Jacquelyn Schmidt

Jacquelyn Schmidt

As a recent graduate, Jacquelyn is now a first year Masters student in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, focusing on intelligent infrastructure systems.

During her time at Illinois, she shared the following:

In high school I was a big reader and got into physics through books like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. I wanted to spend my undergraduate education learning about the fundamental rules that govern the universe. I didn’t want to just major in physics, however. I love engineering and design and wanted to study something closer to applied physics. I didn’t realize how much learning physics would change the way I think about the world. More than learning subject matter, I have really learned how to solve problems. I have worked with quantum optics and a renewable-powered buoy using my physics education. In the future, I want to work in research and development, doing something related to smart cities, environmental engineering, and the internet of things.

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