Sydney Wimberley

Sydney Wimberely

Chemical Engineering

Class of 2020

Chemical Engineerig

What does the NSBE Mission mean to you?

When I went to the first NSBE meeting of the year we recited our mission statement, “To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community”.  When I contemplated what the statement meant, I realized that it aligns with my goals as a Black engineer. For me, our mission indicates that it is necessary to support each other to achieve success in any STEM field, and to encourage other black men and women to go into these fields.

What has been your favorite UConn NSBE moment?

This year was the start of the Freshman Leadership Initiative. Our first project as a group was to plan a general body meeting. Since the meeting was in February, Black History Month, we decided to have a celebration of Black people in STEM, followed by team-building exercises. By planning this meeting, we learned a lot about how NSBE runs as an organization, and I got to know my fellow group members.

What type of leader are you?

In my opinion, a good leader is someone who is able to work well with a variety of people and keep an open line of communication between all parties. I think it is also important to notice people’s strengths and how to capitalize on them. As a leader, I strive to have a team mentality where we all rely on each other, and know how to collectively work towards a common goal.

What do you hope to do/achieve after you graduate?

Currently I have the plan of earning my B.S. in chemical engineering and later attending graduate school, and eventually working in industry. Along the way, I plan on studying abroad, and eventually one day be able to work abroad.

What research projects have you worked on?

In the past I have researched alternatives to antibiotics. As this was my first introduction to lab work, it was a great first start into the world of research. I later learned more about research and engineering when I was an intern at UConn Health through HCOP. In the future, I hope to gain more knowledge and experience through research, in chemical engineering.

What advice would you give to other UConn NSBE members/prospective members about our chapter?

STEM is a challenge, but there are fulfilling results after hard work. If you enjoy it, push through, and you will be rewarded.

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