my time doing school work, working and trying to raise a very energetic two-year old girl. Before the pandemic I was involved with Engineers Without Borders, and NASA MINDS. Now that I have transferred to UMD and school is back in person I need to find a few more organizations to get involved with. I am also very active in my church, and as a church we often provide all sorts of community service from helping at food banks to assisting in natural disaster relief.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am a new transfer student so as of right now I am only involved with the Maryland Promise Program. My experience as an MPP scholar has been amazing so far. They have a close-knit community and everyone genuinely cares about your success. The program is very diverse and you get students from all backgrounds and majors. The program is tailored to prepare change agents, and I am looking forward to learning and growing as a result of this program.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
Academics are a very important part of my college experience, but I am also hoping to build friendships, relationships, experiences and memories that will follow me even after graduation.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation I hope to start working as an embedded systems engineer. I am very interested in military and defense applications, consumer electronics, and robotics. I still have some time to learn more and narrow down the things that interest me the most. I also want to continue my education and obtain a master's degree.

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