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Haroula Tzamaras (Rou)

Senior, Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in International Engineering 

Lily SooklalActivities

  • Study Abroad:

Germany (Summer 2014), German as a teach assistant (Summer 2015), Australia (Winter 2016), Singapore (Spring 2017 Semester)
Clark School Ambassador

  • Chair of the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board
  • QUEST Honors Program Member: Cohort 26
  • QUEST Team Mentor
  • SEEDS Mentor Program Coordinator
  • Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Committee Student Representative
  • Flexus Living and Learning Program for Female Engineering Majors: President '15-16

Career Goals and Ambitions

I am still in the midst of figuring out what exactly I want to do with my life. Right now, I am planning on either going straight into industry after I graduate. I hope to find a technical R&D or product design position with a company that does international engineering work. Ideally, I will be able to join an international project and work abroad for a few years. 

Internships/Research

Summer 2016

I worked for GE Aviation as a Manufacturing engineering Intern at their site which manufactures reverse thrusters. I was able to do a large scope of projects ranging from manufacturing engineering to design engineering to lean manufacturing. In this position, I improved plant efficiency through redesigning storage systems and layouts, developed skills in CATIA, technical writing, and engineering trouble shooting, and learned about six sigma processes. Most of my work was done on the A320 Neo line, but also some on Boeing 747 and CX CF6.  Many of the process improvements I designed were implemented on the plant floor, and I was able to observe their impact before the end of my internship.

Summer 2017 

I worked for Arup as a Grade 1 mechanical engineer. Arup is an international design and consulting MEP firm. In my position, I was doing heat transfer and fluid flow calculations to design duct and piping systems for various buildings. My favorite part of this internship is that the office was in Washington D.C., so many of the projects that I worked on were places I had been before such as the National Museum of the American Indian. 

Favorite Aspect of Being an Engineer in the Clark School

I love the community of engineers within the Clark School. Being in such a competitive field, it would be easy for students to lose their desire to help each other. At UMD, it is not like that at all. I truly feel like my peers want to me to succeed, as I want them to. Mentoring is one of my passions, and I love reaching out to helping other students. But it’s not just me; students are so willing to help other students here, and it makes me proud to be an engineering Terp. 


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