By Kel Hahn
What ties Isabel Moore to the University of Kentucky College of Engineering is, and has always been, people.
People made Isabel and her family feel welcome when she visited campus as a prospective student from Effingham, Illinois.
“I toured a lot of universities when I was in high school. When I first visited UK, I spent a lot of time with the recruiters, and they remembered me every time I came back. Whenever we were lost on campus, students came up and helped us. I spent a lot of time with freshman advisors Diane Freeman and Jennifer Doerge. I felt like this was an inclusive community from the start, and that has only intensified throughout my time here.”
People invited Isabel into research experiences and demonstrated passion for their areas of expertise.
“Although I’m an electrical engineering major, I’ve always had an interest in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. That combination led me to spend two semesters working in biomedical engineering professor Sridhar Sunderam’s Neural Signals and Systems Lab. And I can’t say enough about electrical engineering professor, Janet Lumpp. She is an example of a professor who can bring material to life. She got me excited about topics I didn’t know I could find interesting. Although I’ve already taken her circuits and lasers courses, I’m currently taking her printed circuit boards (PCBs) design course as an elective because I’ve really wanted to learn how to design PCBs and because she’s teaching it.”
People connected Isabel to an industry she had never considered exploring—but now absolutely loves.
“I work part-time at Space Tango in Lexington, which develops experiments for microgravity environments and sends them to the International Space Station. It’s so amazing that most of the engineers who work at Space Tango are College of Engineering alumni from UK. The work is incredible. I never thought I would be doing this in Kentucky or anywhere; I never had an interest in space until I got connected here. Now, I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
People are the main reason Isabel has served part-time in the Dean’s Suite for nearly three years.
“I was pitching in and alphabetizing some files for the recruiters at the beginning of my sophomore year, and Robyn Morefield, assistant to the dean, noticed me working and asked if I would like a job. I’ve been here ever since. It’s been a fantastic experience. I am so grateful for the relationships I have with the faculty and staff. I am continually surprised by the faculty’s complete commitment to the student experience. I cannot count the number of times that the Recruitment team, Career Services, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Dean’s Suite have made me feel heard and valued. The people definitely keep me here.”
As a College of Engineering Ambassador, Isabel shares her experience—from recruitment to her upcoming graduation—with potential students during tours and open houses.
“My experience makes it easy to get excited about recruiting students,” she says.
Maybe one day, a UK College of Engineering student will reflect that meeting Isabel, and catching her authentic enthusiasm, convinced them to make UK their Engineering destination.