SUNY New Paltz Engineering Student Florence Nelson Accepted by Prestigious RPI Graduate Program
Florence Nelson has been accepted to undertake graduate studies at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She describes her present state of mind as follows: “I am nervous and excited about living in a new place with new people, and I know graduate study in a technical field will be a challenge. Yet New Paltz has supplied me with the basics I will need, as well as a way to think and learn the material. The majority of my professors helped in the application process by providing recommendation letters, keeping me aware of possible scholarships, and providing the names of people with whom it would be beneficial to network.”
At New Paltz, Florence benefited from the diversity of departments within the School of Science and Engineering, as well as from the Liberal Arts nature of the College: “My experience at New Paltz has been both challenging and enjoyable. A B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and minor in Computer Science, were a lot of work and took time as well as dedication. However, the friendly, informal environment within the department, the professors and the extra-curricular activities offered were helpful and conducive to success. Undertaking a technical major was softened by living on a non-technical campus. I enjoyed studying engineering while being able to enjoy the artistic and diverse atmosphere of the campus.”
About her dream-come-true future activities at RPI, Florence says: “I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Electric Power. Eventually I would like to work, in some capacity, on the power grid, and perhaps teach one day. In today's climate, energy transmission, distribution, and level of pollution, are of the utmost importance politically and environmentally.”
Florence Nelson using robotics facility at SUNY New Paltz.