Teresa Mayforth '14
Major: Electrical Engineering
Q: Why did you choose Clarkson?
A: I chose Clarkson because of the friendly atmosphere and how whenever I was on campus I never wanted to leave.
Q: How did you get involved with FIRST Robotics?
A: I joined FIRST Robotics at my school when I was in 8th grade. This was the first year that my school offered robotics thanks to a demonstration by the Clarkson team at my high school. I probably would not have ever learned about FIRST if it was not for Clarkson.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
A: Nikola Tesla. Tesla made so many strides in electrical engineering that are still in place today. I would especially want to ask him about his wireless energy transfer, which to me is his greatest legacy.
Q: What is the extent of your involvement with FIRST Robotics?
A: I am a FIRST Scholarship winner for my dedication to FIRST throughout high school. I live on the LLC floor which allows me to mentor FIRST teams and help out with competitiona and other FIRST events. This summer I am working with Dr. Carroll and his FIRST outreach programs.
Q: How does FIRST Robotics relate to your areas of study?
A: FIRST requires a lot of programming and wiring, which fits perfectly into my major. I need to be fluent in the programming languages of FTC and FLL in order to be a helpful mentor to those areas.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love figure skating. I have been figure skating since I was six and any chance I get, I go to open skate in Cheel Arena. Nothing calms my nerves me like being on the ice.
Q: What is the best aspect about being a part of FIRST Robotics?
A: I love working with the kids and seeing them get excited about robotics. It's so great to see the next generation wanting to work with science and technology, and introducing it at a young age is a great way to spark their interest.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: After college, I want to work with power companies that use green energy and maybe even help develop new sources of environmentally friendly power. I’m also interested in continuing my work with FIRST by mentoring a local team or even starting up a new team for a local school.
Q: What other unique experiences have you had at Clarkson?
A: I enjoy being a part of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the electrical and computer engineering honor society. Being a part of HKN has allowed me to talk to other students in my field about just about anything pertaining to my field of study.
Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The roof of the CAMP building!