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Student Spotlight - Jill DeTroye

Jill DeTroye

Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • UMD University Honors Program
  • Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Living & Learning Community
  • UMD Navigators 
  • SEEDS Peer Mentoring Program

University of Maryland Engineering Camp Teaching Fellow:  During the summer of 2012, I was privileged to work with middle and high school aged kids on improving engineering skills through UMD’s engineering camps.  I lead experiments and organized activities such as DNA extraction, deconstruction of a telephone, and the creation of compost piles.  Through these camps, I was able to meet other engineering students who were interested in empowering our youth to pursue engineering related fields.

University of Maryland Community Assistant: Along with taking classes, I also find time to work as a Community Assistant through UMD Resident Life.  With this position, I am able to interact with a very diverse group of students and Resident Life employees.  I am responsible for running the desk with tasks such as distribution of keys/packages and providing information about campus events. I love being able to work in an area outside of my engineering field.

Career Goals/Ambitions

I am very excited to begin working after graduation.  I am specifically interested in topics such as consumer goods, sustainability, and pharmaceuticals.  I am amazed that chemical engineers help make everyday products such as toothpaste, makeup, and house hold cleaners.  I would love to be able to say that I helped produce materials that so many people use!  Once I begin my career as a chemical engineer, I hope that I have opportunities to travel and explore my personal interests.  My best friend and I have always talked about opening a bakery together and I hope one day that we can make this a reality.  Not only will our chemistry knowledge benefit our baking, the problem solving skills we have learned as chemical engineers would definitely help create a successful business.

Favorite Aspect of Being an Engineer in the Clark School

UMD is the best place to study engineering, in my opinion, especially for women in this field.  One of my favorite aspects about being a Clarke School Engineer is that UMD has helped me meet other woman engineers who have become some of my best friends.  I met most of these girls through the FLEXUS Living and Learning Program which allows women engineers to all live in the same dorm.  I love the sense of community that was established and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this program!

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