EIP Student Profile: Brooke Nesselt
Mechanical Engineering, Junior
Scholarships and Awards
A. James Clark School of Engineering Scholarship, Northrop Grumman Scholarship, Shapiro and Duncan Scholarship for Women and Minorities in Engineering
Northrop Grumman, Teaching Assistant for HEIP 143 and HEIP 144, HEIP 241, and Teaching Fellow for ENES 100, Deloitte Strategy and Operations (summer 2018)
Why I Chose EIP
Back when I was applying, I knew engineering was something I was interested in. Pairing engineering with an entrepreneurial education seemed beneficial in that it enabled me to diversify my skill set and set me apart from most engineers.
Why I Chose UMD
For me, Maryland made sense, considering I lived in Maryland my whole life. We’d visited for sporting events. My mother is a Maryland alumna. I love the campus. In addition, having such a great engineering program at my in-state university for the price of in-state tuition made it a great value to come here.
What I've Learned Through EIP
EIP helped me most with developing my entrepreneurial mindset. I now look at different problems people face every day and see them through a different lens. Engineers look at problems one way, but EIP has helped me see the complex components that are part of worldwide and social problems as well. The program has given me a toolkit to see opportunities and solutions.
What I Hope to Do with My Career
I am still trying to figure that out. Last summer I worked in the defense industry. This summer I am trying to do something completely different in the consulting industry. I am hoping that helps me evaluate my options for the future. I really enjoyed doing the case competition with Deloitte.
I am a risk-averse, structured person. I do not know if I see myself in the startup arena out of school. Perhaps later, when I have more experience and subject matter credentials, I will feel better equipped to pursue a startup.